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Klein looks for historic 4th individual state title

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  • Eric Richey
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  • February 19, 2015 - 1:22pm

Paul Klein is 40-0 heading into the LHSAA state finals despite tearing an ACL before the season began.

When Paul Klein was 12 years old he made a revelation, followed quickly with a proclamation.

An avid wrestler himself already in the 6th grade, Klein was helping out at the LHSAA state wrestling championships by making Gatorade for the competitors.  He saw a list of former champions, and noticed many three-time individual state champions, but in the modern era, never a four-time state champ.

He quickly told his father Paul Klein, Jr. that he wanted to become the first.

After earning individual state titles the past three years at Brother Martin, Klein (40-0) is now four wins away from history.

The 2015 LHSAA state championships begin Friday morning at the Ponchartrain Center in Kenner and conclude with the Division I finals Saturday at 6:00 p.m.

Brother Martin will be looking for a fourth straight Division I state championship.

Klein’s run at history has been made even more remarkable with the fact the he suffered a torn ACL in his right knee before the season began.  Klein, who has signed a letter of intent to wrestle at Arizona State, will have surgery performed by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Florida four days after the state finals.

Richey on Sports Productions has followed Klein’s dramatic senior season and will air a one-hour sports documentary, “A Quest for History…the Paul Klein Story,” on Cox Sports Television beginning March 10 at 7:00 p.m.

The above video is a trailer for the documentary.

Eric Richey | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Eric Richey is an Emmy award-winning sports anchor/reporter who has been covering high school football for 25 years.