Genoa wrestling program bringing in two-time NCAA champ
The Genoa wrestling program is brining Olympian, World Silver Medalist, two-time NCAA champion, and nationally renowned wrestling analyst Jake Herbert to speak at the program’s annual "Meet The Team Night."
Herbert will be speaking about his experiences and life lessons he has learned as a wrestler in high school, college, and at the international level. The event with be held in the Genoa High School auditorium on Nov. 25 at 6:30pm. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and is open to the public free of charge.
On the international scene, Herbert was an Olympic qualifier in 2012, Pan American champion, USA Freestyle Wrestler of the Year, Dave Shultz Memorial champ, New York AC international champion, and Hargobind international champion.
While at Northwestern, he was the Hodge Trophy winner (wrestling’s “Heisman Trophy,” says Bergman), a four-time NCAA All-American, three-time Big Ten champion, and had a 149-4 career record, which is fifth best in NCAA history. In high school, he was a Pennsylvania state champion and four-time place winner, three-time Western Pennsylvania champion, two-time Powerade champion, and had a 138-18 career record.
Sutter Soothsayer champion
For the second time in three seasons, Genoa Banking Company President Marty Sutter is The Press football soothsayer champion.
WRSCsports.com broadcaster Al Singlar led the other seven soothsayers until the next to last week of the season, when Sutter overtook him and held on to a one-game advantage at the season’s end.
If you’ve ever been a Soothsayer, you know that the pressure to pick the hometown team or your alma mater can be tremendous, or you get negative feedback from the community. Sutter says he had an advantage in that Genoa finished the regular season 10-0.
“I really think having a freshman son playing has made a difference. I did well when my oldest boys were involved, and know that because (quarterback/defensive back) Sam is playing, it makes a difference,” Sutter said. “My boys and I talk a lot about sports and I get to hear their opinions. It doesn't hurt that I always pick Genoa and they have only lost two regular season games in like seven years.”
Sutter finished at 117-29 (80.1 percent), followed by Singlar (116-30), Oregon businessman Alan Miller (114-32), and Press sportswriter Yaneek Smith (109-37). Former NCAA Division I and professional football player Tim Williams, also an Oregon businessman, and Press carrier and Clay graduate Adam Mihalko were tied for fifth (106-40), and finishing out the standings were Press sportswriter Mark Griffin (104-42) and Princess Peaches Pumpkin Pie, The Press’ orange tabby-striped office cat.
Princess Peaches, in her first season as a soothsayer, made her decisions by choosing between two cat treats, and she finished above .500 at 76-70, including posting a 10-4 mark the final week. On two occasions, she finished the week better than other “expert” members of the soothsayer staff.
Basketball and cheerleading registration at the East Toledo Family Center is open for the 2014 season. Basketball for grades 1-12 will continue until Dec. 17 and cheerleading for grades K-6 will end Nov. 22. Basketball leagues will be forming for Junior Hoops grades 1 and 2, co-ed grades 3 and 4, boys and girls grades 5 and 6, and leagues are also forming for grades 7 through 12. Register at the ETFC, 1020 Varland Ave., Toledo. Call Brandon at 419-691-1429.