CUYAHOGA FALLS — A Brecksville Holiday Tournament crown?
Yep. Jordan Decatur has that one.
How about a North Canton Holiday Tournament title or a Maumee Bay Classic championship?
Uh huh, the Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy senior has those, too.
Add the Grizzly Invitational Tournament, sectional crowns and two state titles to the list.
Fans of the Ohio State signee can even add three freestyle championships in Fargo, N.D., to the list of growing of achievements for Decatur.
The one place Decatur hasn’t won is the Walsh Jesuit Ironman, and he’s looking to end that streak this weekend.
The 25th annual Ironman began Friday, and Decatur remains the only area wrestler still alive on the top side of the bracket and is two wins away from the one place that has always been his bugaboo.
“The drive has become more of a determination,” Decatur said. “I refused to go home with something less than first place. All throughout summer and coming into the season I felt like I had a chip on my shoulder because everyone was talking about how Jacob [his brother] won it.
“I loved the fact he was able to get it done, but the only thing I felt was missing was the fact I haven’t won it yet. I always came into this tournament and people joke around with me and say, 'You’ve never won this — how does that feel?' I don’t want them to be able to do that anymore.”
He has two fourth-place finishes and a fifth-place showing to his name.
If Decatur has his way, that’ll end sometime Saturday morning after he beats Super 32 champion and Blair Academy (N.J.) sophomore Shane VanNess in the round of four.
That’s the determination the 132-pounder has moving forward.
Very rarely has there been an opponent or tournament that has kept him off the top. It’s been the drive since last season’s fourth-place showing.
“There’s a goal there,” CVCA coach David Bergen said. “There’s no doubt. He traditionally hasn’t wrestled his best here in his opinion. I’ve always thought he’s wrestled well. The truth of the matter is, it’s a big tournament and he’d like to win it.”
The proof was in his results on Friday as he rolled to the semifinals.
Decatur started the day with a 14-6 win over LaSalle’s Casey Wiles and then pinned Richie Markulics of Notre Dame (Pa.) in the first period.
That brought a quarterfinal with two-time state placer Kenny Herrmann of Bethlehem Catholic (Pa.).
Herrmann never had a chance in a 10-4 decision that could have easily been much worse.
“I’m coming in just like I have been today,” Decatur said. “I’m just ready. I don’t care what it takes. I don’t care how long it takes. I will get it done no matter how hard I have to work. No matter how hard my opponent works, I will get it done.”
He’s not just doing it for himself, however, he’s doing it for his brother Jacob Decatur (113).
A two-time state champ and returning Ironman titlist, Jacob counted wins over Alex Cameron of Easton (Pa..), Jake Wohtlman of Lake Highland Prep (Fla.) and Jackson Cockrell of Broken Arrow (Okla.).
It put him in a semifinal with returning Pennsylvania state champion Alejandro Herrera-Rondon and put him on the other side of the bracket after a 3-1 quarterfinal loss.
It was just more fuel for the fire for Jordan Decatur.
“It’s not so often where we go to a tournament we both don’t win it or one of us win it,” Jordan said. “I have to keep that going. We’ve got a pretty good streak with at least one of us winning. He won here last year and saved me, so I have to save him this year.”