Pattison also reaches podium,wrestles for seventh place today
COLUMBUS — It has been a long journey for Jordan Crace, but the Bellefontaine wrestling star is headed back to the state finals.
A senior 145 pounder, Crace won his championship semifinal match Friday evening at the OHSAA Division II state wrestling tournament and put himself center stage for tonight’s state finals inside the Jerome Schottenstein Center.
“It’s an amazing feeling,” said Crace. “I’ve been off the radar for awhile, so it’s good to be back. I kept my head on straight and just focused on my wrestling. That’s where I succeed at in life. It takes me where I need to be.”
Crace (38-0) is now the highest placer in program history and the Chiefs’ first state finalist.
The OHSAA state finals begin tonight at 5:45 p.m. Crace faces Granville’s Douglas Terry (44-3) in the state championship match. Crace beat Terry 6-1 at Top Gun earlier this season.
“There’s just one more task, one more match for me to complete,” said Crace. “It’s what I set out to do and I’m almost there. I’m going to get what’s mine and go get my second state title.”
Bellefontaine also saw senior Bruno Pattison earn a spot on the podium at 220 pounds. Pattison lost in the championship quarterfinals, but bounced back with another win to secure himself a spot on the podium. He then lost his next consolation match and will wrestle for seventh place today at 10 a.m.
“It feels good to place,” said Pattison. “I knew I had a good chance at placing, especially after I won my first match on Thursday. Now I want to end my career with a win and get seventh place.”
Crace and Pattison become the fourth and fifth state placers in program history. It is also the first time the program has placed two wrestlers at the state tournament in the same season.
“Both of them knew they had the ability to be where they ended up now,” said Bellefontaine head coach Brady Hiatt. “I’m excited for those two guys, especially when you do something that no one else in our program’s history has done before. They were talking earlier and they can’t even believe it.”
PICTURED IN SATURDAY'S EXAMINER: Bellefontaine’s Jordan Crace reacts after winning his 145-pound championship semifinal match Friday night at the Division II state wrestling tournament in Columbus. Crace will wrestle for the state championship at 5:45 p.m. today.
ALSO: Bellefontaine’s Bruno Pattison holds down Beaver Local’s Garret Givens during a 220-pound consolation match at the state tournament.
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