Hudson Jump's prep career had a fitting ending.

The senior subdued opponents in the Division III state tournament for the second consecutive season, finishing as a two-time champion and Grandview Heights High School's winningest wrestler.

Jump dominated the competition at 220 pounds while earning four technical falls March 7-9 at Ohio State. He capped a 38-0 season by defeating Van Buren's Kaleb Snodgrass 19-4.

"My goal has been to tech fall (my opponents throughout) the whole state tournament," said Jump, who went 41-1 last season while winning the state title at 195. "I got that done, which feels great, which just feels awesome. Just being here with my coaches one last time and having my family and the community behind me, it's just awesome."

A technical fall occurs when a wrestler leads by 15 or more points, ending the match. It is wrestling's equivalent of a technical knockout in boxing.

"Hudson's a great kid," fifth-year coach Sam Mehling said. "He embraces the challenge. He doesn't really worry about the opponent, he cares about himself. He always wants to give himself a personal challenge. He's challenging himself, not the opponent."

Jump will graduate as the program leader in wins, finishing with a 161-11 record. He broke the previous mark of 155 set by 2016 graduate Brendan Fitzgerald.

He also set the record for takedowns in a season, finishing this year with 245, an average of 6.4 per match.

Jump also became the program's third two-time state champion. The others are 1986 graduate Joey Bonaventura (98 pounds in 1985 and 105 in 1986 in Class A) and 2003 graduate Johnny Vogel (140 in 2002 and 145 in 2003 in Division III).

This year at state, Jump won his first-round match against Gibsonburg's Hunter Smith 19-3. He defeated Newbury's Alex Piczer 24-7 in the second round and Hamler Patrick Henry's Wil Morrow, who went on to finish third, 23-7 in a semifinal.

"Really all year, my goal has been to push myself to my limits, and it hasn't just been (at state)," said Jump, who placed fifth at state at 195 as a sophomore and seventh at 182 as a freshman. "I don't worry about the other guy. If I tech fall him in the first period or win by one point, I'm going to do what I've got to do to win. I believe I'm going to wrestle (my match) if I push myself as hard as I can and not worry about the other person."

All but one of Jump's 38 victories this season came by pin or technical fall. The exception was an 18-9 major decision over Delta's Austin Kohlhofer in the Medina Invitational Tournament, which was held Dec. 27 and 28.

Jump was the only state competitor for the Bobcats. He scored 28 points, giving Grandview a tie for 15th behind champion Genoa Area (172) as 89 teams scored.

At district March 1 and 2 at Rayland Buckeye Local and at sectional Feb. 23 at Madison Plains, Jump won titles while going a combined 7-0. In those tournaments, he had two technical falls and five pins. At district, he recorded four pins in just 6 minutes, 37 seconds of mat time.

For the fourth consecutive season, Jump won his weight class in the MSL-Ohio Division tournament as the Bobcats finished fourth (0-3) behind champion Bexley (3-0) on Feb. 16 at Whitehall. He also earned his third consecutive league Most Valuable Wrestler honor.

The senior class was comprised of Jump, Derek Tullis (132) and Jack Wallace (heavyweight; first-team all-league). Tullis suffered a season-ending knee injury in February.

Juniors Gabhran Downer (220) and Eli Tullis (126) and freshman Tazio Pintor (120) are expected to return for the Bobcats.

"We have three kids coming back and we have another who definitely will come up from middle school," Mehling said. "Our middle school coach, Mike Dodge, who is also an assistant football coach, does a great job of recruiting for us."

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