Monarch Wrestling Signees Dechow and Jessen Win State Titles

February 21, 2012
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Feb. 21, 2012

NORFOLK, Va. - Two members of the incoming 2012 Old Dominion University Wrestling recruiting class won state titles over the weekend in their respective weight classes. Jack Dechow won the 182-pound title in Illinois while Joe Jessen earned the 195-pound championship title in Virginia. Both wrestlers pinned their opponents in the title match.

Jack Dechow

Jack Dechow
Jack Dechow (Richmond, Ill./Richmond Burton HS) saved the best for last in his career at Richmond Burton High School. After finishing runner-up in his sophomore and junior seasons in wrestling and losing in the 4A football state championship final just three months ago in Champaign, Ill., Dechow won the 2A title at 182 pounds when he pinned Bloomington's Stephon Rudicil at the 1:53 mark. In total, Dechow pinned three of his opponents en route to the title.

Phil English of the Chicago Tribune caught up with Dechow after the match who said this: "After making it to the semis, I said to myself 'finally.' I've been here three times, and this time mentally I wanted to dominate this whole bracket," said Dechow, who will wrestle at Old Dominion next season. "It's awesome being in the state finals for football and state wrestling. But I wasn't taking second again, that's for sure."

A look at Dechow's journey heading into the state championships by Bill Hupp can be found here.

Joe Jessen
Joe Jessen (Winchester, Va./Milbrook HS) won his second consecutive state championship when he pinned Rockbridge County's Addison Siler at the 1:14 mark to claim the title at 195 pounds in AA at the Salem Civic Center. Last season, Jessen won the title at 189 pounds. He finished 2012 with a record of 48-3 and with a stellar career record of 154-22. 

Dennis Atwood of caught up with Jessen who said this: "I pinned Siler last year late in the match," Jessen said. "This year, [Siler] had obviously progressed, but overall I felt like I peaked at the right time. Our coaches did a great job. They ground us into the mat for a couple of months, but towards the end, they knew exactly what to do to keep us in shape and make us feel good.

"In [the Siler] match, I went from a sweep into a turk, then I brought his foot to his head. He started squealing in pain, the light switch went on, and I started smelling the blood in the water. I heard the coaches yelling, 'get him, get him, stick him now,' so I ended up throwing the half [nelson] and he was giving up a lot. I kept his head down and ran him over with the half-nelson, and ended up getting the pin when I needed it.

The full article on Jessen by Atwood can be read here.

Video highlights of Jessen's win over Siler in the AA 195-pound finals can be seen here