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  1. PAST INDIANA TEAM MEMBERS (8) 1986: Paul Gunsett 1987: Case Hooper 2006: John Sims 2012: Lukasz Walendzak 2013: Lukasz Walendzak 2014: Trey Lane, Ty Mills 2015: Tanner DeMien So far, we have received a lot of outstanding applications, including several OAC, PJW and TofC Champions and placers, and are in the process of reviewing them and also contacting references listed. Also, based on the e-mails and phone calls we have received, we are are expecting to receive a number of additional ones to consider. So, if you have any interest in applying, it is suggested that you fill out an application and return it soon. You can request an application by contacting Bart Freidenberg at bdbop@aol.com The tentative schedule for naming the additional members of the team is: 2016 Team - 14 remaining members to be named: Sept. 17 - Ohio wrestler Sept. 22 - Non Ohio wrestler Sept. 25 - Ohio wrestler Sept. 28 - Non Ohio wrestler Oct. 2 - Ohio wrestler Oct. 5 - Non Ohio wrestler Oct. 8, 12, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30 2017 Team - 6-8 additional wrestlers will be named Oct. 13, 16, 19, 22, 25, 28, 30 Announcements will be made on our Team Facebook pages: 2016: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1586266028260237/ 2017: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1498001150459581/ However, please be aware that it is our policy to only accept actual team members, their immediate families and team alumni to the pages.
  2. The Ohio All-Star Wrestling Team is now accepting applications for both its 2016 & 2017 touring teams. Now entering its 34th year, the OASWT the OASWT is a six week adventure, combining wrestling, life skills, adventure and fun and is the most unique team of its kind. Since 1983, more than 500 of the top youth wrestlers, from Ohio and 24 other states and Canada, have represented the team. This past summer’s team compiled a 13-0-1 record, competing against teams from WY, CO, NV, CA, OR, ID and UT. To be eligible for the team, wrestlers must meet the following requirements: *Be enrolled in the 6th thru 9th grade, during the 2015-2016 school year *Have an estimated summer weight of 65 to 155 pounds *Have a minimum of a 2.5 (B-/C+) grade point average *Non Ohio Wrestlers may apply *Application deadline for the 2016 team is October 15 Last October, eight spots on both the 2016 & 2017 teams were filled and plans are to name the remaining 14 spots on the 2016 team, and five to eight additional spots on the 2017 team, anywhere from mid September thru the end of October. The remaining spots on the 2017 team would then be filled next year. As team members are selected, they will be will be announced on the OASWT Facebook pages and you can view those, as well as the current team members, here: 2016 OASWT: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1586266028260237/ 2017 OASWT: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1498001150459581/ So that you can better understand what the team is, here is a link to a short highlight video from the 2014 team: Besides an intense training camp before they leave, the team will compete in 12-15 dual meets (and perhaps a tournament) along the way. This in addition to 12-15 additional practices on the road. However, new lessons are learned each day, whether they be on the mat, or in life. From climbing a Mountain, to white water rafting, to Broadway plays, the team members will experience new and interesting activities along the way. Life skills are learned from doing their own laundry, budgeting their money and learning to interact with adults, who ask them questions along the way. Team members must learn to get along and go thru ups and downs along the way and hopefully become brothers before it all ends. Special guest speakers are also brought in to talk to the team and have have included such notables as: Ronald Reagan, Joseph Barbera, John Wooden, Eric Heiden, Raymond Berry, Peter Vidmar, John Naber, Archie Griffin, Rulon Gardner and many others. This past summer, the speakers were: ***Jimmy Weldon: Voice of “Yakky Doodle” and a WW II veteran - speaking on what it means to be an American ***Coach Jim White and three other actual team members from McFarland USA Cross Country Team - speaking on the importance of having a proper attitude ***Jay Osmond, of the Osmond Brothers singing group - talking about faith and brotherhood Former OASWT team members have gone on to win 10 NCAA titles, more than 150 state/national prep titles and more than 25 Cadet & Junior National titles. Alumni since 2012 have included: 2012: Kaleb Romero: 2X High School State Champ from Ohio 2012: Austin O’Connor: 2X High School State Champ from Illinois 2012: Brakan Mead: Ohio State Runner Up 2012: Michael May: OAC Junior High State Champion 2013: Gabe Tagg: OAC Junior High State Champion 2013: Abe Bloom: Rhode Island State Champ & New England 2013: Jordan Ward: OAC Grade School State Champion 2013: Zach Brown: Kentucky State High School Runner Up as 8th Grader 2013: Jack Davis: Cadet National Placer in both FS/GR, from Pennsylvania2013: Lukasz Walendzak: Multi Time Indiana Youth State Champion 2014: Logan Ours: 6X OAC Grade School State Champion 2014: David Crawford: OAC Junior High State Champion 2014: Dustin Norris: 2X OAC Grade School State Champion 2014: Bryce Andonian: Ohio TofC Champion 2014: Andrew Fallon: Ohio TofC Champion, from Massachusetts 2014: Ty Mills: Indiana State Runner Up 2014: Trey Lane: Indiana Junior High State Champion 2015: Kyle Rowan: 2015 Ohio Youth State Champ; OAC Junior High State Runner Up 2015: Cole Skinner: OAC Junior High State Champion 2015: Cael Woods: Ohio TofC Runner Up 2015: Lachlan McNeil: Ohio TofC Champion, from Canada 2015: Cooper Flynn: Multi time Tennessee Youth State Champion To receive an application, please contact Team Chairman Bart Freidenberg at bdbop@aol.com or 614-507-1653. Quotes from 2015 Team Members & Parents: “I had a good idea up front that this would be a one-of-a-kind trip, which was why I put in the requisite effort to convince my wife to let Lachlan go. But I have to say that it exceeded even my high expectations! We were fortunate enough to be able to see the group both during the first week (training camp) and the fourth week (in California), and to see how close they had become is such a short period of time was astonishing. For any parents who are considering this trip, but are worried about the length of time, my son had had a hard time dealing with being away for a week long camp the previous summer. During this trip, it was completely different. He settled in quickly and at no point was he ever homesick. In fact, knowing the trip was about to end, and that he was coming home, was actually bittersweet. We were excited to see Lachlan but knew that something very special was coming to an end and that he was very upset at leaving his new “brothers.” Finally, if you are more worried about missing your son than you are about him being able to cope with the trip, then you are at risk of missing out on an opportunity to give him a gift/experience that will stay with him for a very long time!” Cheers Calum McNeil (father of Lachlan McNeil) and member of the 1992 Great Britain Olympic Wrestling Team While my son was one of the older kids on the team, he's a 'homebody.' In addition to that, the longest he'd ever been away from home was a couple of days, and that was during a class trip with kids he had grown up with and knew well. I'm a bit overprotective to begin with, and I was VERY hesitant about letting him be away from home for so long, and with people I didn't really know - and that he didn't really know. I have to say, I'm so glad I allowed him to seize this opportunity of a lifetime. The places they traveled to, the things they saw and experienced, the people they met, the coaches and teammates they were able to learn from ... This trip will forever have a positive, profound impact on my son, both in his wrestling, and in his life. The wrestling knowledge and skills he gained were incredible. But the life experiences he had along the way were unbelievable as well. He saw places and did things he would never have otherwise been able to do. He had to do so many things for himself (like manage his own money, laundry, speak up for himself at restaurants, conflict-resolution with others, etc.) that he was used to us doing for him; this trip helped him grow as an individual. As far as my worrying about him being gone for so long with people he didn't really know? He returned home saying his bond with his teammates was stronger than the bond he has had for a lifetime with the kids he grew up with. The team really did become his 'family.' Finally, I want to recognize the coaches. Bart and his team have been doing this trip for nearly 35 years. They know how to take care of the boys, and they know how to run this trip without a hitch. I can very strongly state, with every confidence, that your son would be in very good hands with these coaches/chaperons. The Ohio All Star Wrestling team is truly an opportunity of a lifetime for your son -- allow him to seize it!" Stephanie Langguth, mother of Chris Langguth “This trip has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life. One of my favorite parts was becoming a family. We all had our ups and downs, but once we overcame that and became a family/brothers, that was one of the most enjoyable things for me. I now have the the best friends of my whole life and people I can always rely on. This trip has also taught me many life experiences, such as laundry, budgeting my money and how expensive things are. I now know that you can’t go around and get everything you see, because everything costs something. Another thing I learned is talking to people, especially adults. I learned not to be so shy around people. The things this trip has taught me I will never forget. The friends and family I have made will always be with me. The last thing I would like to talk about is the wrestling. In my opinion, the wrestling was amazing. The matches were really great and were tough and they were in such cool places, like when we wrestled outside, in a park, in Cali. But, the most important part to me was that the practice partners were incredible. They were always pushing me. The Coaches were also amazing and were always teaching us great moves. The practices were hard, but they also made them fun. I would just like to thank all my brothers for making this summer the best. Love you guys.” - Cooper Flynn, Seymour, TN, age 13, 2X Tennessee State Champion “Looking back on this trip, I just want to let whoever reads this to know that this is the best thing that has ever happened to me. I have gained 21 new brothers that I am closer to than any other friends I have ever met. I never thought we would get this close, due to the occasional fights and arguments, but we did. Now, I can always have a bunch of people to look forward to seeing every time we get a chance. I also have a new family I can look to in any time of need. I can’t stress the importance of becoming brothers enough. It turned this trip into a lifetime of fun. I don’t think most people will be able to understand how close we have become, but these are the types of friends you have your future children call “Uncle” - that is how close we are. It is an unspeakable bond that we will have for the rest of our lives. On this trip I have also learned so many important life lessons, including how to do laundry, how to budget my money and a bunch of tips on how to be street smart. The last thing to explain is the wrestling. Besides camp, I got 20 matches and had another 12 practices. The drilling partners I had definitely made me so much better. We did a LOT of wrestling and that was one of the highlights. Writing this brought me to tears. I don’t want to leave any of these guys. They are my Family, my Brothers. - Jack Darling, Boxford, MA, age 14, 4X Massachusetts State Champion “The summer of 2015 was the greatest time of my life. The Ohio All-Star Wrestling Team trip was amazing and fun. We enjoyed so many memorable experiences which you may not ever see the rest of your life, such as white water rafting and all the shows in Las Vegas. Also on the trip, we learned life lessons, like laundry (which you can now help your mom with), and also the value of money and how to spend it wisely. The most important part of the trip is becoming brothers. Once you do so, the trip becomes so much more fun and you learn to trust each other. The wrestling is also awesome. Overall, this is a once in a lifetime journey through wrestling. You get to wrestle kids that you won’t ever see again. The trip may seem scary at times, but trust me, the trip is definitely worth it and will help you later in life.” - Kyle Rowan, Madison, OH, age 13, 2014 OAC State Runner Up
  3. NON-OHIO WRESTLERS MAY APPLY Applications for both the 2016 & 2017 Ohio All-Star Wrestling Teams are now being accepted. The remainder of the 2016 Team will be announced in October (applications are due by October 15) and another portion of the 2017 team will also be named at that time, with the final members of the 2017 team being named in October 2016. Wrestlers need to be enrolled in the 6th thru 9th grade the year they will tour and have an estimated summer weight of 68-155 pounds. Wrestlers also need to have a minimum 2.5 (B-/C+) grade point average. Current members of the 2016 Team are: Aiden Curry, Mooresville, NC, 7th grader, 2X PJW Champ Nicholas Krug, Richmond Hill, GA, 9th grader, 2014 GA State Champ Aiden Lewis, LeMoyne, PA, 7th grade, 4th at 2014 PJW Andrew Lucinski, Newfane, NY, 7th grader, 2X NY State Champ Justin Mayes, Bellevue, OH, 8th grade, 2015 OAC 4th Place Logan Messer, Norton, OH, 7th grader, 2X OAC Champ; 2013 TofC Champ Dalton Monger, Tower City, PA, 6th grade, 2X TofC placer Jayden Morr, Norton, OH, 7th grader, 3X OAC State Placer Current members of the 2017 Team are: Lane Abrams, Hamilton, OH, 7th grade, 2013 OAC Runner Up TJ Gernhart, Glen Lyon, PA, 6th grade, 2014 PA Top 100 Champ Tyson Lane, Indianapolis, IN, 7th grade, 6X ISWA State Champ Owen Lehman, Annville, PA, 6th grade, PJW Runner Up Logan Montoya, Loveland, OH, 6th grade, 2014 OAC Runner Up Sterling Segal, Cincinnati, OH, 6th grade, 4th at OAC Eli Spencer, Middletown, OH, 6th grade, 2015 Ohio TofC & OAC State Champ Ryan Stowers, Englewood, OH, 6th grade, 2014 OAC State Champ To receive an application, please contact Team Chairman Bart Freidenberg at bdbop@aol.com or 614-507-1653. The OASWT is the most unique team of its kind in the country, combining wrestling, adventure and fun over an extended period of time. Since 1983, more than 550 wrestlers, representing 25 states, have been a member of the team and trip alumni have gone on to win 10 NCAA Championships, more than 150 State High School Titles, and more than 25 Cadet/Junior National Freestyle/Greco Roman titles. Team members will also learn a lot of life skills, such as budgeting money, learning how to talk to adults, doing their own laundry, empathy, being a leader, adapting, getting along with teammates and much more. They will begin their adventure as a group of kids that don't know each other, but they will return as brothers and young men. They will also experience a number of fantastic adventures, such as hiking up an 11,000 foot mountain, attending plays, swimming in the Pacific Ocean, Disneyland, learning how to do Improv Comedy, driving up Pikes Peak, visiting the Olympic Training Center, visiting a Hollywood Studio and much more. The team has also had private inspirational talks from a multitude of outstanding Americans, including President Ronald Reagan, Cartoon Magnates William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, UCLA Legendary Basketball Coach John Wooden, 1936 Olympian & War Hero Louis Zamperini, Olympic Gold Medalists Peter Vidmar (gymnastics), John Naber (swimming), Eric Heiden (speed skating) and Rulon Gardner (wrestling), Hall of Fame Athletes Raymond Berry and Curley Culp (football) and Rick Barry (basketball) and 2X Heisman Trophy Winner Archie Griffin, among others. This coming summer, we have a couple of new speakers we are working on, including the real Coach and lead runner from the Disney movie "McFarland USA." Here is a link to a short highlight video from teh 2014 OASWT Tour: "The main concern that I hear from parents is the length of the trip and the cost," Freidenberg said. "First, the kids have a blast on the trip. It is much tougher for the parents to deal with the length of the trip, as the kids are having too much fun. It also takes about half the trip for the kids to really start becoming brothers. When that transformation happens, the trip takes on an entirely new dimension. "In terms of the money, it CAN BE RAISED. I realize that some folks are better at raising money than others, but I can assure you that if you put forth the time and effort, the entire amount can be raised -and has been done so many many times. Raising the money is another great life lesson the young wrestler learns, as he needs to learn to communicate to adults, as he asks them to help sponsor him on his journey. You will be surprised at how many folks are willing to help support today's youth, if asked. Our team is also a 501 © 3 organization, so all donations are tax deductable. "The real secret to the success of any of our teams is their ability to go from being a group of individuals, to becoming a team, then a family and brothers," Freidenberg added. "Team members learn to rely on each other, and deal with various issues as a team, rather than calling home and having their parents help them through any problems. We also expect each wrestler to represent the team in a positive manner - at all times." He added that team members also learn to budget their own money, do their own laundry, set their own wake up calls, learn to deal with talking to adults along the way (who ask them questions about the team) and learn to get along with their new teammates. "They are in close quarters with everyone for five to six weeks and need to learn to accept each of the other team members as they would their own brother. It's tough at times, but by the end of the trip they understand what we are talking about and have a new extended family for the rest of their lives." If you have additional questions, or wish to be able to contact parents whose kids have gone in the past, we can supply names and contact information of parents to talk to. ----------------------------------------------- Here is how one parent and one wrestler felt about the 2014 OASWT tour: "Our son, Logan, was the youngest kid on the 2014 team and we had some reservation about sending him at first. But, as we talked with past team members, we decided we wanted him to experience this before it was no longer an option. My son was able to raise all the money pretty easily this year without asking for individual donations. We didn't spend a dime other than some spending money. It was the trip of a lifetime. Great wrestling and they get to see stuff most people dream to see in a lifetime. Gives your child a chance to see what doors can open through wrestling, hard work, dedication and sacrifice. They will grow more mentally in six weeks than most kids do in a year. My kid went from having trouble staying at people's house for a night, without getting homesick, to me having to make him call home to check in during the trip! They stay so busy they don't have a chance to miss anything at home. They leave on the trip as teammates and come back brothers. Wrestled some great competition in folk, freestyle and Greco, as well as learning from different coaches and styles from each stop. From the Mountains of Yellowstone to the beaches of California, they get to see just what our beautiful country has to offer. We highly recommend this trip." ~ Jason Ours - Wellsville, OH (son Logan is a 5X OAC State Champion & 2015 Ohio TofC Champion) -------------------- "The OASWT was a great experience. I believe that anyone that has the chance to be on it should do it! Being with a bunch of guys that are so similar to you is refreshing and awesome. The places we went to and the things we did were a once in a lifetime opportunity. I think becoming a family was the best part of the trip. By the end, I had made 26 other brothers and a lifetime of memories." ~ Ty Mills, 8th grade, (and was Indiana State High School Runner Up as a 9th grader.)
  4. 2015 OHIO TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS INFO For additional information, contact: Bart Freidenberg at bdbop@aol.com February 2, 2015 Recently named one of the Top 4 youth wrestling tournaments to win in the United States, this year's Ohio Tournament of Champions will be held on April 18, at the Columbus Convention Center, in downtown Columbus, OH. Now entering it's 23rd year, the Ohio TofC consistently draws between 2500-3000 wrestlers per year and boasts a number of outstanding former participants. From current megastars like Kyle Dake (1X Champion), Logan Stieber (6X Champion), David Taylor (2X Champion and Jason Tsirtsis (1X Champion) to the new young bloods like Cade Olivas (7X Champion), Luke Pletcher (9X Champion), Mark Hall (6X Champion) and Kaleb Romero (5X Champion). The record for most titles is ten owned by 2011 NCAA titlist Jon Reader, who called the Ohio TofC his "favorite event to compete at." To see if you qualify for this year's event, you can go to the Official Tournament Website (www.ohiotofc.com) and click on Qualifying Events. Ways to qualify are numerous and include placing at any national or state level event, any high school wrestler, placing top three at any TofC qualifying event, placing first at any event or garnering 10 or more wins during the current wrestling season. For additional tournament information, such as ages/weights, time schedule, hotel info, click on Tournament Information, on the main page. In 2009, the Tournament added an Open Division, for wrestlers that have graduated high school. This Open Division requires no pre-qualification and has grown steadily, reaching close to 125 competitors last year. The Ohio TofC is the largest one day amateur wrestling tournament in the country and In order to finish the event in one day uses a unique modified folkstyle scoring system. All matches are one three minute period in length and there is no referees position used. Should there be a lack of mat activity, or should the wrestlers go out of bounds, they will restart in the neutral position. In addition, they use a 10 point tech fall and the overtime is unlimited. "We've had matches go about 10-15 minutes of overtime, before someone has scored," Freidenberg said, adding that it does help if a wrestler is good on their feet. "For the most part, we are a cross between freestyle and folkstyle rules. The matches are pretty much run like freestyle, but the scoring is high school rules." As in the past, the TofC continues to offer group discounts, for teams of eight or more, when registering together and also continues their FREE Spectator Admission policy and not requiring any Coaches Passes, to coach matside. Also, after a one year relocation to another part of the facility, which saw wrestling taking place both upstairs and downstairs, this year's event returns to their normal location, "We had no control over last year," Freidenberg said. "We either had to do our best with what the Convention Center had available, or move the entire tournament to another location." For Ohio and Pennsylvania wrestlers, the Ohio TofC is partnering with Defense Soap (www.defensesoap.com) to recognize those wrestlers that place at both the Ohio Tournament of Champions and also at the OAC/PJW or OHSAA/PIAA. "We're still working on exactly how to recognize these individuals," Freidenberg said, "but it will be based on how they do at both events - Champion, top 3, top 8 or even State Qualifier and top 8 at TofC. Hopefully we can expand this to other states in the future." As for being named one of the country's premier events, Freidenberg said, "We're proud to be named one of the Elite wrestling events in the country. To be put in a category with other outstanding tournaments like the Tulsa Nationals, USA Folkstyle Nationals and Super 32 is a tremendous honor and is a direct correlation to our great staff of officials and other tournament personnel."
  5. November 4, 2014 The Ohio All-Star Wrestling Team is now accepting applications for both its 2016 & 2017 teams. NON OHIO WRESTLERS MAY APPLY. According to Team Chairman Bart Freidenberg, plans are to name anywhere from 1/3 to 1/2 of the team roster early, with some names being announced possibly as early as December 2014. ***The Ohio All-Stars are still also looking for a pair of 6th/7th graders, with an anticipated summer weight of 68-74 pounds, for the 2015 team.*** The 2015 Team will mark the OASWT's 33rd Anniversary. The current team roster is posted on their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2015OASWT/ "We already have several really outstanding applications in for both the 2016 & 2017 teams," Freidenberg said. "I think the main goal in naming some kids early (for the 2016 and 2017 teams) is that we will be able to do get them involved in some additional team building activities, prior to their trip. That should make for a lot closer family atmosphere on the trip. It will also allow others to see the type of quality wrestlers we have on the teams and that may influence others to submit an application." He said that some spots could be filled as early as this December and that those selected would be posted on their team's Facebook page. Note: While not mentioning any names, Freidenberg did say they have already received applications from several state and national champions/place winners from 11 states, including several from Ohio and Pennsylvania. Freidenberg also added that plans are to keep the roster size at no more than 22 wrestlers and the length of the trip at either five or six weeks, in addition to the team training camp, which is held prior to the tour. "Most likely, the team will still be traveling out west to compete," he said, "as we have some good wrestling contacts out there and there are a ton of sightseeing opportunities as well." The OASWT is the most unique team of its kind in the country, combining wrestling, adventure and fun over an extended period of time. Since 1983, more than 550 wrestlers, representing 25 states, have been a member of the team and trip alumni have gone on to win 10 NCAA Championships, more than 150 State High School Titles, and more than 25 Cadet/Junior National Freestyle/Greco Roman titles. Along the way, the team has had private inspirational talks from a multitude of outstanding Americans, including President Ronald Reagan, Cartoon Magnates William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, UCLA Legendary Basketball Coach John Wooden, 1936 Olympian & War Hero Louis Zamperini, Olympic Gold Medalists Peter Vidmar (gymnastics), John Naber (swimming), Eric Heiden (speed skating) and Rulon Gardner (wrestling), Hall of Fame Athletes Raymond Berry and Curley Culp (football) and Rick Barry (basketball) and 2X Heisman Trophy Winner Archie Griffin, among others. "The real secret to the success of any of our teams is their ability to go from being a group of individuals, to becoming a team and finally a family," Freidenberg said. "Team members learn to rely on each other, and deal with various issues as a team, rather than calling home and having their parents help them through any problems. We also expect each wrestler to represent the team in a positive manner - at all times." He added that team members also learn to budget their own money, do their own laundry, set their own wake up calls, learn to deal with talking to adults along the way (who ask them questions about the team) and learn to get along with their new teammates. "They are in close quarters with everyone for five to six weeks and need to learn to accept each of the other team members as they would their own brother," Freidenberg said. "It's tough at times, but by the end of the trip they understand what we are talking about and have a new extended family for the rest of their lives." To request an application for the 2016 or 2017 OASWT (or for the available open spots on the 2015 team), contact Bart Freidenberg at bdbop@aol.com or 614-507-1653. ----------------------------------------------- Here is how one parent and one wrestler felt about the 2014 OASWT tour: “Our son, Logan, was the youngest kid on the 2014 team and we had some reservation about sending him at first. But, as we talked with past team members, we decided we wanted him to experience this before it was no longer an option. My son was able to raise all the money pretty easily this year without asking for individual donations. We didn't spend a dime other than some spending money. It was the trip of a lifetime. Great wrestling and they get to see stuff most people dream to see in a lifetime. Gives your child a chance to see what doors can open through wrestling, hard work, dedication and sacrifice. They will grow more mentally in six weeks than most kids do in a year. My kid went from having trouble staying at people's house for a night, without getting homesick, to me having to make him call home to check in during the trip! They stay so busy they don't have a chance to miss anything at home. They leave on the trip as teammates and come back brothers. Wrestled some great competition in folk, freestyle and Greco, as well as learning from different coaches and styles from each stop. From the Mountains of Yellowstone to the beaches of California, they get to see just what our beautiful country has to offer. We highly recommend this trip.” ~ Jason Ours - Wellsville, OH (son Logan is a 3X OAC State Champion) -------------------- “The OASWT was a great experience. I believe that anyone that has the chance to be on it should do it! Being with a bunch of guys that are so similar to you is refreshing and awesome. The places we went to and the things we did were a once in a lifetime opportunity. I think becoming a family was the best part of the trip. By the end, I had made 26 other brothers and a lifetime of memories.” ~ Ty Mills, 8th grade, Indiana
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    2014 Ohio All-Star Wrestling Team Update 13 of 21 spots already filled (not all names have been released though) and currently represent 5 states and Canada. --------------------------------------------------------- Also, we have put together a brief 4 minute YouTube video, so that you can see what the Ohio All-Star Wrestling Team is all about. Here is the link: www.YouTube.com/embed/wrZRWPJ4vE0 This link should work on all devices, including mobile ones. However, if it does not, then you can go to our 2015 OASWT Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2015OASWT/ and click on the link from there, and it should work. Since we just released this video, we decided to extend the application deadline a week, to October 25. Again, interested wrestlers need to currently be enrolled in the 6th-9th grades, have an estimated summer weight of 65-150 pounds and have at least a B-/C+ grade point average. While we are still accepting applications from wrestlers of all weights, our primary focus is on those with an anticipated summer weight of 65-75 pounds. Still, a good number of wrestlers in other weights, will also still be selected. This year's tour, including the Team Camp, will begin around June 19 and finish the first week of August. The tentative schedule has the team competing in about 15 matches, and one tournament, in Colorado, Utah, Nevada, California, Oregon and Idaho. For an application, contact Bart Freidenberg at bdbop@aol.com or call 614-507-1653.
  7. Note: Former Indiana participants are: 1986: Paul Gunsett 1987: Case Hooper 2006: John Sims 2012: Lukasz Walendzak 2013: Lukasz Walendzak 2014: Trey Lane, Ty Mills September 1, 2014 Dear Parents, The 2014 Ohio All-Stars recently returned home from their 45 day summer wrestling tour, where they competed in seven western states, compiling a dual meet record of 13-4. They also competed in a tournament in San Diego. Overall, the competition was very good and, on the average, team members received about 20 matches. Individual records were: Bryce Andonian 10-0 (had to sit out 9 matches, due to injury); Alec Bailey 12-9; Lucian Brink 16-11; Chase Brown 7-12; Spencer Carpenter 9-13; Austin Cooley 6-11; Roy Costello 10-8; David Crawford 23-2; Andrew Fallon 18-7; Mitch Herren 15-8; Patrick Kielb 5-14; Jacob Lagoa 14-3; Seth Lambers 15-12; Trey Lane 16-7; Tristin McGrath 15-4; Ty Mills 18-2; Dustin Norris 20-4; Logan Ours 21-3; Dillan Palaszewski 16-2; Elijah Perkins 12-4; Daniel Poupore 13-7; Trent Schultheis 10-17; Brenden Severs 9-14; Jacob Shoop 8-9; Clayton Tanner 8-13; Jacob Tanner 8-10 and Nathan Wynsma 15-5. Along the way, the team became very close and each team member can now lay claim to having 26 additional "brothers for life." They also got to experience a great number of sightseeing opportunities, from the lights of Las Vegas (and several shows) to white water rafting to Yellowstone National Park to a taping of "Jeopardy" to Disneyland to learning how to do Improv comedy to live plays to hiking up mountains and much more. Prior to the team's departure, I had announced that this was to be the OASWT's final BIG tour. Well, a lot has happened since then. This year's team got along extremely well and all those eligible indicated that they would love to do the tour again. Additionally, many of the teams we competed against indicated that they were hoping that we would visit again next summer as well. So, while I haven't made a final decision yet, as to what plans there would be going forward, I thought I would send out an initial e-mail to see what sort of interest there would be in wrestlers applying for future teams. If a decision is made to do future tours, I really want to be able to field a quality team that can represent the OASWT both on and off the mat in a positive manner. The following guidelines would be put in place: 1. Due to having to re-order certain team equipment, and the quantity which needs to be ordered, I would commit to doing the team three more years. 2. The number of wrestlers on any given team would be no more than 21 (due to rental vehicle space) 3. In order to travel, wrestlers would need to be enrolled in the 6th thru 9th grade, the year they apply for and have an estimated summer weight of between 65 and 150 pounds. 4. While Ohio wrestlers will still receive some priority in the selection process, we anticipate about half the spots to be filled by wrestlers from other statees. 5. Not sure on the length yet. Could be anywhere from 30-45 days (plus a team training camp). It really is tough to try to figure out what to cut from this past summer's tour and team members had no problem with the length. 6. Cost would be determined by the length of the tour. The full 45 day tour would run $5000. A shorter tour would obviously be less, but would depend on the cities the team would travel to and the sightseeing opportunities there. Honestly, this past year a 3.5 week tour would have run $3500, so the 6 week tour is not much more. ***Note: It is possible, and has be done many times before, to raise the entire amount necessary. Additional information would be provided to those individuals selected. Plus, it does take the team a couple of weeks to really start to become a family and it's at that time that the kids really start to feel like brothers and enjoy the trip experience even more. The application allows individuals to submit their name, for consideration, for up to three years (depending on their current grade). If enough interest does exist for the 2015 team, then I will make a decision, hopefully by the end of September, as to what the plans will be for next summer. For those individuals interested in the 2016 and 2017 teams, applications received would be retained until that time, though it is possible that we could select a few spots early. 7. To receive an application, or if you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at bdbop@aol.com or 614-507-1653. Yours in Wrestling, Bart Freidenberg Below are quotes from some of this past year’s team members, aswell as their parents. WRESTLER QUOTES “This trip meant a lot to me. I didn’t know what the trip was going to be like in the beginning, but now I know that I have 26 kids that I can call brothers.” ~ Bryce Andonian, 7th grade, Ohio “I had the most amazing time of my life on this trip.. learned a lot. Not just wrestling, but life lessons, like respect, responsibility and caring.” ~ Alec Bailey, 8th grade, Ohio “I consider every one of my teammates family, because we have been through so much together.” ~ Lucian Brink, 7th grade, OH “This trip was absolutely amazing for me, because we went to many places I will probably never go to again. The trip taught me respect, how to do laundry, how to tolerate little kids, how to manage money and responsibility.” ~ Chase Brown, 8th grade, Tennessee “The most important thing I learned was what a real family took. It wasn’t just talent and skill, it’s about helping and mostly teamwork. Being on this trip with 27 kids really changes you. It turns you into a better kid.” ~ Austin Cooley, 8th grade, Massachusetts “I think that this trip was very beneficial to my life and wrestling career. I met 26 other guys, that I had no idea who they were, and on the last day we were talking about how much we were going to miss each other.” ~ David Crawford, 8th grade, Ohio The tour helped me become more responsible by having to keep up with my own stuff and doing laundry. The trip teaches us to live without parents, which is a step towards adulthood. Overall, it’s an amazing experience.. I’ll come back home two times more responsible and two times better as a wrestler.” ~ Andrew Fallon, 6th grade, Massachusetts “This trip was the most fun and learning experience of my life - from the people we met to the places we go to the lessons we learn - this trip was amazing. The kids on this team are my 26 best friends. They were more than friends - these guys are my brothers. If I had the opportunity to do this trip again, I would do it in a heartbeat.” ~ Mitch Herren, 7th grade, Ohio “On this trip, I learned respect, trust and discipline. Time flies because we have so much fun. Plus, you get lots of mat time. It was perfect.” ~ Jacob Lagoa, 7th grade, Ohio “This trip teaches you wrestling, responsibility, respect and how to budget your money. There was also a ton of wrestling. I had so much fun. I think anyone that gets the opportunity to do this trip should.” ~ Seth Lambers, 6th grade, Ohio “I loved this trip! I learned SOO MUCH. This trip helped me see what a champion needs and goes through. I learned, and am going to use, a lot of the moves and mentality on and off the mat!” ~ Trey Lane, 7th grade, Indiana “I have learned a lot on this trip, with the most important thing being patience for little kids. Also, since I was an older kid, I learned a lot of responsibility. I am so glad I got to come on this trip. It was an amazing opportunity and it made me a better wrestler and a better person.” ~ Tristin McGrath, 9th grade, Ohio “The OASWT was a great experience. I believe that anyone that has the chance to be on it should do it! Being with a bunch of guys that are so similar to you is refreshing and awesome. The places we went to and the things we did were a once in a lifetime opportunity. I think becoming a family was the best part of the trip. By the end, I had made 26 other brothers and a lifetime of memories.” ~ Ty Mills, 8th grade, Indiana “I liked this trip a lot and I learned a lot. I also liked becoming a family. Some of the things I learned were not to take things too emotionally. Also, to do laundry, manage my money and take responsibility for my own stuff.” ~ Dustin Norris, 6th grade, Ohio “The trip was a blast. I learned how to use money wisely and buy things I need - not that I want. The things we did and the things we saw were incredible. It really seemed shorter than 45 days....everything seems shorter when you are having fun. The one key to an awesome trip is to become a family. I would definitely do it again.” ~ Logan Ours, 5th grade, Ohio “During this trip, it was a test of responsibility and the willingness to become a family.” ~ Dillan Palaszewski, 8th grade, New York “Through the progress of this trip, I have learned many things. This trip has taught me responsibility for myself and others. I have also been taught what it takes to be a leader. I also learned how to communicate more with others and how to work out problems through a calm talking manner.” ~ Elijah Perkins, 9th grade, Ohio “Some things the trip has taught me is how to do laundry, save money, support yourself and respect others, I also learned how to just let little things go and not hold a grudge, even if I wanted to stay mad, I know I shouldn’t. The trip is a great experience and has made me a better person.” ~ Daniel Poupore, 8th grade, Michigan “On this trip, I learned how to handle kids and be a good big brother. The trip was a really good learning experience and a lot of life lessons learned.” ~ Jacob Shoop, 9th grade, Michigan “Before the trip, I thought it was going to be hard to be away from home. But, it was so fun that I forgot all about home. While the trip was hard at time, and I got a little homesick, I got through it with all my teammates helping overcome it. The trip taught me to be responsible and also to get along with others. It also taught me to push through things.” ~ Brenden Severs, 5th grade, Ohio “I enjoyed this trip because you make friends, from all over the USA, who love the sport I love. We learn how to talk to other people and cooperate with each other. The Ohio All-Stars are extremely respected for their courtesy and sportsmanship. You will make new brothers that you talk to the rest of your life. The trip is definitely the best way to improve your wrestling and have fun during the summer.” ~ Jacob Tanner, 7th grade, West Virginia “I learned many things on this trip, including respect, watching your money, to getting along with little kids. When I was first picked, I had no idea what was to come. At first, I wasn’t going to do it, for the fear of being away from my family. I am very surprised at the outcome of the trip. It was a fun experience and I would do it again.” ~ Nathan Wynsma, 7th grade, Michigan PARENT QUOTES: "When you let your child go away for 7 weeks, after spending nearly your entire life by their side (outside of school and other minor events), it's difficult to know if you're doing the right thing. Many questions race through your mind... Is he responsible enough? Will he be safe? What if he doesn't get along with the other kids? The questions that haunted me most were... What if I don't allow my son to experience this trip because of my own insecurities? Would that be fair? When Andrew arrived home after being gone for 7 weeks, we scheduled a short family get-away to New Hampshire and I asked him if he was ever home sick. His reply... "No, but I'm a bit trip-sick, the opposite of home sick." He missed being with his teammates and on the trip so much that he made up the word... "trip-sick". A few days later, I made a quick stop and purchased dinner for the family and when I got it home he said "I bet this was expensive." Why? Because he bought a much smaller meal from the same restaurant and it cost him $10. I don't know how to explain what the trip did completely, but it helped Andrew understand a bit about money, experience the most amazing adventure and sites, and make friends that I'm sure he'll always remember. As far as wrestling, he enjoyed the intensity of the practices and the competition had him winning and losing, which to me is the best mix of wrestling experience. If the opportunity presents itself to send your son on a trip with the Ohio All-Star Wrestling Team, don't hesitate. My son loved it!" Keith Fallon, son Andrew, 7th grader from Massachusetts keithfallon@comcast.net ------------------------------- “When I applied for Nathan to be on this team I really wanted him to have an experience where he could mature and grow, not just in wrestling, but in life. He had to learn how to work with others, manage his money, and do things out of his comfort zone. He now has the knowledge and confidence that he can do anything he puts his mind too. He learned a lot about himself and is a better young man and wrestler. Thank-you!” Jamie and Cheryl Wynsma, son Nathan, 7th grader from Michigan chwynsma@charter.net ------------------------------- “When Dillan finally decided he wanted to apply for the Ohio All-Star team I was very hesitant. Now that it is over I don't know why I had any hesitation. He grew in so many ways on the trip. He is more responsible, neater (well that might be a stretch) and can do his own laundry now. He saw and did things in the country that he would never have been able to do had he not been a part of this family(team). He made 26 life time brothers that he will never forget and always have a connection to. He learned from all different coaches and wrestled kids he would never have the opportunity to do. I am so glad we made the decision to let him have this experience. “ Mary and Dave Palaszewski, son Dillan, 8th grader from New York proudmary6577@live.com ------------------------------- “We were extremely grateful for the opportunity to have had Lucian on this trip. He was a very mature kid before the trip, but after being back a few weeks we have noticed he is SO much more aware of the world around him. He also is so much more confident on and off the mat. The fun he had and friendships he has made are amazing. He has told us he feels like he has 26 new brothers that share in the sport he loves. We as parents were very happy in the amount of support our community gave us in raising the money for this trip. From our local wrestling boosters to businesses in our area, we had the money raised in a short time. By our son bringing in sponsorship packets and talking to owners and other adults, about what he wanted to accomplish this summer, this trip started life lessons early on. Our thanks go out to all the coaches for his time on and off the mat this summer.“ Shawn & Susan Brink, son Lucian, 7th grader from Ohio sljsbrink@yahoo.com ---------------------------------- “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to go on this trip. The cost seems steep, but for 7 weeks of traveling and doing something every day it's actually pretty cheap. There were so many awesome memories made and the boys got to visit places they probably won't go to with their families. These boys bonded as friends, teammates and brothers. They are for sure going to stay in touch well after the trip is over. They wrestled some tough competition along the way and had good practice partners to help them grow as wrestlers. Along with good coaching. But the best part is the attitude they all left behind. They came home as "little men". They grew in ways that you can't teach at home. They learn to work with others no matter what, manage themselves (time, laundry, money), help take charge and become more respectful of others. The discipline on the team is by far the best thing for boys of this age. I would recommend this trip for any boy who loves wrestling and wants to grow into a great young man. The changes that I have seem in my own son, is hard to explain, he has more confidence to talk to people, more self confidence in himself and I know he's not afraid to put himself out there.” Chrystal Poupore, son Daniel, 8th grader from Michigan poupore1222@yahoo.com -----------------------------------------
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    Possible 2015-2017 Summer Travelling Teams

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For Additional Information: Bart Freidenberg bdbop@aol.com 614-507-1653 October 12, 2014 Nearly half the spots have already been filled on next summer’s 33rd Anniversary Ohio All-Star Wrestling Team tour. ---Open to all current 6th thru 9th graders, with an estimated summer weight of 65-155 pounds . Wrestlers must also carry a minimum of a B-/C+ grade point average. ---Initial Deadline for Applications Approaches (October 18). To request an application, see contact information above. ***NON OHIO WRESTLERS MAY APPLY.*** --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Nine of the anticipated 21 spots, on next summer’s Ohio All-Star Wrestling Team tour have now been filled, according to Team Chairman Bart Freidenberg. “So far, we have what looks to be one of our more competitive teams we have ever fielded.” These nine include 4 Ohio youth state champs, a New England champ, a NY State High School Qualifier, a Canada East Champion and a two time Ohio Tournament of Champions Champ. A current list of those named to the team, as well as a short compilation video of team photos from the 2014 tour, can be found on the Team’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2015OASWT/?ref=br_tf Freidenberg added that several other applications received are currently being checked for references. Among those include wrestlers that have won Tulsa, the Trinity Award, the American Crown and various youth state champions. He added that while applications for all weights are still being accepted, and considered, they are focusing most attention on 65-75, 88-98, 104-110 and 130 (estimated summer weights). “We are not limited as to what weights we travel with,” Freidenberg said. “Whatever we have, we let the other teams know and they match up, as best they can. However, those are the weights we definitely hope to add some quality kids to the roster.” Started in 1983, the Ohio All-Stars are the only team of its kind in the country. “There might be other teams that travel and wrestle, “ said Freidenberg, “but we are definitely unique with all the extra things we do, as well as the length of time we travel.” He added that this year’s tour will start with a five to seven day team training camp and then the team will tour/wrestle five to six weeks in length. “A lot of folks think the kids don’t get a lot of mat time on the tour, due to all the extra things we do, but they really do. This past summer, the kids averaged about 20 matches and we also had an additional 15 practices as well, not counting camp.” According to Freidenberg, the 2015 trip should see the team competing in Utah, Colorado, Nevada, California, Oregon and Idaho. “What is really unique about our team is that we start with a group of young men, all with a common goal being the best wrestler they can be. They start out as individuals, slowly transform into a team and then, somewhere around half way thru the trip, they become a family,” he said. “Along the way they learn how to take responsibility for their own actions, take care of each other, do their own laundry, budget their money and interact with adults who ask them about the team. “Some parents think their child will get homesick on the tour, but we keep them so busy, that they don’t have time to think about that” he said. “We also do so many things that no other team would even consider, such as Broadway shows, dinner theatre, Improv lessons and the past two years the kids have even had the opportunity to record songs at a private recording studio, in Reno. “We have also had a number of great speakers over the years, ranging from Former President Ronald Reagan, to UCLA Basketball Legend John Wooden, to 1936 Olympian/War Hero Louis Zamperini, to Cartoon Magnates William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, to various sports’s Hall of Famers and Olympians, including Rulon Gardner. “Also,” he added, “while we do give the kids some freedom, we do have a number of team rules, which need to be followed. How our team presents itself to the public is of extreme importance to us, which is why we check up on each individual that applies for the team. The need to have a good moral character, or else they will not be selected, regardless what their mat accomplishments might be.” He said wrestlers are expected to always present a positive image and among the team rules are that shirts must be tucked in and that no hats are allowed to be worn in restaurants. “The nicest thing is when a stranger comes up and tells us what fine young men we have.” But, there is also the other side. “This past year, we had one kid tell the official he made a bad call. Our wrestler decided he would be bit stubborn and wouldn’t apologize, so the team ended up with an extra 45 minute workout at the end of the match, even after our wrestler finally apologized to the official. “ Applications for this year’s Ohio All-Stars are due by October 18. You can request one by contacting Freidenberg at bdbop@aol.com or at 614-507-1653.
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    Possible 2015-2017 Summer Travelling Teams

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For Additional Information: Bart Freidenberg bdbop@aol.com 614-507-1653 October 12, 2014 Nearly half the spots have already been filled on next summer’s 33rd Anniversary Ohio All-Star Wrestling Team tour. ---Open to all current 6th thru 9th graders, with an estimated summer weight of 65-155 pounds . Wrestlers must also carry a minimum of a B-/C+ grade point average. ---Initial Deadline for Applications Approaches (October 18). To request an application, see contact information above. ***NON OHIO WRESTLERS MAY APPLY.*** --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Nine of the anticipated 21 spots, on next summer’s Ohio All-Star Wrestling Team tour have now been filled, according to Team Chairman Bart Freidenberg. “So far, we have what looks to be one of our more competitive teams we have ever fielded.” These nine include 4 Ohio youth state champs, a New England champ, a NY State High School Qualifier, a Canada East Champion and a two time Ohio Tournament of Champions Champ. A current list of those named to the team, as well as a short compilation video of team photos from the 2014 tour, can be found on the Team’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2015OASWT/?ref=br_tf Freidenberg added that several other applications received are currently being checked for references. Among those include wrestlers that have won Tulsa, the Trinity Award, the American Crown and various youth state champions. He added that while applications for all weights are still being accepted, and considered, they are focusing most attention on 65-75, 88-98, 104-110 and 130 (estimated summer weights). “We are not limited as to what weights we travel with,” Freidenberg said. “Whatever we have, we let the other teams know and they match up, as best they can. However, those are the weights we definitely hope to add some quality kids to the roster.” Started in 1983, the Ohio All-Stars are the only team of its kind in the country. “There might be other teams that travel and wrestle, “ said Freidenberg, “but we are definitely unique with all the extra things we do, as well as the length of time we travel.” He added that this year’s tour will start with a five to seven day team training camp and then the team will tour/wrestle five to six weeks in length. “A lot of folks think the kids don’t get a lot of mat time on the tour, due to all the extra things we do, but they really do. This past summer, the kids averaged about 20 matches and we also had an additional 15 practices as well, not counting camp.” According to Freidenberg, the 2015 trip should see the team competing in Utah, Colorado, Nevada, California, Oregon and Idaho. “What is really unique about our team is that we start with a group of young men, all with a common goal being the best wrestler they can be. They start out as individuals, slowly transform into a team and then, somewhere around half way thru the trip, they become a family,” he said. “Along the way they learn how to take responsibility for their own actions, take care of each other, do their own laundry, budget their money and interact with adults who ask them about the team. “Some parents think their child will get homesick on the tour, but we keep them so busy, that they don’t have time to think about that” he said. “We also do so many things that no other team would even consider, such as Broadway shows, dinner theatre, Improv lessons and the past two years the kids have even had the opportunity to record songs at a private recording studio, in Reno. “We have also had a number of great speakers over the years, ranging from Former President Ronald Reagan, to UCLA Basketball Legend John Wooden, to 1936 Olympian/War Hero Louis Zamperini, to Cartoon Magnates William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, to various sports’s Hall of Famers and Olympians, including Rulon Gardner. “Also,” he added, “while we do give the kids some freedom, we do have a number of team rules, which need to be followed. How our team presents itself to the public is of extreme importance to us, which is why we check up on each individual that applies for the team. The need to have a good moral character, or else they will not be selected, regardless what their mat accomplishments might be.” He said wrestlers are expected to always present a positive image and among the team rules are that shirts must be tucked in and that no hats are allowed to be worn in restaurants. “The nicest thing is when a stranger comes up and tells us what fine young men we have.” But, there is also the other side. “This past year, we had one kid tell the official he made a bad call. Our wrestler decided he would be bit stubborn and wouldn’t apologize, so the team ended up with an extra 45 minute workout at the end of the match, even after our wrestler finally apologized to the official. “ Applications for this year’s Ohio All-Stars are due by October 18. You can request one by contacting Freidenberg at bdbop@aol.com or at 614-507-1653.
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    Possible 2015-2017 Summer Travelling Teams

    Cael Woods - 7th grader from Lakeville, OH and son of 1986 team member Greg Woods. Cael was an OYWA and OAC State Champ in 2013 and TofC Runner Up in 2014. A Merit Roll student, Cael is projected at about 78-80 pounds next summer. Kyle Rowan - 7th grader from Madison, OH. Kyle was an OAC State Runner Up in 2014, took 3rd in 2013 and was the OYWA State Champ in 2014. Kyle currently has a 4.0 gpa and should be around 80 pounds during the summer. Kyle's dad, Dave, was a 1987 AA for Edinboro. Brett McIntosh - 7th grader from Harrison, OH. Brett won both the OAC and OHIOWAY state titles in 2014 and went 11-1 at the Virginia Beach Duals. He is expected to be around 140 pounds next summer. In school, he is a straight "A" student. Jack Bokina - 9th grader from Mattituck, NY. Jack was was 2014 Section II NY High School Champion as an 8th grader and was one match from placing at the New York State High School Tournament. A High Honor Roll student, Jack is anticipated to be around 125 pounds come summer.
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    Possible 2015-2017 Summer Travelling Teams

    Note: NON OHIO WRESTLERS MAY APPLY October 3, 2014 Dear Parents & Coaches, Based on applications we have received so far, we have made a decision to continue working on plans for an Ohio All-Star Wrestling Team to tour, during the summer of 2015. Among the applications we have received are several state and national champions/place winners, which already represent 7 states and Canada. While we have not made any announcement of team members yet, we may decide to name a few spots prior to the application deadline. All announcements would be made on our Facebook page: 2015 Ohio All-Star Wrestling Team. While currently an Open Group, once the final team roster is announced, this page would convert to a Closed Group. We are, however, focusing our efforts on these are anticipated summer weights: 68-78, 88-112 and 128-138. This is not meant to discourage wrestlers not in these weights from applying, as we are not limited to what weights we can travel with. It is just based on the applications we have received so far, and where we feel we would like to have more of a selection from. We have also started to talking to various individuals about coaching the team. Amongst those interested are: 3X State Champion Eddie Jayne (former team member and has coached the team 4 times) 3X All American Mark Jayne (former team member and as coached the team twice) Mike Geisz (has coached the team 7 times now) 3X State Champion Colt Sponseller (former team member and now an Asst. at Edinboro) State Champion Brad Harris (former 2X team member and has coached the team 3 times now) 3X State Champion Drew Pariano (former team member and currently Head Coach at Northwestern) - interested in working team camp again Initial team itinerary would include scheduled matches in Utah, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, California and Oregon. Sightseeing would include: Olympic Training Center, Pikes Peak, Alpine Slide, several Las Vegas Shows, including Blue Man Group, Recording Studio, Lake Tahoe, Disneyland, Pacific Ocean, Hollywood, Improv Show and Lesson, Mormon Temple, Baseball Game, Water Parks, San Diego Zoo, white water rafting and much more. Again, if interested, please contact me for an application and return it by October 18. Those interested in 2016 and 2017 OASWT tours may also submit their application at this time. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Yours in Wrestling, Bart Freidenberg Ohio All-Star Wrestling Team 614-507-1653 bdbop@aol.com
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    Possible 2015-2017 Summer Travelling Teams

    September 18, 2014 Dear Parents, Based on applications already submitted, as well as the interest that I have received via e-mail and phone calls, it appears very promising that we will be fielding an Ohio All-Star Wrestling Team in 2015. Already, I have heard from several OAC state champions/place winners, as well as some very tough non Ohio youth state /national place winners. If this trend continues, next summer's team could be one of our most competitive teams ever. I am also receiving a deal of interest, (and several applications), for the 2016 and 2017 teams. So, just a reminder, if you have any interest in applying for a spot on next summer's team, please contact me for an application and have it filled out and returned by the end of September, when I hope to make a final decision as to the status of the team. I have had a couple of parents question the trip cost and/or length. I can promise you that all money raised goes towards the trip (we are a 501c3 team). For comparison, this past year Indiana USA offered a 13 day wrestling exchange tour to Japan (7 days in Japan). Lodging and meals were to be picked up by the host country. Cost was $2500. We offered a 45 day tour, plus a 6 day camp, for $5000. Lodging was in hotels and kids received $20, every other day, for meals. In addition, they received about $800 in sightseeing events (Disneyland, Las Vegas Shows, white water rafting, water parks, plays, etc...) and $800+ in team gear. ***What a lot of parents don't understand is that the money CAN be raised. We do provide materials to help in this process. Understandably some are better at it than others, but it can be done.*** As for the length, I realize some parents are a bit hesitant about sending their child away for six weeks. The best I can tell you is to contact me and I will give you some names/numbers of parents, of similar age to your son, whose child participated in the past couple of years. You can then talk to them about their experience and decide for yourself. As for a tentative itinerary for 2015, I am looking at: Denver, Colorado Springs, Salina (UT), Las Vegas, San Diego, Los Angeles, Fresno, Reno, Eugene, Hermiston (OR), Boise and Salt Lake City. Sightseeing would include: Disneyland, Beach, White Water Rafting, Blue Man Group, San Diego Zoo, Water Parks, Mormon Temple Grounds, Improv Comedy, Lake Tahoe, Recording Studio, Hollywood, Alpine Slide, Broadway Show, Pikes Peak, Baseball Game, Air Force Academy, Rodeo and Olympic Training Center. If you have other specific questions about the tour, please do not hesitate to contact me. Yours in Wrestling, Bart Freidenberg bdbop@aol.com 614-507-1653 ---------------------------- "My son Logan was the youngest kid on the team this yr and we had some reservation about sending him at first but as we talked with past team members we decided we wanted him to experience this before it was no longer an option.My son was able to raise all the money pretty easily this yr without asking for individual donations. We didn't spend a dime other than some spending money.Trip of a lifetime. Great wrestling and they get to see stuff most people dream to see in a lifetime. Gives your child a chance to see what doors can open through wrestling, hard work ,dedication and sacrifice. They will grow more mentally in 6 weeks than most kids do in a yr. My kid went from having trouble staying at people's house for a night without getting homesick to me having to make him call home to check in during the trip! They stay so busy they don't have a chance to miss anything at home. They leave on the trip as teammates and come back brothers. Wrestled some great competition in , folk, freestyle and Greco as well as learning from different coaches and styles from each stop. From the Mountains of Yellowstone to the beaches of California, they get to see just what our beautiful country has to offer. We highly recommend this trip." Jason Ours (son Logan was a 5th grader and a 5X Ohio State Champ) ----------------------------- "Over the years, when the wrestlers and parents talk about, "trip of a lifetime," they rarely mention the wrestling. What a great accomplishment that is on its own. These boys all trained or competed at high levels daily and in the end....It is about experiences shared and lived off the mat. Parents will always have some trepidation about sending their child away for weeks and weeks on end. Their concerns are real and honest. The experiences these kids have are, in many cases, once in a lifetime. I was able to wrestle with the OASWT in '84' and saw things and places that I haven't seen since. I was able to be a coach for OASWT some 20+ yrs later (2007). I was able to witness kids experiencing people and places and things that they may never get a chance to experience again. NYC on Good Morning America, The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, The Black Hills and Badlands of S.D., Sturgis, The Grand Tetons, The Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, OK. Hanging out at Rulon Gardner's home. Living in a hostile in Jackson Hole, WY., Salt Lake City Mormon Temple, Old Faithful at Yellowstone, Bear Lake in Idaho, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and all the places in between and there are many. -Don't let the money scare you away. Any community will be proud of their student/wrestler getting this opportunity and they will step up. -There will be an awesome schedule. The competition is top notch in each state. Trust me. They do not want us coming into their home and beating them. They will have the best kids on board. We rolled into Utah and beat their Greco team that hadn't lost for years. They were not happy. -Your kids will learn so much. The trip is a 6-7 week, "life skills" class. Laundry, managing money, getting along, adapting, overcoming, flexibility, helping others, being a team player, encouraging others, being a leader, empathy... -The memories. -The experiences. If the OASWT decides to continue for one year or three....If you have the opportunity, apply, you will not be disappointed. Michael Phillips (OASWT 1984; OASWT Coach 2007) ------------------------------ Past team members have included: OHIO WRESTLERS Ryan Bertin (6th grader) - 2X NCAA Champion Alan Fried (6th and 7th grade) - NCAA Champion; 2X NCAA Runner Up Rex Holman (7th grader) - NCAA Champion Corey Kline (7th grader) - NCAA DII Champion Willie Wineberg (7th grader) - 4X State Champ John McGhee (5th grader) - 4X State Champ Lance Palmer (6th grader) - 4X State Champ Cam Tessari (6th grader) - 4X State Champ Shawn Nelson (8th grader) - 3X State Champ Eddie Jayne (8th grader) - 3X State Champ Drew Pariano (6th grader) - 3X State Champ Scott Burnett (6th grader) - 3X State Champ Mark Jayne (7th grader) - 3X State Champ Mason Lenhard (7th grader) - 3X State Champ Mike Miller (8th grader) - 3X State Champ Kevin Hardy (7th grader) - 3X State Champ Colt Sponseller (7th grader) - 3X State Champ Brandon Thompson (6th grader) - 3X State Champ Scott Zapadka (7th and 9th grade) - 2X State Champ Jimmy Johnson (6th grader) - 2X State Champ Mike Kulczycki (6th grader) - 2X State Champ Keith Cupp (6th grader) - 2X State Champ Marcus Gordon (7th grader) - 2X State Champ Matt McIntire (6th grader) - 2X State Champ Braxdon Scaletta (8th grader) - 2X State Champ Kevin Lipp (6th and 8th grader) - 2X State Champ Pat McLemore (7th grader) - 2X State Champ Gus Sako (6th grader) - 2X State Champ Joey Ward (5th grader) - 2X State Champ Kaleb Romero (7th grader) - 2014 State Champ as Freshman NON OHIO WRESTLERS Sheldon Thomas (7th grader) - NCAA Champion, from DE Kenny Anderson (9th grader) - 3X NCAA DIII Champion, from MA Nathan Galloway (6th and 7th grader) - 3X PA State Champ Mike Rowe (6th and 8th grader) - 4X MD State Champ; 2X National Prep Champion Ricky Frondorf (9th grader) - 3X NJ State Champ Evan Silver (8th grader) - 4X National Prep Champion, from MD Robbie Preston - 3X National Prep Champion, from NJ Bobby Ingraham (9th grader) - 3X VA State Champ Ryan Needle (5th and 7th grader) - 3X NY State Champ Walker Faison (7th grader) - 3X VA State Champion Trevor Chinn - (6th grader) - 4X NY State Finalist Hudson Taylor (7th grader) - 3X NCAA Placer, from NJ; 2X National Prep Champion Austin O'Connor (7th grader) - 2014 IL State Champ as Freshman Todd Preston (7th grader) - 2X National Prep Champion, from NJ Jack Clark (6th grade) - National Prep Champion; NJ State Champion Zach Thone (7th grade)-3X New Hampshire State Champion Connor McDonald (6th grade)-3X Delaware State Champion Codey Combs (7th grade)-3X Delaware State Champion Jason Taylor (9th grade) - 3X WV State Champion Past Participants By State Ohio-350 wrestlers (15 who went 2X) Non Ohio -181 wrestlers (8 who went 2X) Total: 531 different wrestlers (23 who went 2X) State that have been represented (24): CA, CO, CT, DE, IL, IN, KS, KY, MD, MA, MI, NH, NJ, NY, NC, OH, PA, RI, TN, VA, VT, WV, WI, WY
  13. BE A PART OF WRESTLING HISTORY For More Information Contact: Bart Freidenberg at bart@ohiotofc.com or 614-833-5885 OHIO TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS AIMS FOR WORLD RECORD ***8 NCAA CHAMPIONS ARE TOFC ALUMS*** ***Girl's High School Division (7th and 8th graders may choose to wrestle here) March 20, 2012...Columbus, OH......YOU can be a part of wrestling history, as The Ohio Tournament of Champions aims to set a new World Record, with 4000 individual entries. This year's event, scheduled for April 21 at the Columbus Convention Center, in Columbus, OH, will mark the TofC's 20th Anniversary. Already, entries from 22 states, and as far away as California, have been received and submissions have been entered from several others (registered but not paid yet). According to Event Chairman Bart Freidenberg, the entries are coming in better than the past few years. "There are so many national level events that kids can do these days, that people now tend to wait to the last minute to enter any of them," Freidenberg said. "Still, we are ahead of where we have been the past several years. Plus, we already have at least 100 more wrestlers that are part of large groups that won't show up as accepted until the group administrator pays for the entire team." "I'm starting to hear from several more groups that are planning on coming and just wanted to know how to do the group registration process," said Freidenberg, adding that recent groups contacting him have come from Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Hawaii.He also added that submissions (those who have entered individually, and have not yet paid) are also way ahead of past years as well, and include wrestlers from at least 10 additional states not already represented. The TofC has always been known for the quality of the wrestlers competing and that was proved at this weekend's NCAA Division I National Championships, as eight of the champions, and four of the runner ups, were past TofC competitors. 125 pounds: Nico Megaludis, 2nd place 133 pounds: Logan Stieber (6X TofC Champ), CHAMPION; Jordan Oliver, 2nd Place 141 pounds: Kellen Russell, CHAMPION 149 pounds: Frank Molinaro, CHAMPION 157 pounds: Kyle Dake, CHAMPION 165 pounds: David Taylor (2X Ohio TofC Champ), CHAMPION 174 pounds: Ed Ruth, CHAMPION 184 pounds: Steve Bosak, CHAMPION; Quentin Wright, 2nd Place 197 pounds: Cam Simaz, CHAMPION 285 pounds: Zachery Rey, Runner Up "Right after Kyle Dake won the NCAA's this year, I messaged his dad and told him that we would love to have Kyle as guest at our 2013 event (college wrestlers cannot appear until after they have used up their collegiate eligibility)," Freidenberg said. "He messaged back and said that he would let Kyle know, but also said that he had recently been looking at some of our past programs and that they were like a "who's who of college wrestling." ***Dake wrestled at the Ohio TofC several years. According to past results, he placed four times, with his lone Championship coming in 2005, at Schoolboy 92. In other years, he placed 4th in 2002, at Junior 73 (Collin Palmer, from Ohio took first and future NCAA Champion Jordan Oliver took second); 4th in 2003 at Junior 80 (Trey Adamson, of NM took first); and 6th in 2004, at Schoolboy 84 (NCAA Champion David Taylor took first). To register for this year's Ohio TofC, you can go to ohiotofc.com and click on registration. Among the various ways to qualify are: *All past TofC Champions *TofC top 8 (past two years) *All High School Wrestlers *All Cadet Wrestlers (those born in 1997 or earlier) *All Open (Post High School) or Girl's High School Division ---Open Division Entries and Submissions are currently way up based on past events *Any wrestler with 10+ match wins this season (includes open tournaments) *Top 6 at any National Level event (past 2 years) *Top 4 at any state or regional event (past 2 years) *Top 3 at any League Championship (past 2 years) *Champion at ANY Tournament (other than those specifically for beginners) this season *Top 3/4 at any Official Ohio TofC Qualifier *Any wrestler that has qualified for their State Youth Tournament that has a qualification process *Wrestlers who resides in a state with no qualifiers, or that lives more than 50 miles from the nearest qualifying event. Groups entering 8 or more wrestlers are also eligible for a Group/Team Discount this year. However, one individual needs to enter all of the wrestlers in, under one user name/password, and pay for them with one transaction. For more information on group rates, go to: http://ohiotofc.com/TournamentInform...eamInformation All entries are due by April 14, at 9 pm (EST), unless the event reaches its maximum number of competitors prior to that.
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