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MIT-bound Bordelon finishes with state bronze

February 25, 2019

It has been a senior year filled with memorable moments for Strake Jesuit student-athlete Grant Bordelon. After helping to lead the Crusaders to one of their best seasons on the gridiron, Bordelon earned a return trip to the UIL state wrestling championships and walked away with a bronze medal.

As fondly as Bordelon will likely remember such achievements, one might stand alone - being accepted into the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He officially committed to attend and play football in Cambridge in December.

“I’m really an engineering guy,” Bordelon said. “I’m into that. That was my No. 1 factor in picking a school. Getting to play football there too is a cool deal. I still can’t really believe it. I’m super excited. It’s going to be really fun.”

Bordelon was part of an impressive football signing class at Strake Jesuit, including teammates Nathaniel Beal (Virginia), Jett Bush (Texas), Caleb Crawford (Trinity), Thomas Gordon (Northwestern) and Michael Wiley (Arizona).

They combined to help lead an exceptional 10-2 season, which included a win against non-district rival St. Thomas, a 6-0 start, a runner-up finish in the Crusaders’ first season in District 23-6A and a 55-7 rout of Clear Brook in the bi-district playoffs.

They outscored opponents 541-270 along the way, amassing more than 5,000 yards, with 3,034 on the ground at an average of 8.7 yards per carry. Strake Jesuit traded scores with eventual state finalist Beaumont West Brook before falling 54-43.

“That was so much fun,” Bordelon said. “We ran the ball really well, played good defense. I wish we could’ve taken it a couple more games, but everyone does.”

Bordelon prefers football, earning all-district honors as an interior offensive lineman. But he has become one of the best wrestlers in Texas since starting the sport his freshman year.

He said he particularly started developing his skills sophomore year and was a regional champion and state qualifier by his junior season. He advanced to the quarterfinals in 285-pound class.

Bordelon took an undefeated record into his senior state tournament, repeating as Region III-6A champion in a final against Katy Taylor junior Curshawn Wilkins. The two met again in a key consolation bracket match at the state tournament Feb. 23 at the Berry Center in Cypress, with Bordelon winning 9-1 to reach the third-place match.

“He’s a good wrestler,” Bordelon said following their regional match. “I tried to take my time and make sure I had the right thing set up, just be patient with him. That’s kind of my mentality.”

Bordelon started the state tournament with a pin and a thrilling 4-2 quarterfinal win in the first tiebreaker period. He won four of five state matches, including a 6-2 win for the bronze medal to finish his senior season at 36-1.