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Old 07-06-17, 09:00 AM
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Originally Posted by falcons53 View Post
I was not in anyway trying to say St. Edward has done anything illegal or against OHSAA rules. I remember way back in the 80's they were called the Evil Empire by folks. Purely out of jealousy I am sure. The public vs private school issue is nothing new in Ohio and I am sure that has only increased the issue, as mentioned about Mass Perry calling themselves public school state champs. Cleveland All-Stars, Ohio All-Stars have been common statements about them, just like St. Ignatius was called in football for years as well.

Whether outright recruiting happened in building the program or not, many people will assume. I have no animosity towards St. Edward wrestling. I enjoyed competing against them. We were never in the team race, so individual success was the mark to attain. I guess if we had a few other kids in our lineup with state success and lost a team race I may feel differently. We had plenty of success against them in football, so in my mind it kind of balanced out.
OK, you're right. Ed's was The Evil Empire back in the late 70s to late 80s when they won 10 straight D1 titles from 78-87 and several national titles in that span. I think it was the summer of 87 that a young pilot named Luke Skywalker destroyed the Deathstar (Ed's weapon of mass destruction). From 88-96 Ed's won 2 titles (89 & 92) over the course of 9 years, most of those years being bested by Walsh Jesuit. And while they won again in 97, that team lost to D2 champ Walsh Jesuit in a dual, the first year Walsh was moved to D2. While Ed's has won nearly every D1 title since 97, SPG has beaten Ed's more times than not since Jordan has taken over that program in 2002 (I think). So, I think The Evil Empire moniker worked for Ed's well in that late 70s to late 80s span, but not since that time. They still clearly are the best D1 program in Ohio, and regularly one of the top 5 programs in the country nearly every year.

Here's a picture of Ed's accepting the State Championship trophy back in 1987.

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