Wrestling: Incoming Freshman Bo Jordan on why he chose the Buckeyes over Wisconsin

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August 21, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Curt Heinrichs 1) Just simply for the sake of clarity, let’s break your family down so that way  the readers have an understanding of exactly how all of the wrestling Jordans from Graham are related.

Bo Jordan- My dad is Jeff Jordan (4 time Ohio state champion, 2 time NCAA All-American at Wisconsin, currently ranks 8th in all-time career wins at Wisconsin, head coach of Graham High School wrestling team which has been a dominant force in Ohio throughout his tenure). My brothers are Micah (3 time Ohio State champ and verbal commitment to the OSU wrestling class of 2014) and Rocky (8th grader). My uncle is Jim Jordan (4 time Ohio state champ, 2 time NCAA champion, 3 time NCAA All-American, currently #1 at Wisconsin in career victories with 156, currently serves as a US Congressman). Ben (3 time Ohio state champ, NCAA qualifier at Wisconsin) and Isaac (3 time Ohio state champ, currently a RS freshman at Wisconsin) are my cousins.
CH 2) With a pedigree like you have, you’ve probably been wrestling since you’ve been in diapers. What’s your earliest memory on the wrestling mat?
BJ- Probably my earliest memory of wrestling is from when I was really little. We’d put on dad’s kneepads and go around the house. My mom has a picture of us while we’re still in diapers wearing the kneepads and doing penetration steps.
CH3) At what point in your career did you realize that you had the potential to achieve such an outstanding high school career?
BJ- Building up, I’d always wanted to win 4 state titles like my dad. I’ve always kind of shot for that. My freshman year, once I beat Jamie Clark I knew I could do some good things on the mat and I continued to shoot for the best that I could do. That’s when I realized that I could be good.
CH 4) This past winter you won your 4th state title. In a family of state champions, did you feel a great deal of pressure to get #4?

BJ- My freshman year I felt the most pressure, just trying to get the 1st under my belt. After that, I learned to turn that pressure off and just go out and wrestle. I just learned to have fun and do my best because that’s all I can do. Once I learned to ignore the pressure, I became a better wrestler. I found out that pressure is nothing.
CH5) As one of the most sought after recruits in the country, you probably had a pretty interesting recruitment process. Aside from Ohio State, what other programs expressed interest in you?
BJ-  Besides Ohio State, the other teams that really took a look were Penn State, Wisconsin, and Virginia Tech.
CH 6) With your dad, uncle, Ben and Isaac all going to Wisconsin, did you feel compelled to at least give the Badgers a closer look?
BJ- Definitely. Since Isaac is going there and the whole wrestling family so far went to Wisconsin, obviously I took a look there. As soon as they lost Coach Frayer, Coach Pritzlaff (who is now an assistant at Michigan), and Andrew Howe (who took time off to train for the Olympics before deciding to finish his career at Oklahoma),  I figured I should look somewhere else for my best interest.
CH 7) Ultimately, you chose to wrestle at Ohio State. What made you decide you wanted to wrestle for Coach Ryan?
BJ- I know that Coach Ryan won’t let me fail, not just as a wrestler, but as a person. He’s going to watch out for me at all times. Once I saw him, I knew that’s the kind of person I wanted to be with. That’s how my dad is. He’s not going to let me fail and he’s going to hold me accountable for my actions. He’s going to push me to succeed no matter what.
CH 8) What area of wrestling do you feel needs the most work now that you’re in college?
BJ- Probably since I’m in college, I need to work the most on moving on the bottom. In the past, I could get away from about anyone. In college, it’s a lot different and they don’t call stalling as much and guys can ride the ankles. I also need to work on finishing quickly. One thing I know is that college wrestlers are better at takedown defense and if you’re not finishing a shot right, it may take you a while to get the takedown. I need to finish quick once I start a takedown and move more on the bottom.
CH 9) You’ve been in Columbus for some time now and with classes starting this week, what are you looking forward to most about Ohio State outside of the wrestling room?
BJ- Probably just hanging out and having fun with the wrestling team. I want to have fun while I’m here and enjoy my time in school. I’m looking forward to hanging out with my friends and seeing what it’s like to be a college student.

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