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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.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 November 2012

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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.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 November 2012

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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.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 November 2012

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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.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 November 2012

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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.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 November 2012

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History in the making

History is hard to know, because of all the hired bull****, but even without being sure of “history” it seems entirely reasonable to think that every now and then the energy of a whole generation comes to a head in a long fine flash, for reasons that nobody really understands at the time — and which never explain, in retrospect, what actually happened ...

There was a fantastic universal sense that whatever we were doing was right, that we were winning. And that, I think, was the handle — that sense of inevitable victory over the forces of Old and Evil. Not in any mean or military sense; we didn’t need that. Our energy would simply prevail. There was no point in fighting — on our side or theirs. We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 November 2012

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Smith is choice for sheriff

This Tuesday’s election will be an historic event because of the Presidential race.

It will also mark a transition in local politics as we elect a new sheriff in Logan County.

The race has drawn great interest and the candidates have campaigned on the theme of change.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 November 2012

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A summary of the ballot issues

Reuben Mees I’ve had several people ask me to explain the five statewide issues and how I’m voting on them recently. So, I thought I would lay out my positions a little better for both myself and the edification of any voters out there who are not sure exactly what all the mumbo-jumbo at the end of the ballot this year means.

I’m going to start with the most controversial of the issues although it is last on the ballot: Casino gambling. Or more appropriately the constitutional amendment that would let one casino operator offer casino gambling in Ohio.

I’m not a big fan for several reasons, none of which have much to do with gambling.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 November 2012

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