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Graham, M’burg, Marysville have big nights

COLUMBUS — It was a record-setting night Saturday for several teams in the surrounding area.

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ABOVE: Graham’s Micah Jordan handles Clyde’s Beau Minnick during the Division II 145-pound state title match Saturday in Columbus. Jordan became Ohio’s 26th four-time state champion with the victory. BELOW: Mechanicsburg’s Austin Reese has his hand raised after winning the Division III 160-pound state title. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | AARON LABATT)

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Graham, Mechanicsburg and Marysville all had impressive performances at the 77th annual OHSAA state wrestling championships.

The Falcons captured their 14th-straight Division II state title Saturday and now hold the record for most consecutive championships. They were previously tied with Lakewood St. Edward with 13 apiece.

Highlighting Saturday’s finals were Graham’s Micah Jordan (145) and Dayton Christian’s Jacob Danishek (152), who both won their fourth state titles.

Micah Jordan becomes Ohio’s 26th four-timer and now gives his family 12 state titles. The Jordans have 22 total state titles for a family, with his uncle Jim and cousin’s state titles. It is believed to be the most in the country for a single family.

Micah finishes with a high school record of 187-9. He will wrestle for Ohio State next season.

Graham won the Division II state title with 155.5 points and crowned four individual state champions with Eli Stickley (113), Kyle Lawson (138), Jordan (145) and Alex Marinelli (160).

Placing second was Brent Moore (132), while third-place finishes came from Mario Kastl (120) and Eli Seipel (126). Taking sixth were Justin Stickley (106) and Josh Couhman (195).

Urbana sophomore sensation Jack Harris (182) came up short of a state championship and finished second. He lost to Aaron Adkins of St. Vincent-St. Marys 5-4 in the finals Saturday. Adkins had beaten Harris in last year’s state title match. Harris finished fifth last season.

Also of interest, Northwestern’s Devin Rogers (126) placed fourth, Kenton Ridge’s Preston Bowshier (138) finished sixth and Jonathan Alder’s Troy Caldwell won a state title at 285 pounds.

 

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