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Jake Grigson isn't ready to step into the ring against world-class mixed martial

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arts bantamweights such as Dominick Cruz or Brian Bowles, but a guy can dream, can't he?

“I'm probably going to turn pro after one or two more fights,” said Grigson, a 2007 Northwood High School graduate who defended his bantamweight title at the Ohio Cage Combat VII event April 2 at the Lucas County Recreation Center.

Grigson, 22, who ran his amateur mixed martial arts (MMA) record to 6-0, is a three-time Ohio Cage Combat champion. A two-time state wrestling tournament qualifier during his prep career at Northwood, Grigson took up MMA in 2009.

“My buddy, P.J. McKibben, got me into it just a little over a year ago,” Grigson said. “He said, 'Hey, come to the gym with me.' After that, I stuck with it. It's fun. P.J. did it for about a year. He hurt his knee and hasn't been doing it since.”

Grigson said he feeds off the challenge of facing an opponent mano-a-mano.

“I always liked the one-on-one competitive sports,” said Grigson, an assistant wrestling coach at Northwood. “If you win, it's because of you. If you lose, it's because of you. I enjoy it. I enjoy training and stuff ...”

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Mike Drake, who lives across the street from mixed martial arts wrestler Jake

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Grigson's grandfather in Northwood, is an RN and has been a nursing supervisor at the University of Toledo Medical Center (formerly MCO) for the past two and a half years.

The 5-10 Oregon native, now 37 years old, was a mechanic before he decided to go into nursing.

“It kind of got to where I realized getting a degree, some good insurance and being able to take a vacation was important,” Drake said of switching careers. “I became a nurse at 26. I felt I had to find a degree and I chose nursing. I'm a people person and I always enjoyed the sciences.

“I worked full-time as a mechanic and went to school full-time, and I would have to scrub my nails real good before I went to clinicals. I cut trees on the side now ... I'm all over the place.”

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If you Googled the University of Michigan women's track and field website recently, it shouldn't have been any surprise that Woodmore graduate Emily Pendleton's picture was the site's featured artwork.

She's earned it.

Pendleton, a junior thrower for the Wolverines, has won all three discus events she has participated in during the spring outdoor season. The two-time defending Big Ten discus champion's season-best throw came in the opening meet when she threw 53.98 meters (177.1 feet) at the Bulls Invitational.

She is the only Wolverine to have the top mark or time in more than one event (discus and hammer throw) this season.

Last year Pendleton helped UM take second at the Big Ten Championships and seventh at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

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