2019 Inductee Matt Grant, 1993
Matt Grant, who graduated from Bellevue High School in 1993, was one tough athlete both on the football field and the wrestling mat, earning two letters in football and three in wrestling.
He captained the Redmen during his senior 1992 year in football, helping lead the team to a 9-1 record and the Northern Ohio League title. That season, the Redmen scored 392 points and gave up only 70 in 10 games. Matt was named to the All-Ohio Honorable Mention Team as a running back. The Redmen also won the league title during Matt’s junior year in 1991.
Some of Matt’s football accomplishments include: scoring five touchdowns vs. Upper Sandusky; being team conditioning champ as a senior and holding the dips record from 1992-08; he was MVP in 1992; he was Second Team All-League linebacker in 1992 and First Team running back; he scored 150 points to eclipse Marc McClain’s school record of 118 that had stood since 1961; he scored 24 touchdowns in 1992 to break McClain’s record also set in 1961; he averaged 6.8 yards per carry and rushed for 1,195 yards in 1992, and he also caught 17 passes for 293 yards (17.3 yards per catch).
Matt lettered in wrestling as a sophomore then finished as champion of both the Galion Invite and Clyde Invite as a junior. He was a team captain his senior season of 1993 and helped the Redmen to back-to-back Northern Ohio League titles in 1992 & 1993. Those two teams never lost a dual match, going 28-0 with the 1993 team finishing fourth at the State Meet, which is still the highest finish ever at State for a Redmen team.
Matt’s senior record was 31-5 overall and he was second at both Bellevue and Clyde Invites, was Northern Ohio League champion at 171 pounds, was third at Sectionals, third at Districts, and third at the State. He finished his career at 66-29, which was ninth best at the time.
Matt is currently employed by Reed Chiropractic Clinic in Solon, Ohio, and also at Tenpenny Integrative Medical Center in Middlelburg Heights, Ohio. He is a chiropractor. He also has staff privileges at St. Vincent Charity Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio. Matt and his wife Alanna live in Twinsburg, Ohio. They are proud parents of Major (14), Bearon (11), and Falyn (7).
Dennis Sabo introduces 1993 graduate Matt Grant.