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Former Assistant Grant, Current Bull Terrance take 1-2 at Guelph Open

Former wrestling assistant coach Justin Grant upset an Olympian en route to a title and current Bull Nolan Terrance took 2nd at the Guelph Open today.

International competitions have become more of a regularity for UB Wrestling under head coach John Stutzman and while Nate Rose has certainly gotten the most notoriety for wrestling in the World Championships before his freshman season, Nolan Terrance has complied quite a resume as well. After competing at the UWW World Juniors and the Pan Am Championships for Canada, he competed at the Guelph Open today alongside former UB assistant coach Justin Grant at 125 kilos.

Terrance, representing the Kahnawake Survival School Wrestling Club of Quebec, earned a dominant 10-0 technical fall victory over Geordon Watkins of Guelph University in his opening round match. Terrance cruised into the finals with a 6-0 decision over Jag Bhullal of the Burnaby Mountain Wrestling Club.

Grant, representing the New York Athletic Club, had a first round bye and faced Korey Jarvis, of the Guelph Wrestling Club in the semifinals. Grant defeated Jarvis in a narrow 2-1 decision, and while the score may not indicate it, the win is far more impressive than it seems. Jarvis is a former silver medalist at the Pan American Games and won the Canadian National Championship in both Greco-Roman and Freestyle wrestling for three consecutive years, the only Canadian to ever accomplish this feat. For his efforts he was named to the 2016 Canadian National team and competed at the Olympic Games in Rio.

Then, it was student versus teacher in the finals. Grant was able to easily upend the less experienced Terrance in a 10-0 technical fall to take home the gold, while Terrance took home silver.

Upsetting a former Olympian is no easy task and the win is a nice feather in Grant’s cap. Grant himself has competed in the US Olympic Trials in 2012 and 2016 and will be looking to make a run in the lead-up to the 2020 Olympics. As for Terrance it was another impressive showing after winning the Greco-Roman national championship last summer. Despite coming in 2nd Terrance is really starting to build a solid international resume and he should be hot on the international circuit this coming off-season.