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Olympic hopeful J.D. Bergman to lead Genoa camp
J.D. Bergman (Oak Harbor/Ohio State), a 2016 Olympic hopeful, will be a camp clinician at the 10th Annual Competitor’s Edge Wrestling Camp July 7-9 at Genoa High School sponsored by the Genoa Wrestling Club.

Bergman, currently ranked No. 1 in the United States at 214 pounds, is a two-time U.S. Team Trials and Open champion, a three-time NCAA All-American, an NCAA finalist, and two-time state champion at Oak Harbor.

Other clinicians include three-time NCAA Champion Logan Stieber and nationally renowned coach Erik Burnett.

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In 2012, Olympic hopeful J.D. Bergman (Oak Harbor/Ohio State) is awarded a victory at the U.S. Olympic trials in Iowa City, Iowa. (Press photo by Dan Jaksetic)

Stieber was the Ohio State team captain, a three-time Big Ten champion, a 2013 U.S. World Team member at 132 pounds, and a four-time Ohio high school state champion. Burnett was the Elyria High School head coach, a collegiate coach at CALU and Clarion, an Ohio Cadet and Junior National coach, a freestyle All-American wrestler, an NCAA All-American at Clarion, and a four-time Ohio high school state champion.

Camp includes daily sessions from 9-11:15 and 12:15-2:30 pm and is limited to the first 100 wrestlers. The camp is geared towards all high school, middle school, and experienced grade school wrestlers.

The camp cost is $90 on-line or mailed, $100 day of event; $80 for additional siblings ($10 discount); $70 per wrestler for team/club of six or more ($20 discount); and includes free camp t-shirt if registered by June 27.

Registration forms can be found at http://form.jotform.us/form/41074476378159 and a registration flyer is at http://homepages.utoledo.edu/ddemili/Competitors_Edge_Wrestling_Camp_2014.pdf. For information visit Genoa coach and event coordinator Dominic D’Emilio at 419-277-3780 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Genoa head varsity coach Robert Bergman at 419-217-4843, 419-855-7781 ext. 32301, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit GenoaWrestling.com.


Howard Team MVP

At the Florida State University women’s basketball team’s banquet, the Matthew Schmauch Leadership Award was given to senior Natasha Howard (Waite), who exited her career as one of the top players in FSU history.

Despite being so dominant on the court and garnering multiple All-America honors, Howard proved to be extremely unselfish and was the consummate teammate. She led by example in one of the top single-season performances ever by a Seminole.

Howard also left the banquet with MVP honors, yet another accolade she can add to her impressive collegiate resume before she plays for the Indiana Fever in the WNBA.

Howard became just the second Seminole to earn multiple All-America honors. She was named a WBCA Honorable Mention All-American, an Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American and a Senior CLASS Second Team All-American. She wrapped up her career with 41 double-doubles, a school record.

The Seminoles achieved several feats in their most recent season, finishing with a 21-12 overall record to mark their eighth 20-win season under 17-year coach Sue Semrau. FSU reached the NCAA second round for the 11th straight time it has entered postseason play, earning a No. 10 seed in the field of 64.

Howard is set to make her WNBA debut for the Fever in a preseason game against the Washington Mystics on May 5 at noon. Her first regular-season contest will be at the Chicago Sky on Friday, May 16, at 8:30 p.m.


Apel, Nutter in all-star game
According to a press release from JJHuddle.com, more than 140 of the best high-school football players in Ohio will be on display Saturday, April 26 when the Ohio North-South Classic is held at Dayton’s Welcome Stadium for the second straight year.

This year’s North-South Classic will again feature two games, with the Division IV-VII game to kick off at 11 a.m. and Division I-III game set for 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door and include admission to both games.

Playing for the North in the Division IV-VII game will be two Genoa seniors — 6-foot-3, 284 pound defensive tackle Lucas Apel and 6-1, 227 pound running back David Nutter. Nutter has already committed to play football at Malone University.

As the longest running high-school football all-star game in the nation, the 69th Annual Ohio North-South Classic is widely recognized as the leading all-star game in the Midwest and among the best in the country. This will be the second straight year that the game is played in Dayton’s Welcome Stadium.

This year’s game again features a majority of the state’s top-ranked graduating seniors, including Ohio State signees Parris Campbell of Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary and Brady Taylor of Columbus Ready. In all, more than 40 of the players in the two game will continue their careers at major-college football programs.

In the Division I-III game, John Demarco of Louisville with coach the North and Ron Hinton of Chillicothe will coach the South. In the Division IV-VII game, Andy Hake of Western Reserve will coach the North and Brad Burchfield of Columbus Hartley will coach the South.

“We are proud to again bring together the best high school football players in Ohio for the Ohio North-South Classic and honored to present this year’s game in prime time on the eve of the Ohio State Spring Game,” said Steve Channel, head coach at Miamisburg High School and game coordinator of the Ohio North-South Classic. “This game remains the premier all star football game in the United States and it is very meaningful that these tremendous young men get one last chance to showcase their talents in front of the best high-school football fans in the nation.”

Proceeds from the Ohio North-South Classic benefit the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association’s Scholarship Program.

Ohio All-Star Classic players and coaches will arrive in Dayton on Thursday, April 24 and practice that day and on Friday, April 25. All practices are held in Welcome Stadium and are open to the media.

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