COLUMBUS — Jacob and Jordan Decatur came into Value City Arena knowing they were a whisper away from where they’ll wrestle as Ohio State Buckeyes next season.
On Saturday, the twins finished their high school careers at the Division II state wrestling tournament with a shout.
Both earned their third state titles for CVCA, and like before, both did it in impressive fashion.
Jacob Decatur (113 pounds) finished a doneybrook with a 4-2 win over three-time state placer Cael Woods.
"Block O, baby. I did this for all my Ohio State boys," he said. "Getting to be with them next year, this means a lot. I know they’re at Big Tens right now and couldn’t be here, but I talked to all the coaches. To do this with my brother is huge because he’s going to be a Buckeye, too. It’s awesome.
"Three is just a number, but to do it with him, with my family in my corner and with God in my corner is important to me."
Tied with the end of regulation near, the scored off a sprawl with one second left in front of many of the same fans who will cheer him on when he’s in the scarlet and grey.
"I thought I was out of time and apparently the refs didn’t think so and that’s what they called," Woods said. "I thought they were going to blow the whistle and I was paying attention to the clock and wasn’t really paying attention to the match. Rookie mistake."
Jacob Decatur’s redemption win over Woods, who beat him 2-1 at North Canton in December, may have been divine intervention, but it was determination as well.
"Usually I don’t like to scramble too much, but once he moved around a little bit, I knew I could come around the head and kind of scoop it in and get my takedown," Jacob Decatur said. "We talked about that all week in practice, just getting out on bottom and staying tough. I don’t know, I just felt the presence of god dwelling in me and knew with him anything was possible."
Jordan Decatur (132) waited for some last-minute heroics as well.
Up 1-0 heading into the third, two-time state finalist Nick Moore of St. Paris Graham mistakenly turned to his coaches and told them he was going to kick out Decatur.
"I got this," Moore said.
Jordan Decatur drilled a takedown with 18 seconds left to win 3-1.
"It’s important for the program and important to me," he said. "All glory to God. All season we’ve been preaching to finish. That was the big emphasis and Jake and I did that.
"It’s very special to hear the cheers. They cheered for Jake. They cheered for me. It’s great that they cheered for me. Three’s a special number. You have the holy trinity and three state championships. Go Bucks."
Ohio State’s gain is CVCA’s loss, but Royals coach David Bergen will never forget his special set of twin three-time state champions.
"These guys are the biggest hearted most caring guys," he said. "The legacy they leave is enormous. They care about the kids that are 10 years out. The kids that are two years out. The kids that aren’t even starting. There’s no hierarchy. They are the most selfless kids I’ve ever met. They love everybody."
CVCA has one other All-Ohio in Columbus as sophomore 126-pounder Matt Williams finished in sixth place. Williams lost in the fifth-place match to Lake Catholic’s Connor McCrone.