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Top 50 Countdown - #40-#39

By MI Grappler, 03/21/20, 1:15PM EDT


Bubba Gritter & AJ Grant

40. AJ Grant

Grant was a two-time state champ for Clarkston and also placed 3rd as a sophomore for the Wolves.  He placed at Fargo seven times - three on the Cadet level and four on the Junior level - and won a Cadet Greco title in 1996.  As a senior in 1999, he placed 4th at the Senior Nationals at 119 and was named an Asics/Tiger All-American Honorable Mention selection.

At Michigan, he was a four-time NCAA qualifier and placed inside the top five at the Big Tens in each year.  He reached the podium twice, placing 4th as a sophomore and as a senior.  Grant won a total of 116 matches for the Wolverines and was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2000. 

He stayed in the D1 scene for the better part of a decade as he was an Assistant Coach at North Carolina for nearly ten years.  More recently, he made headlines in Atlanta when he chased down a suspected thief in his neighborhood and put his wrestling to good use (link).

39. Bubba Gritter

Gritter was a three-time state champion at 285 lbs for Grandville during his high school career.  A 4th-place finish at Senior Nationals and an Honorable Mention selection to the Asics/Tiger All-American team would follow and he'd head off to Central Michigan for college.

At CMU, he won a pair of MAC titles and was a two-time All-American, finishing 5th in 2007 and 7th in 2008.  He was the MVP of the 2007 Chippewa squad and picked up 105 career wins, good for 15th all-time.  He was inducted into the CMU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2019.

Flowrestling Videos:
Post-2008 MAC Championship
2008 MAC Finals vs. Jermail Porter (KSU) Pt. 2
A Man Named Bubba