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Applications for 2016 & 2017 Ohio All-Star Wrestling Teams Now Being Accepted

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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.

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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)
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"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.) Edited by OhioTofc

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