Bo Jordan is a year older and a couple weight classes bigger, but he didn’t want to bully his brother Micah Jordan into wrestling at Ohio State.
“I definitely encouraged it, but I didn’t want to sway his decision,” Bo said. “I told him, ‘I definitely want you to come to Ohio State. We’ve worked with each other our whole lives, and I think it would be awesome to continue it in college.’ ”
Bo chose OSU last summer and will be a freshmen there this year. Micah, a senior at Graham High School, first visited Purdue this summer.
“He really liked it, which made me nervous,” Bo said.
Then Micah visited Ohio State and decided that was where he wanted to attend college, not Purdue or three-time defending national champion Penn State.
“As soon as he told me that I was pumped,” said Bo, who immediately shared the news on Twitter. “I got a ton of retweets and favorites, so people were pumped about it. I couldn’t be happier.”
Micah will sign his letter of intent in November.
“I think I fit in best at Ohio State, and it’s a great environment to be in,” Micah said. “I think I’ll be successful there.”
The Jordans are used to success on the mats. With their father, Jeff Jordan, as their high school coach they have won seven individual state titles. Micah will try to match Bo this year with his fourth with a move from 132 to 145 pounds. Bo won his fourth title this past year wrestling at 160.
“My goal right now is to win four state titles, but in the future it’s definitely to win four national titles at Ohio State,” Micah said.
The Jordans are also committed to team goals. Graham will try for its 14th straight Division II state title this winter. The Falcons share the record at with Lakewood St. Edward, which owned Division I from 1997-2009.
“You get a whole team that wants to win and a whole team that’s always shooting for that high goal, and we’ll have the same thing at Ohio State,” Bo said.
The Jordans expect to compete for an NCAA team title. The Buckeyes, under sixth-year coach Tom Ryan, finished fifth in the nation in 2012 and sixth this past season.
“It would be awesome to be on the team when they do that,” Micah said. “They think they’re going to make a run for it the next few years.”