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Rodriguez here to honor five local senior football players
Football players Michael Ackerman (Clay), Seth Hoffman (Eastwood), Michael Mallernee (Oak Harbor), Jacob Schreuder (Genoa), and Scott Traver (Genoa) are to be honored at the National Foundation Toledo Wistert Chapter scholar-athlete awards dinner Mar. 8.

University of Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez will be the featured speaker. The dinner begins at 6 p.m. at The Pinnacle in Maumee.

In total, 30 football players “who have performed with great prowess on the gridiron this season” will be honored. The awardees also have to be proficient in the classroom and contribute to their communities.

Others being honored are Spencer Bryant, Nico Caponi, Kyle Finn (Perkins), Chase Clark, Nathan Shaffer (Hilltop), Eric Cogan (Summerfield), Mason Cole (Bedford), Zach Crawford, Eric Schaible (Findlay), Patrick Dyer (St. Francis), Jacob Goatley (Maumee), James Hall (Southview), David Hector (Cory Rawson), Brandon Hummer (Napoleon), Daniel Jones (Carleton Airport), Brian Laubenthal (Ottawa-Glandorf), Lucas Logan (Sand Creek), John “J.C.” Miller (Toledo Christian), Joe Missler (Whitmer), Jason Morter (Mohawk), Alex Nofziger (Defiance), Brett Pasche (Liberty-Benton), Trey Westrick (Archbold), Philip Wingate (Whiteford), and Nathan Yoder (Fairview).

Tickets are $45. For an additional $30 you can attend a reception with Coach Rodriguez before dinner. Call Rachel at Team Sports at 419-865-TEAM (8326).

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Two years ago, as a sophomore middle linebacker at Eastwood, Matt Schling

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Eastwood wrestler Matt Schling gets
his opponent into a hold. (Press photo
by Lee Welch/www.familyphotogroup.com)

made a tackle against Woodmore and his head snapped back in the process.

He suffered nerve damage to his C-5 vertebrae, and the injury has bothered him ever since. In fact, it forced him to miss five games as a senior guard/middle linebacker last fall.

"It's been getting worse," said Schling, a senior who competes at 215 and 285 pounds for coach Joe Wyant's Eagles wrestling team. "I'm in constant pain all day, and it gets worse when I wrestle. I have to be a lot more careful with the shots I take. If I hit somebody too hard with my head, it causes extreme pain and I can't use my arm. I can't move it or control it."

Schling, who stands 5-9 and normally weighs 225 pounds, has still managed to excel on the mat. He has a 36-6 record with 20 pins this season and has a 118-37 career mark.

He went 8-1 at the Napoleon Dual Meet Tournament earlier this season and placed second at a tournament in Eaton. The Brakeman Report has him rated as the 13th-best heavyweight in the state in Division II.

Schling is 7-0 with three pins at heavyweight this season.

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Boxing's loss was the Clay wrestling team's gain.

"I started boxing when I was like 7-years-old," said the Eagles' 103-pound senior, Nick Garcia. "I stopped at seventh grade. I was actually pretty good. I was a Golden Gloves and Silver Gloves champion. Then I got in a car accident and never went back. I tore a muscle in my back and it was killing me."

Garcia's father, Rick, wanted his son to stay involved in sports, so he persuaded Nick to take up wrestling.

"My dad wanted me to wrestle really bad," Garcia said. "I wasn't doing any sports or anything else. Just doing nothing. He wanted me to do sports to keep my grades up."

Garcia's grades are just fine, and his wrestling ability is even better.

Not only is he a two-time defending City League champion at 103 pounds, Garcia is one of the favorites to win the Division I state title in his weight class. Garcia fifth at last year's state tournament and is ranked third in the Brakeman Report.

"He never wrestled until he got to high school," Clay coach Gerry Anthony said. "That's pretty unique. His goal is to be our first state champion. At the state tournament, if he wrestles his best, he can beat anybody. He's very quick and very strong."

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