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Last year's state runner-up signs a letter of intent to California Baptist University.

STAFF PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - Century senior Josh Grant signs his letter of intent to wrestle at California Baptist University with his mother Kimberlee Grant, grandmother Sandi Normoyle, his father Leroy Grant and his brother Jamarcus Grant at Century High School in Hillsboro, Ore., on Wednesday, May 30, 2018.Century's Josh Grant made his college choice official, signing his letter of intent to wrestle at California Baptist University Wednesday, May 30, in the athletic offices at Century High School.

In a festive ceremony shortly after the school's afternoon bell, Grant happily solidified his choice in front of family, friends, and coaches, all at least partially responsible for helping him get to the brink of his dream of being a collegiate wrestler.

"Obviously, I'd like to thank Tak (Century head wrestling coach Guy Takahashi)," said Grant. "Plus, all our assistant coaches, my parents and brother, and my teammates who all pushed me to get better."

The soon-to-be-graduate, who started wrestling during his freshman year as a means of staying in shape, finished second at last year's OSAA 6A State Wrestling Championships in the 160 pound weight division. In addition, Grant finished second in school history in season wins (46), third in takedowns (175), fifth in pins (25), and third in career wins with 129. He chose Cal Baptist over suitors such as Oregon State, Clackamas Community College and Menlo College in Atherton, California.

Why? Let him tell you.

"During my visit I really liked it and the team was cool, and I felt I bonded immediately," Grant said. "I really like the location and the coaching staff is solid."

Coach Takahashi spoke glowingly of Grant and his skills, and is especially interested in watching him blossom at the collegiate level.

"Josh is the best technical wrestler that has yet to come out of Century and he has only begun to tap into his potential," Takahashi said. "I can't wait to see Josh in four years become Century's first Division-I All-American."

While skilled, the Century coach also credited Grant's work ethic as being instrumental to his success, and also praised the two-time Metro League District Champion for becoming what he hopes all his athletes eventually evolve into.

STAFF PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - Century's Josh Grant poses for a photo with Century wrestling coach Guy Takahashi at his letter of intent ceremony May 30, at Century High School.
"He is one of the hardest workers that always has a plan and takes actions to make plans a reality," said Takahashi. "Josh is an example of everything that I want Century wrestlers to be like, a very polite gentleman that everyone respects and works hard on and off the mat. I am so proud of everything he has done and the great man he has become."

Grant wasn't a one-trick-pony either, carrying a 3.33 GPA while also excelling on the baseball diamond where he was twice selected all-league and batted more than .300 in each of his three years on varsity. Despite his success, he's putting the baseball behind him and focusing solely on his future on the mat at CBU.

And what will he miss about Century?

"Coach Tak, for sure," said Grant. "But also my teammates. Our team chemistry was just so great."

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