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Before he got sick, when the cancer started to eat away at his liver, Robert

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Utter Sr. was still the social type.

In his mid-70s and still a strapping 6-foot-1 and 240 pounds, he remained active and even had a part-time job in a warehouse.

Utter's son, Bob Jr., 54, and daughter, Vickie Honner, 51, remained very close with their father until he passed away at his home on Dec. 19.

"We found out in mid-October he had liver cancer," recalled Bob Jr., who has been Waite High School's athletic director for 17 years. "The preliminary report was it was just like a spot on the liver. We did a lot of research on it and they called it 'primary' at the time, meaning it was just there in the liver.

"We went to several doctors around here and then we went to the Cleveland Clinic, which has a couple of procedures that can't be done around here. Some of his blood work wasn't where it needed to be."

Two months after he was diagnosed, Bob Utter Sr., who lived less than two blocks from Vickie's house in Perrysburg, died at age 75.

Lord knows he lived a full life. Vickie and her brother are living proof.

"There is a plethora of things I remember about my dad," said Vickie, an office manager at an independent senior living facility in Perrysburg. "Most importantly for me was how he taught me to be an individual. My father allowed me to be and do what I wanted to do in life, to become a daughter that made him proud and to be the lady I am today.

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This past Saturday, Fassett Middle School not only hosted the GLL wrestling

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league championships, the Oregon school won the league title at Clay High School. 

 

“The gymnasium was packed for what turned out to be a marathon of extremely tough competition,” said Fassett coach David Herrera.

Herrera, assistant coach Mike Screptock, and his staff led their team to a first place league title with a score of 208 points and 12 medalists accumulating six first place champions, two second places, three third places and one fourth place finish. Their neighboring school, Eisenhower, finished second with 195½ followed by Fremont taking third with 176½.

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Brandon Tantari didn't compete at last year's Division III state wrestling

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tournament, but he went anyway.

He soaked in the atmosphere, took some mental notes and vowed to return as a state tournament participant.

Tantari, a senior at Lake, qualified as a state tournament alternate last year after placing fifth at the district tournament. The top four district placers advance.

"When I was down at state last year, I noticed the guys in my weight class who were graduating," said Tantari, a 189-pounder. "Right there I made the goal that I should be wrestling here and that I wanted to place and get a spot on the podium. I was looking at the bracket and seeing how many guys graduated."

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