COLUMBUS, Ohio – The third and final Jordan Brother to make the transition from perennial powerhouse St. Paris Graham High School to donning the Scarlet & Gray, Rocky Jordan, has his eyes set on what would be the trio’s eighth All-American recognition. Bo and Micah came before, leaving a legacy only further bolstered by Rocky’s 25-7 start to his redshirt freshman campaign.
After essentially missing out on a redshirt season because of injury, Jordan was thrown into the fire at the season-opening Michigan State Open. He placed fifth in his first collegiate competition before going on a run that included not one, not two, not three, but FOUR open tournament titles. Jordan traveled around Ohio and into Pennsylvania to claim championships at the Ohio Intercollegiate Open (Nov. 10), Storm Open (Nov. 24), David Lehman F& M Open (Dec. 4) and Cleveland State Open (Dec. 14).
Jordan emerged from the holiday break as the 184-pounder starter after cutting his teeth at the new weight class for the pair of December events. He would then solidify that spot by knocking off No. 11 Zac Braunagel (Illinois) in his first bout pitted against a nationally-ranked foe. Jordan proved his valor again two weeks later on the road at Nebraska, defeating All-American and ninth-ranked Taylor Venz for his third of five B1G dual victories.
An ability to turn opponents and rack up near-fall points has led to a team-high seven tech falls for Balboa-inspired freshman. Bonus points accumulated by major decisions (Jordan has also recorded four of those this season), tech falls and pins are pivotal to team success in tournament competition.
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