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Death of two-time Ohio state champ Jan Maynard, father of Gray Maynard

Jan Maynard, two-time Ohio state champion wrestler and father of amateur wrestling star and mixed martial arts star Gray Maynard, passed away on March 24 in Las Vegas. He was 74.

Jan Maynard with son Gray Maynard
Born October 10, 1945, Jan Maynard made a name for himself in wrestling at Cleveland South High School in the early 1960s. He earned back-to-back Ohio high school state championships, winning the 103-pound title in 1962 ... then, claiming the 112-pound crown in 1963. That same year, Jan Maynard was co-captain of the wrestling team at Cleveland South.

In October 2019, Jan Maynard was welcomed as an inaugural member of the Sports Legends of Cleveland Metropolitan School District. He was presented with a certificate reading in part, "It is my pleasure to present this Certificate of Recognition to Mr. Jan Maynard ... for outstanding achievements in Wrestling. I commend Jan Maynard on his induction into the Cleveland Metropolitan School District Hall of Fame ..."

That same month on Facebook, Gray Maynard stated his pride of his father and his accomplishments:



Gray Maynard accomplished much in his amateur wrestling career and as a professional MMA fighter. He grew up in Las Vegas, then transferred to national mat powerhouse St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio outside Cleveland, where he was a two-time state finalist, winning an Ohio state title in 1998 at 152 pounds. Gray Maynard then headed north to wrestle at Michigan State University, where he was a three-time NCAA All-American, tallying 106 wins. He then launched his MMA career in 2008, compiling a record of 13-7 in a decade-long career.

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