JACKSON — This weekend Jordan Thomas cemented his status as not only one of Greenville’s best wrestlers ever, but one of the state’s best.
With four wins on Saturday, Thomas set the Greenville career wins record and reached an incredible 200 wins. Thomas went undefeated at the Jackson Northwest Invitational to capture the 189 pound title and tournament MVP honors.
A first round pin in 43 seconds of Coldwater’s Kelly Anzaldua was Thomas’ 198th victory. The win broke the previous school record of 197 held by Tyler Keselring. Keselring, a 2010 graduate, currently wrestles for Central Michigan University.
“It means a lot. I started out wrestling with Tyler Keselring as my partner and it was his record,” Thomas said. “Before that it was Adam Hopkins and he was the one that got me started in wrestling with my dad. I always looked up to him and it means a lot to be up there with them.”
Thomas is 29-0 this season and is a two-time individual state champion. He will wrestle collegiately for the University of Michigan.
Win 200 came with a 40 second pin of Lakewood’s Jack Tromp.
“It’s pretty cool. Not a whole lot of people in the state have reached that,” Thomas said. “I’ve been fortunate to stay healthy through my four years. I’ve practiced hard, worked hard and fortunate to be part of a good program so I’m able to reach that many matches.”
Reaching 200 wins was a high school goal of Thomas. He also wanted to win a team state title and four indiviual state titles.
“My big goals were to win a team state championship, which we haven’t done, but have been close,” he said. “Be a four-time state champ. I lost in the finals my freshman year so I fell a little short of that goal. I want to now finish strong as a team and get that third state championship.”
St. Johns — who defeated Greenville in the state semifinals in 2010 and the finals in 2011 — is again the favorite to win a third straight title. Thomas is the No. 1 rated wreslter at 189 pounds and is favored to win the individual title.
Wrestling is a year-round endeavour for Thomas and one of the reasons he is so successful.
“I go to Michigan Extreme with the Bennett’s and St. Johns the whole year round,” Thomas said. “I train with Greenville from November to March. It’s always hard work, staying healthy and trying to stay in shape. There is a lot that goes into it.”
The Yellow Jackets have the chance to make it the team state finals again. Sparta is the expected opponent in the district finals and possibly Gaylord in regionals. Greenville is capable of a return trip to Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek.