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St. Paris Graham Upends St. Ed's to Win D1 State Dual Title

Andy Vance's picture
February 13, 2018 at 9:59am

One of wrestling's biggest D1 NCAA prospect pipelines won another state title over the weekend. St. Paris Graham (yes, locals, I know that only wrestling people call it "St. Paris Graham," and that the school is actually just Graham, don't @ me) won its first state title in Division I by handling longtime D1 power St. Edward, 28-23.

“This is real special,” Jordan told Cleveland.com. “Our big rival is St. Ed’s and, besides winning the state tournament, winning the dual with St. Ed’s is always a big goal for us. We got to do it down here in Columbus for a state title and it doesn’t get any better than that."

Graham typical competes in - and wins state titles in - Division II. The team felt it was up to the tougher task of wrestling against Division I foes this go-round.

“The guys voted unanimously to move up to Division I for this tournament, even though we knew it would be a tough test," Jordan said. "We’ll see how we vote next season if we want to do this again. But Division I this year was really tough.”

Future Buckeye Rocky Jordan, youngest of Coach Jordan's three sons (Bo and Micah are Buckeye starters and All Americans), took care of business with a 15-0 tech fall over Michael Garcar at 170. Buckeye fans hope it's one of many big matches Jordan will win in St. John Arena.

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