Area’s young wrestlers need to keep their heads up

I’ve reiterated that the area’s wrestling teams are young this season. No coach or team likes to use that as an excuse for a loss, but facts are facts. Those young grapplers wrestle not only their opponent physically, but themselves mentally. Because of that I feel wrestling is all a state of mind.

So far this season I’ve seen some discouraged faces and some frustrated young wrestlers. As a freshman I remember what it was like to take on guys that were much better than me. I felt like I’d never win and that I wasn’t very good, but you have to stick it out. Wrestling is not an easy sport by any means and there is a reason wrestling rooms are not packed with 30 to 40 kids at the beginning of the year.

  • Written by AARON LaBATT

Ironman makes good on reputation

Driving into what seemed like a blizzard on I-71 last Saturday was not what I had planned for, but my visit to the Ironman tournament in Stow is always worth the trip.

The question is always asked: Is the Ironman really that tough? Well, consider this ... returning state champ Ty Mitch of Aurora did not even place in the top eight, threetime state champ Collin Palmer (140) of St. Edward lost in the finals and state champ Hunter Stieber (112) of Monroeville lost the first match of his high school career in the finals.

  • Written by AARON LaBATT

Weighing in on Oprah

I feel sorry for Oprah Winfrey.

The queen of the talk show circuit and one of the most influential woman in the world has felt it necessary to reveal she weighs 200 pounds again.

Her weight fluctuations have been the topics of tabloids and her own show for decades. The picture of her with a wagonload of lard after a liquid diet allowed her to lose 60 plus pounds and don a pair of size 10 Calvin Klein jeans is iconic after 20 years.

  • Written by MIRIAM BAIER

It’s time to kick off wrestling season

I’ve tried to write the opening of this column probably a dozen times, but the fact is I can’t think of one story that took precedence over another. A lot happened this summer with wrestling, some good and some bad, but the bottom line is it’s here and it’s time to hit the mat.

There are going to be a lot of new faces this winter locally as well as around the Southwest Ohio scene. Around the area the first thing that sticks out is the youth of each team. Both Indian Lake and Benjamin Logan have a double digit number of freshmen and a good amount of underclassmen on their rosters. Bellefontaine has good numbers this year, but many are in need of mat experience.

  • Written by AARON LaBATT

It’s up to Rodriguez to rekindle rivalry

Matt HammondA rivalry often touted as the greatest in sports has been reduced to a blip on the radar for anybody residing outside of Ohio and Michigan.

In the past, ESPN would have a daily OSU-Michigan update on Sportscenter during the week of The Game. However, there was hardly any mention of the game last week on the national sports network.

I’ve been fortunate to attend many OSU-Michigan games over the years, both in Columbus and in Ann Arbor. The atmosphere in Saturday’s 42-7 Buckeye rout certainly lacked the ferocity of any previous game I have attended.

  • Written by MATT HAMMOND