2012-03-07 / Front Page

Cowell Earns Place On List Of Champions

by Mario Gomez
Buckeye Correspondent


Jordan Cowell has his arm raised in triumph after defeating Brenden Stanley of Apple Creek Waynedale in the 152-pound championship match of the Ohio High School State Wrestling Championships. Cowell is the first AHS state wrestling champion since 1999.– photo by Mario Gomez Jordan Cowell has his arm raised in triumph after defeating Brenden Stanley of Apple Creek Waynedale in the 152-pound championship match of the Ohio High School State Wrestling Championships. Cowell is the first AHS state wrestling champion since 1999.– photo by Mario Gomez There is little glamour in the sport of wrestling.

Only diehard wrestling fans can rattle off names like Fried, Steiber, and DiSabato and know their contributions to the sport.

Now, a wrestling name familiar to Northwest Ohio is becoming more familiar statewide.

Jordan Cowell, an Archbold High School senior, won the 2012 152-pound state championship in Division III, Saturday, March 3, in Columbus.

He also holds the state record for wins in a career in the state of Ohio.

He was a four-time state qualifier during his high school career and is one of the most successful wrestlers to come out of Archbold.

His career winning percentage ranks him third at AHS, behind Clark Forward and Todd Livengood.

Jordan comes from a family of successful wrestlers.

He is the son of John and Susan. John was Archbold’s first state champion in 1973.

Jordan also has two uncles, Kenny Cowell and Roger Grime, who were state place finishers, and a cousin, Ben Grime, who was a state qualifier, all at Archbold.

“I’ve been (wrestling) since I was young, and I always wanted to be good at it, so I just stayed with it,” said Jordan.

He was motivated to wrestle and succeed by seeing something as a youngster that caught his attention.

“When I started ‘little kids wrestling,’ Clark Forward had just won his third state championship. I thought to myself, wow, that is sweet,” said Jordan.

“He was a three-time state champ and received a standing ovation from the crowd after winning it, and I wanted that. I knew that was what I wanted to do.

“My parents never pressured me, but they did put me in a position to push myself and get better.”

As he approached his freshman year, Jordan ad- mits that his expectations were not high.

“Freshman year starting off, I would have been happy with a .500 record,” he said.

“I ended up doing much better than I expected, and it just kept going from there.”

Jordan’s success on the mat allowed him to meet wrestlers from all over.

His routine involved attending open practices across Ohio and wrestling in tournaments around the country.

“The better you get at wrestling and the more involved you get in the sport, the more people you know,” said Jordan.

“I know people all across the state. I even know people from other states that I’m very good friends with.”

More Than A Wrestler

There is more to Jordan than wrestling, though most hardly know it with the time he puts into the sport.

Tim Meister, AHS principal, sees Jordan as more than an athlete.

Meister said, “I know him as a young man who I have a great relationship with; a very nice kid.

“He never seems to have a bad day. He’s one of those kids that you know when you see him, he’s going to have a smile on his face and a hello for you.”

Meister is aware of Jordan’s playful side, but acknowledges his grownup attitude as well.

“You can give him grief and he’ll give you grief back. But when it’s time to get down to work, he knows where that line is and does it,” Meister said.

“He has been a real pleasure to be around.”

Jordan is actively involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Archbold FFA chapter.

He doesn’t hold back when talking about one of his favorite pastimes.

“I love fishing and hunting,” said Jordan. “I love the outdoors. There is so much to do, and I try to do it all.”

A jack-of-all-trades, Jordan works for the Archbold Parks and Recreation Department and mows lawns for others on the side.

“In the summer I’m always busy. I work all the time, it seems,” he said.

It’s his desire to help others that sets Jordan apart from other people.

“I do a lot of odds-andends jobs for people,” Jordan said. “If anyone needs something done, they usually call me and I do it.”

Austin Double, a special needs student at AHS, has been one of Archbold wrestling’s biggest fans.

This season, the seniors made Austin an honorary member of the team, even recognizing him during Senior Night.

Jordan took Austin under his wing and acknowledged how much of a contributor Austin is to the team.

“He’s a great kid,” said Jordan. "He comes to just about everything that his parents will let him come to, and that’s a lot of stuff. He loves watching us wrestle.

“We tell Austin that we’re a part of the Austin Double fan club. He just loves it!

“We like to support him because he has supported us for so long.”

What The Future Holds

When asked about his future, Jordan pauses and takes some time to answer.

“I don’t know if I’m going to wrestle in the future or not,” he said.

“If I’m going to wrestle at the next level, then I’m going to beat my body up. If I get a scholarship and they make it worth my time, then I will probably wrestle, but if not, then I could care less.”

School still remains an option, though Jordan admits that nothing is set in stone.

“I’d like to go into mechanical engineering right now, but that could all change,” he said.

“I would like to help at the high school if I’m close to home; but honestly, I haven’t really thought much past this weekend at state.”

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