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Graham’s CBC wrestling dominance continue

Graham’s run of Central Buckeye Conference wrestling championships began when head coach Jeff Jordan was an assistant and before its best wrestlers and the coach’s sons, Bo Jordan and Micah Jordan, were born.

That was 20 years ago. The Falcons’ dominance continued Saturday at Ben Logan High School with 341.5 points and eight individual champions. Indian Lake was second with 195.5 points, Northwestern was third at 158 and Kenton Ridge fourth at 148.

Bo Jordan won again at 160 pounds and was named the Mad River Division wrestler of the year. The three-time Division II state champion, who has signed with Ohio State, hadn’t stopped to think about what 20 straight CBC titles means.

“That’s a long time,” he said. “I guess I really hadn’t thought about it like that. It’s something I’ve been in my whole life, and I can’t really see my dad or anybody else in my family doing anything else.”

Jeff Jordan wrestled for Graham, was an assistant coach for eight years, then took over as head coach 12 years ago and has won 12 straight state titles.

“I’ve been blessed, I coach some great kids and they go to war for me and my coaching staff and Graham High School,” Jordan said. “It’s a pleasure to coach them. They work hard.”

Joining Bo Jordan as CBC champions were teammates Eli Stickley (106), Eli Seipel (113), Brent Moore (120), Micah Jordan (132), Nate Henkle (138), Alex Marinelli (152) and Lane Thomas (170).

Northwestern’s rise in the CBC is significant. Three years ago the Warriors had two wrestlers, but in head coach Harry Husted’s second season they are wrestling a full lineup every match and half of them are freshmen.

“We had high hopes,” Husted said. “But we never thought two years ago looking into this that we’d finish in the top three. It was just a hope, a dream.”

Sam Oakes (220) was the Warriors’ lone champion with a major decision against Graham’s Anthony Welty. Devin Rogers (120), Connor Rogers (138), Brandon Rogers (182) and Zach Weekley (195) were runners-up.

Kenton Ridge won the Kenton Trail Division trophy as seven of the nine Cougars who wrestled placed in the top five.

“Overall we wrestled really good today,” Cougars coach Cameron Doggett said. “There are some things I wish could’ve went a little better for us. But I can’t really complain.”

Kenton Ridge’s Elijah Cochran avenged a loss at the Clark County Clash with a 6-3 decision at 126 over Shawnee’s Wade Smiddy. Cochran, a junior, was voted the division’s wrestler of the year.

“Elijah’s wrestling really good right now,” Doggett said. “Everything’s really clicking for him.”

Cochran advanced to the district tournament last year, and his goal is to place in the top five at state this year.

“This is a big step toward sectionals and state,” Cochran said. “I’ve got a long way to go – train hard with my teammates and do everything I can to get there.”

Urbana was sixth with 115 points and was led by champions Jack Harris (182) and Sam Harris (195).

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