Paul was introduced to the sport of wrestling his freshman season by legendary Sigourney high school coach Jack Smith. Smith thought Graham looked like he'd make a good wrestler. Smith was right. Graham would go on to become the Savages first Iowa high school state champion in 1967. He'd add a second title in 1968.
I was already a member of the Osky kid's club for about two years when I discovered that Paul had also been a standout collegiate grappler. We had a neighbor named Rudy Votrobeck who asked me one night if I knew that Paul had wrestled in college. I told him that I didn't & he went back over to his house. When he came back he had a yearbook from the 1969-1970 season. He too attended Muscatine Community College (What was known then as Eastern Iowa Community College) & he knew Paul.
At the time I didn't think much of it but what I'd give to get my hands on a copy of the annual now. If it wasn't for Rudy & Paul, I don't think there would be any record of Muscatine Community College ever having a wrestling program.
Graham took third place NJCAA All American honors in 1970.
Post his collegiate wrestling days Graham coached for a spell at William Penn University & ran one of the most successful kids' programs in the state of Iowa that won AAU titles & placed high at the AAU's multiple times. I am proud to say that I was a member of the Osky club for eight years. I have a lot of great memories & a ton of stories. Paul Graham was a great coach. I feel honored to have had in in my life.