Amazing Crace

Senior wins first state wrestling title for Chieftains

Crace Celebrate

Bellefontaine’s Jordan Crace celebrates after winning the Division II 145-pound state championship Saturday inside the Jerome Schottenstein Center in Columbus. Crace is Bellefontaine’s first state champion in wrestling and a two-time state champion. (EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LaBATT)

COLUMBUS — In the history of Bellefontaine wrestling there had never been a state champion. Jordan Crace changed that Saturday night.

A senior, Crace captured the 145-pound state title during the Division II Ohio High School Athletic Association state wrestling tournament. He defeated Granville’s Douglas Terry 6-1 in the finals to finish the season undefeated at 39-0.

“I’m a hard worker and everything has paid off,” said Crace. “I pushed myself and so did my teammates and coaches. It’s all worth it in the end. If you give it 100 percent from start to finish it shows. It showed tonight.”

Crace is the wrestling program’s first state champion and the school’s third athlete to win a state title.

“It’s awesome to be the program’s first state champion,” said Crace. “It kind of makes you feel like a small town hero. It’s exciting and its a great way to end my senior season and finish the year.”

Read complete story in Monday's Examiner
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