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  1. NOW IN ITS 37TH YEAR The Ohio All-Star Wrestling Team is now accepting applications for its 2019 and 2020 teams. An application may be attached. If not, please e-mail: bdbop@aol.com to receive one. To be eligible for the team, wrestlers must meet the following requirements: *Be enrolled in the 6th thru 9th grade, during the school year they wish to apply for (older 5th graders and younger 10th graders may be considered) *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 2019 team is October 17, (deadline for 2020 Team is 10-22-2019), though some team members, for both teams, may be named prior to this date. Currently, there are 7 spots already filled on the 2019 Team and 5 on the 2020 Team, that were already selected last October. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Recently, the 2018 Ohio All-Star Wrestling Team returned home, following a 49 day wrestling tour out west, which saw them compile a 7-2 record, while traveling to: UT, ID, OR, WA, BC (Canada), NV, CA and CO. Since 1983, more than 650 of the top youth wrestlers, from Ohio and 24 other states (and Canada) have participated as a member of this team. Trip alumni have gone on to win 10 NCAA titles, more than 30 USA Wrestling Cadet & Junior National titles and more than 200 State High School titles. For those of you not familiar with the trip, it is hard to explain, as it encompasses so much more than just wrestling (see attached photos). You can also visit our OASWT Photos on Facebook. There you can find additional photos, and video, of the 2017 and 2018 tours, as well as team photos and rosters from 2012-2018. Please keep in mind that most of the wrestling shots are not posted here. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1658250907549999/?ref=group_header Wrestling is the glue that holds the trip together and team members generally average 14-20 matches on the tour. The 2018 Team also had 22 additional practices, plus another 13 during the team camp. But, past team members will tell you that the best part is the process of becoming brothers From climbing a Mountain, to white water rafting, to Broadway shows to learning how to do Improv comedy and singing, the team members will experience new and interesting activities along the way that help bring them together as a family. 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. Here are quotes from some of the 2018 Team Members, about their experience: “The trip has been the best experience of my life and will be for a very long time. I have benefited so much from the trip in ways like social skills and wrestling with more confidence than I did before. I wish that this amazing experience would never have to end.” – Daniel Adams, 9th grader, Poland, OH (2018 OHSAA District Qualifier) "This is my second OASWT experience, as I was also on the OASWT in 2014 and I believe that it had a lasting impression on my life, which the 2018 tour only helped me grow upon my first experience. I have been through so much with these guys, from late night workouts, to swimming in ice cold water, and even just surviving the cross country van rides together. On the Team I have learned the true meaning of being a team and, more importantly, the meaning of being brothers." – Lucian Brink, 10th grader, Coshocton, OH (2018 OHSAA State Runner Up) "It is an amazing experience to be on the Ohio All-Star Team. I have gained so much confidence, learned to be independent and have learned good communication skills.” – Vinnie D’Alessandro, 7th grader, Mayfield Hts., OH (2018 OAC Junior High State Runner Up) “My journey on the 2018 OASWT was fantastic The trip was so much more than just wrestling. It was also about sightseeing and doing things as a team, as well as becoming brothers. It is very hard to explain the bond that we all now share.” – Ty Daugherty, 8th grader, Avon, OH (2X OAC Junior High State Qualifier) “Being a part of the Team teaches you discipline, responsibility and how to deal with your problems on your own. This trip meant a lot to me and becoming brothers and bonding is what this trip really does. You are brothers for life.” – Amaan Gulacha, 8th grader, Stoney Creek, ONT (2018 USA Western Regional Champion) “The OASWT teaches you so many lessons that you could consider it the greatest odyssey of someone’s life. The trip is so much more than just a wrestling tour. It’s more of a trip that changes you from a child to a young adult.” – Rawson Iwanicki, 8th grader, Andover, MA (3X Youth State Qualifier) “I enjoyed the whole trip. At the beginning, I was scared about being the smallest and also singing. But, once I got to camp I was over the fears and just had fun. I promise you that at then end you’ll be missing everyone.” – Jared Johnston, 6th grader, Cincinnati, OH (2018 OAC Junior High Runner Up) “This trip has been amazing and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Meeting new people and becoming brothers with my teammates has been so awesome.” – Braxton Lewis, 8th grader, Suffolk, VA (2017 Middle School State Champion) “On the 2018 trip, I learned a lot of important things, like doing my laundry, cleaning up after myself, talking to adults and, one of my most important things was money management. This trip also taught me how to talk in front of people and have better bonding skills. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity.” – Mikey Longo, 8th grader, Wilton, CT (4X State Champion) “This trip has been the greatest experience of my life. I loved becoming brothers with all my teammates. I loved the places we went and, for future team members, remember to savor every moment, as some things you may never see again.” – Shaymus MacIntosh, 8th grader, Bridgewater, MA (5X Youth State Champion) “This summer, I got the opportunity to go on the trip of a lifetime. I was nervous at first, but then I just realized to make things fun and learn from others. This trip gave me lots of experience with life skills, like laundry, cleaning and just being respectful. Overall, the trip was an experience of a lifetime and I highly suggest going on it.” – Ian Moccia, 7th grader, Bel Air, MD (2X Ohio TofC Placer) “The Ohio All-Star Wrestling Team trip is like no other. This trip changed me for the better and not just in wrestling. This trip taught me so much about how to be a good person and also taught me about things we saw while sightseeing. The most important part of the trip though was becoming brothers with all my teammates.” – Colin Nugent, 7th grader, Boxford, MA (4X Youth State Champion) “This trip has caused me to go through many transformations. During the trip, I feel I have learned to be more independent and I also learned how to budget my money and spend accordingly. The trip has caused me to get out of my comfort zone and that has changed me for the better and I am glad I went on it.” – Mark Samuel, 8th grader, Wilmington, NC (2X State Champion) “The Ohio All-Star Wrestling trip is one of the best trips in the world. Sure there are some ups and downs but, in the end, we all came together as brothers. In the beginning, I was nervous about the trip. But, by the end, I was comfortable with everyone on the team. I believe that every person that has, or will be on the trip, will always say: “You will never regret it.” – Max Shulaw, 6th grader, Lima, OH (2018 OAC Grade School State Champion) “The Ohio All-Star Wrestling Team was an experience that I will never forget. To me, the trip was so much more than just wrestling and taught me so many things that I never thought it would. I learned a lot more about managing money, managing time, talking to other people and working together and functioning as a team. My favorite thing was all the new brothers I bonded with. In the end, I definitely do not regret going on this trip at all, because it really is the “trip of a lifetime.” – Dustin Smith, 9th grader, Smithfield, VA (2018 Third in State High School) “This has been the best trip I have ever done. It was a really awesome experience going to all of the different places. The best thing is becoming brothers and bonding together. At first, I didn’t think this trip would be a good trip and I thought the singing would be stupid. But, it was actually really fun and if I got the chance to do this trip again I would.” – Reese Stephen, 6th grader, Barnesville, OH (3X Ohio TofC Placer) “The Ohio All-Star trip has done many things to improve me, not only as a wrestler, but as a young man. The trip has given me skills to problem solve, speak in public and also to adapt to adversity. Being the oldest child, with only a younger sister, I never understood when some of my friends spoke about brotherhood. But, on the trip, I learned what brotherhood was all about, as we set aside our personal differences to become one large family. While the life skills I learned were important, I feel that brotherhood was the most important thing I learned.” – Luke Tucholski, 7th grader, North Olmsted, OH (2017 OAC Grade School State Placer) “My journey with the Ohio All-Star Wrestling Team was the best trip that anyone could ever do. Just all the amazing things we did and experienced is incredible. It was the best seven weeks of my life and nothing will ever be like this.” – Zak Zindle, 6th grader, Gloucester, MA (2018 Youth State Champion) From Amy Lehman, whose son, Owen (who was a 12 year old 6th grader from Annville, PA), was a member of the 2017 OASWT: "There are some many great reasons to send your wrestler on this trip and it’s hard to condense it down to a short blurb. Owen was one of those kids who stood back and took everything in. Not an outsider but an observer, never wanting to be the center of attention. I’m not sure if it was his self-confidence or nerves or what. He rarely chose to spend the night at other people’s houses and new situations made him nervous. When he got selected for the 2017 trip, we talked extensively about it. I know he was scared, but he wanted to go! Getting closer to the trip, you could tell he became more and more nervous but never did he say he wasn’t going to go. Saying goodbye to him at the airport was the hardest thing I’ve ever done (and probably the hardest thing he’s ever done, too) but we both made it through and his self-confidence soared! He tackled one of his biggest fears ever! He could do anything now!!! He not only gained self-confidence on this trip but independence, problem solving skills (he couldn’t yell “Mom, where’s my ___?” whenever he lost something on the trip), he learned how to do laundry, he learned to budget his money, he wrestled kids that were bigger, stronger and better than him and didn’t give up. He practiced with new kids & new coaches, they went on hikes and did a lot of conditioning workouts, and he saw so many amazing places along the way. They also went to shows, and met famous people. Most importantly, he became a little brother to 27 other amazing wrestlers. He talks about his brothers and the trip at least every day. In fact, he has already convinced us to let him apply for the team again." (Note: Owen has already been selected to participate again on the 2020 OASWT). Amy Lehman If you have any questions for Amy, you can contact her at alehman76@gmail.com From John Zindle, whose son Zak (who was a 12 year old 6th grader, from Worcester, MA, went this past summer): “We first heard about the OASWT trip, in 2015, from some alumni that went to our club - Jack Darling and Hunter Adrian. At the time, Zak was in 3rd grade and we were just getting started with wrestling, and were more focused on getting him to remember to bring both shoes and headgear to practice! Zak attended the 2017 OASWT Camp, and had a blast! That was a turning point for him. He got to see the 2017 team get all of their gear, hear the itinerary, and see the excitement of the kids going on the trip. Zak applied when he got home from camp, and was selected for the 2018 team in October 2017! He was 12 years old, and finishing 6th grade. He was so excited- as were my wife and I (a bit nervous too!) . As the time came to leave for camp, we were all anxious. When the boys walked into the gym and saw the gear bags- they were all so excited. They had a great camp, and we said our goodbyes at the airport drop-off and off they went. What impressed me the most, was how Bart interacts with these young men. There are 20+of them, from all over. In addition to the wrestling, he took them to Broadway shows, Improv Comedy classes, white water rafting and more, all within the first week. So began the process of team bonding and building friendships that will last forever. Zak was one of the younger wrestlers on the trip, but that didn't matter. The boys became really close! The trip itself was amazing. The wrestling is great and they got into some of the toughest rooms on the West Coast. Zak really enjoyed meeting the guest speakers and hearing their personal stories – from NCAA & Olympic Champions to Actors and the McFarland USA Coach and runners. Then, there are the places they visit, which this summer included eight states, Canada and Mexico! I was able to catch up with the Team in LA and San Diego and watching the boys interact with each other and the Coaches was awesome. Another great part of the trip is RESPONSIBILITY. The wrestlers are held accountable for things like tucking your shirt in, not wearing a hat at the table and other real life lessons. A bonus is that Zak can now can do his own laundry! This is a great trip for the boys: tough wrestling, amazing camaraderie and seeing our beautiful country. Three weeks after the trip and Zak still talks to his new brothers and we hear stories about the trip all the time. These boys created an incredible bond. In fact, Zak is already pushing to apply for the Team again, in 2020. Cheers- John Zindle jpzindle@gmail.com Alumni 2012-2017 have included: 2012: Kaleb Romero: 4X High School State Champ from Ohio (Ohio State) 2012: Austin O’Connor: 4X High School State Champ from Illinois (North Carolina) 2012: Dylan D’Emilio: 3X High School State Champion from Ohio 2012: Brakan Mead: Ohio State Champion (Ohio State) 2012: Michael May: OAC Junior High State Champion 2013: Gabe Tagg: Ohio State Champion 2013: Julian Tagg: 2X Ohio State Champion and World Cadet Team Member 2013: Abe Bloom: 2X Rhode Island State Champ (Trinity College) 2013: Jordan Ward: OAC Grade School State Champion 2013: Zach Brown: 2X Kentucky State Champion as a Junior 2013: Jack Davis: National Prep Champion (Penn State) 2014: Logan Ours: OAC Junior High State Champ; 6X OAC Grade School State Champ 2014: David Crawford: 2X Ohio State High School Champion (Pitt) 2014: Dustin Norris: Ohio State High School Runner Up 2014: Bryce Andonian: 2X Ohio State High School Champion 2014: Jacob Lagoa: 2X Ohio State Champion as a Sophomore 2014: Ty Mills: 2X Indiana State Runner Up (Duke) 2014: Trey Lane: 2X Florida State Champion as a Junior 2014: Jacob Shoop: Michigan State High School Champion (Grand View University) 2014: Brenden Severs: OAC Junior High State Champion 2014, 2018: Lucian Brink – Ohio State Runner Up 2015: Kyle Rowan: Ohio State Runner Up 2015: Jack Darling: 2X Massachusetts State Champion as a Junior 2015: Jack Bokina: New York State Champion (Brown) 2015: Luke Bokina: New York State Champion 2015: Cole Skinner: OAC Junior High State Champion & Cadet World Team Member 2015: Cael Woods: Ohio State High School - 3rd 2015: Chris Langguth: Ohio State High School – 3rd 2015: Lachlan McNeil: 2X Canadian Cadet World Team Member 2015: Cooper Flynn: Multi time Tennessee Youth State Champion 2016: Reece Fry: Michigan State High School Champion (Brown) 2016: Erik Roggie: Virginia State High School Champion 2016: Brennen Cernus: OAC Junior High State Champion 2016: Logan Messer: Ohio State High School – 3rd 2016: Clayton Ulrey: Pennsylvania State High School – 5th 2017: Peyton Fenton: Ohio Junior High State Champion 2017: Max Leete: Massachusetts State High School Champion as a Freshman 2017: Brady Welch: OAC Junior High State Runner Up 2017: Sterling Segal: OAC Junior High State Champion 2017: Eli Spencer: OAC Junior High State Champion Other past Ohio alumni have included: Ryan Bertin (6th grader) - 2X NCAA Champion Alan Fried (6th and 7th grader) - 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; 2X NCAA Qualifier John McGhee (5th grader) - 4X State Champ Lance Palmer (6th grader) - 4X State Champ; NCAA Runner Up Cam Tessari (6th grader) - 4X State Champ; NAIA Champion Shawn Nelson (8th grader) - 3X State Champ; NCAA All American Eddie Jayne (8th grader) - 3X State Champ Drew Pariano (6th grader) - 3X State Champ; 3X NCAA Qualifier Scott Burnett (6th grader) - 3X State Champ; NJCAA All American Mark Jayne (7th grader) - 3X State Champ; 2X NCAA All American Mason Lenhard (7th grader) - 3X State Champ; NCAA Qualifier Mike Miller (8th grader) - 3X State Champ; NCAA Runner Up Kevin Hardy (7th grader) - 3X State Champ & NAIA National Champion Colt Sponseller (7th grader) - 3X State Champ; NCAA All American Brandon Thompson (6th grader) - 3X State Champ Scott Zapadka (7th and 9th grade) - 2X State Champ Mike Kulczycki (6th grader) - 2X State Champ; NCAA All American Keith Cupp (6th grader) - 2X State Champ; NAIA Champion Marcus Gordon (7th grader) - 2X State Champ; 2X NCAA DII Qualifier Matt McIntire (6th grader) - 2X State Champ Kevin Lipp (6th and 8th grader) - 2X State Champ Pat McLemore (7th grader) - 2X State Champ; NCAA Qualifier Gus Sako (6th grader) - 2X State Champ; 2X NCAA Qualifier Joey Ward (5th grader) - 2X State Champ; NCAA All American Non Ohio notables include: Sheldon Thomas (DE-7th grader)-4X State Champion; NCAA Champion Kenny Anderson (MA-9th grader)-3X NCAA DIII National Champion Hudson Taylor (NJ-7th grader)-3X NCAA All American Zack Kemmerer (PA-6th grader)-2X State Champion; NCAA All American If you have any additional questions, wish to communicate with some parents of past OASWT members, or desire an application, please let me know, as I can forward that information to you. Yours in Wrestling, Bart Freidenberg bdbop@aol.com
  2. January 8, 2017 OHIO TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS - RELEASE Official Website: www.ohiotofc.com For Additional Information, contact: Bart Freidenberg bart@ohiotofc.com 614-507-1653 ---Date ---Past Participants ---New Means of Qualification ---Club, Team & Region Competition continues ---2018 TofC Honorees ---Special Guests Columbus, OH.......The Ohio Tournament of Champions will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at the Columbus Convention Center, in Downtown Columbus, OH. Now in its 26th year, the Ohio TofC generally draws between 2500-2800 wrestlers, ages 5-19, (there is also an Open Division for post high school wrestlers), and representing 30+ states. The Tournament’s past list of competitors reads like a who’s who of wrestling. Names like: Logan Stieber, Kyle Snyder, Kyle Dake, Nathan Tomasello, David Taylor, Myles Martin, Dean Heil, Cade Olivas, Yanni Diakomihalis, Mark Hall, Zahid Valencia, Luke Pletcher, Joey McKenna, Bo Jordan, Dustin Schlatter, Anthony Collica, J. Jaggers, Zeke Moisey, Austin O’Connor, Kaleb Romero, Chance Marsteller, Coleman Scott, Roger Kish, Lance Palmer, Jimmy Gulibon, Vincenzo Joseph, Nico Megaludis, Isaac Jordan, Gabe Dean, Jason Nolf, Cody Brewer, Zach Epperly, Taylor Walsh, Devin Carter, Jason Tsirtsis, James Green, Darion Caldwell and 10X TofC Champion Jonathan Reader are all former participants. In addition to the regular means of qualification, we have added a new way for wrestlers to qualify. Any Coach of an organized Team or Club, may qualify any wrestler that they feel have met the standards in order to compete in this event. Those coaches that wish to use this means, should contact us at bart@ohiotofc.com and we can e-mail them the flyer that they can distribute to those wrestlers. We are also continuing our Club & Team Competition, which is all based on wrestler’s individual performance. Entered Teams & Clubs can win gift certificates, anywhere from $500-$1500 from various wrestling suppliers, such as Rudis, 3X Gear and Defense Soap. Region Competition also continues and Regions will try to unseat defending champion Indiana, which took home the top prize of a $2500 grant, to help wrestling in their Region. Additional grants, from $500-$1500, are scheduled to be given to Regions that place 2nd thru 5th. In all, 37 different Regions scored points last year. Beginning with the 2018 event, the TofC will honor two individuals each year. This year’s honorees will be Doug Blubaugh, (1960 Olympic Gold Medalist and frequent guest at the TofC), who will receive the “Legend of the Sport” award. Vince Matteucci, (former Head TofC Official, Ohio’s State Rules Interpreter and noted wrestling artist), will receive the “Lifetime Achievement” award. This year’s awards, which are still being finalized, will incorporate the award winners into them. Beginning with the 2019 event, we have selected a national wrestling panel, made up of noted wrestlers and wrestling media members, who will annually vote on the these two awards. This panel includes: Russ Hellickson (Olympic Silver Medalist), Wade Schalles (2X NCAA Champion), Lee Roy Smith (Executive Director of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame), Kyle Klingman (Director of the Dan Gable Wrestling Hall of Fame), Jason Bryant (Mat Talk on Line), Mike Finn (WIN Magazine), Scott Casber (Takedown Wrestling) and Mark Palmer (InterMat). While we are still working on the Special Guests to appear at the event, we have lined up one one of the biggest names in amateur wrestling. Unfortunately, due to NCAA rules, we cannot announce this individual, until after they have used up their collegiate eligibility, in March. We are also working on trying to get another one of the top collegiate seniors as well.
  3. This is a final message to encourage wrestlers to enter and compete at this year's 25th Anniversary Ohio Tournament of Champions, which will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the Columbus Convention Center, in Columbus, OH. Entries from 30 States and Canada are already entered. Remember, the top 5 Regions that do the best, based upon their top 25 place finishers, will win cash grants from $500-$2500, to directly benefit wrestling in that Region. Every wrestler is a potential scorer for their Region. To Register, go to: www.ohiotofc.com Current states represented: CA, CT, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MD, MA, MI, MO, MT, NH, NJ, NY, NC, ND, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VT, VA, WV, CANADA The entry deadlines are as follows: Saturday, April 15 - thru 11:59 pm - entry fee at regular rate Sunday, April 16 & Monday, April 17 - thru 11:59 p.m. - there will be a $10 late fee charged Tuesday, April 18 - Too late - entries will be shut down Weight changes are free thru Monday, April 17 (11:59 p.m.). After that, any changes must be done at the event and are subject to a $100 change of weight fee. Projections are indicating anywhere from 2500-2800 wrestlers. This is based on the following: Current entries: will be more than 1500 by the end of today - which is right in line with where we were last year. Last year, we had 946 register the final three days, including 499 on the final day, and are expecting more to do so this year, as we are running at a 20% higher rate of entry this week. Submissions (those that have either pre-registered, and not yet paid + those that have registered and paid) are currently up more than 250 wrestlers (15%), over last year. Special Guests this year include: Frank Jasper, Shute, from the movie "Vision Quest."
  4. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ---------------------------------------- OHIO TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS - APRIL 22, 2017 3 WEEKS LEFT TO REGISTER FOR 25TH ANNIVERSARY EVENT WWW.OHIOTOFC.COM March 27, 2017.....Just over three weeks remain to register for the largest one day amateur wrestling tournament in the world, the 25th Ohio Tournament of Champions. This year’s event will be held on April 22, at the Columbus Convention Center, located in downtown Columbus, OH. initial registration will close out on April 15, with extended registration, (subject to a $10 late fee), closing out on the evening of April 17. Currently, wrestlers entered represent 24 states and vent organizers are expecting anywhere from 2600-3000 wrestlers to enter. “We’re already over the 300 mark, with three weeks still to go,” said Tournament Chairman Bart Freidenberg. “These days, people tend to wait until the last minute to register, so our numbers always go up a lot the last two weeks. Last year, we had nearly 2000 entries in the last two weeks, including more than 800 the final two days.” Freidenberg credits a lot of folks for the success of the event. Much of the credit for the success of the event goes to my staff and officials,” said Freidenberg. “But, obviously, we have had a lot of super tough wrestlers over the years compete in our event. Both of those things are the reason folks keep coming back.” In fact, over the past three years, half of the NCAA Division I National Champions were former Ohio TofC place winners. In total, 75 of the 240 All Americans were also TofC place winners. This year’s list of 22 TofC alumni, included 6 champions: 125 Pounds: Darian Cruz-Lehigh-Champion; Joey Dance (Virginia Tech)-5th Place; Jack Mueller (Virginia)-6th Place and Nathan Kraisser (Campbell)-8th Place. 133 Pounds: Nathan Tomasello (Ohio State)-3rd Place. 141 Pounds: Dean Heil (Oklahoma State)-Champion; George DiCamillo (Virginia)-2nd Place; Kevin Jack (North Carolina State)-3rd Place; Anthony Ashnault (Rutgers)-6th Place and Matthew Kolodzik (Princeton)-7th Place. 149 Pounds: Sol Chishko (Oklahoma State)-6th Place. 157 Pounds: Jayson Nolf (Penn State)-Champion. 165 Pounds: Vincenzo Joseph (Penn State)-Champion; Logan Massa (Michigan)-3rd Place and Chad Walsh (Rider)-7th Place. 174 Pounds: Mark Hall (Penn State)-Champion; Bo Jordan (Ohio State)-2nd Place; Zahid Valencia (Arizona State)-3rd Place and Myles Amine (Michigan)-4th Place. 184 Pounds: Gabe Dean (Cornell)-2nd Place and Myles Martin (Ohio State)-5th Place. 285 Pounds: Kyle Snyder (Ohio State)-Champion. Other past champions and placers have included: Logan Stieber, Kyle Dake, David Taylor, Cade Olivas, Lance Palmer, Zeke Moisey, Joey McKenna, Cody Brewer, Nico Megaludis, Coleman Scott, Isaaac Jordan, Zach Epperly, Anthony Collica, Devin Carter, Cory Brewer, James Green, Mitchell Port, Jason Tsirtsis, Taylor Walsh, Michael McMullen, Luke Pletcher and Jon Reader, a 2011 NCAA Champion for Iowa State. Reader holds the TofC record with 10 individual titles. Special guests for this year’s event are still being worked on, but tentatively include Frank Jasper, who portrayed Shute, in the 1985 wrestling movie, “Vision Quest” and Grayson Russell, known for his roles as Texas Ranger, in the movie “Talladega Nights” and Fregley, in the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series. Known for their yearly mascots and innovative awards, this year’s event mascot is a Wizard, which will be featured on event apparel and the awards. But, according to Freidenberg, the event also found a way to showcase many of the past tournament mascots. “Our main award this year is a wall clock,” Freidenberg said, “which will feature the place finish of the wrestler. But, instead of the numbers around the clock, we have used 12 of our past mascots,We had the clock on display at the Ohio State High School event and the kids loved it. “Of course, we are keeping the wrist watch for the champions,” he added. If you ask any of the past champions, that is what they prize the most. We are also giving all the top eight place finishers a special 25th Anniversary medallion. We did a similar medallion for the Ohio High School State Tournament and we sold out of them.” New to the TOfC this year is Region Competition. Simply explained, the United States has been divided up into approximately 40 regions. When individuals register for the event,they select the Region they reside in.The top five finishing Regions, based on their 25 top place finishers,will win cash grants, of anywhere from $500-$2500, to directly benefit wrestling in their Region. Additional information is listed on the TofC website under Tournament Information and then Club/Team/Region Competition.
  5. NEWS RELEASE 2017 Ohio Tournament of Champions - 25th Anniversary New for 2017: Region Competition - with chance to win up to $2500 cash grant, to help support wrestling in your Region February 13, 2017 The Ohio Tournament of Champions, considered one of the toughest post season wrestling tournaments in the country, as well as being the largest one day event, will be held at the Columbus Convention Center, in Columbus, OH, on April 22. This year marks the event’s 25th Anniversary and tournament organizers are expecting 3000 participants. Currently, entries are running at more than 75% ahead of last year’s pace, which saw nearly 2500 entries, and 16 states are already represented. Registration is currently open, thru April 14, with extended registration closing out on April 16, at http://www.ohiotofc.com - there will be no entries accepted after after that. Age groups, which are determined by the birth year, range from 8 and under and go thru high school. There is also an Open Division, for those wrestlers that have graduated high school. Past participants read like a who’s who of wrestling, including: Jon Reader (10X Champion), Logan Stieber (6X Champion), Kyle Dake (1X placer - 4X placer), David Taylor (2X Champion) and Coleman Scott (2X Champion). Other past competitors have included: Kyle Snyder, Mark Hall (6X Champion), Dean Heil (4X Champion), Anthony Collica (3X Champion), Lance Palmer (3X Champion), Collin Palmer (8X Champion), Zahid Valencia (2X Champion), Luke Pletcher (9X Champion), Cade Olivas (7X Champion), Mark Grey (6X Champion), Eric Tannenbaum (5X Champion), Kaleb Romero (5X Champion), Kenny Courts (5X Champion), Hunter Stieber (5X Champion), Dustin Schlatter (4X Champion), C.P.Schlatter (2X Champion), Austin O'Connor (2X Champion), Yianni Diakomihalis (4X Champion), Michael Poeta (3X Champion), Zeke Moisey (3X Champion), Nathan Tomasello (1X Champion), Jason Tsirtsis (1X Champion), Myles Martin, J. Jaggers (3X Champion) and many others. While the event is an individual tournament, with awards being given out to the top eight place finishers in each age/weight class, a new twist was added this year - Region Competition. “Basically, we have divided the United States up into about 40 Regions,” Tournament Chairman Bart Freidenberg said. “When a wrestler registers, he will select the Region that he resides in. The top 25 place finishers, in each Region, will score points for his Region. So, every wrestler is a potential point scorer.” Freidenberg added that the top five Regions will win cash grants, ranging from $500 to $2500, which will go directly to support wrestling in the winning Regions. “We’ll see how the entries go,” Freidenberg said,” so there may even be additional money allocated to either the top five Regions, or additional placing Regions. We haven’t decided on that part yet.” With the Region Competition, the event has added a new category of qualification, “Wildcard Entry.” Basically this is just an additional exemption that folks can use to register,” said Freidenberg. “We anticipate that 99 percent, or more, of our entries will have already met some other qualification, to enter. In the past, many folks have met one of the qualifications, or exemptions, but weren’t aware that they had, so they never bothered to enter. This just sort of streamlines things and makes it easier for folks. Also back is the Club & Team Competition, which is again based on wrestler’s individual place finishes. ”There was a lot of confusion on which Division to enter last year,” Freidenberg said. “This year, the clubs and teams will just pick the Division based on the prize they are hoping to win.” This years prizes range in value from $500-$1500 worth of custom wrestling apparel and gear. The Tournament has also announced its first two Special Guests for the event: Frank Jasper, who portrayed Shute, in the movie “Vision Quest” and Grayson Russell, who portrayed Texas Ranger in “Talladega Nights” and Fregley in the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” movies. Both will be on hand to sign autographs for all the attendees. You can follow tournament updates on their Facebook page, at: You can also like the event’s Facebook page, at https://www.facebook.com/ohiotofc/ and the event itself will be streamed live on Flo Wrestling.
  6. National Individual Team & Club Championships FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 24TH OHIO TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS - April 23, 2016 - Columbus Convention Center - Columbus, OH Think you have, or are a member of, the toughest overall wrestling Team or Club Wrestling Program in the United States? Now is the time to prove it. This year's Ohio Tournament of Champions (http://www.ohiotofc.com) introduces the National Team and Club Championships, based on the individual place finish of the wrestlers. While still an Individual Tournament, with awards being presented to the top 8 place finishers in each age/weight class, major awards, up to $1500 in value, will be presented to the top Clubs & Teams, in four different categories (Small School Team, Large School Team, Small Club, Large Club/State Team). These awards will range from free wrestling clinics, free wrestling camps, free custom wrestling gear, free Flo Pro memberships, free Defense Soap and much more. Already, 21 Clubs/Teams have signed up to participate, representing 9 states, and a number of others have registered, but have not paid the entry fee yet. For more information on the Team Competition, as well as a more detailed list of awards to be given out, visit: https://ohiotofc.com/page/3-club-team-competition What is unique about this concept is that Clubs/Teams can enter all of their wrestlers, regardless of age/weight, and do not have to designate any point scorers. Based on the category of Team they are, their top X number of place finishers will count towards their overall points. Members of Teams/Clubs also do not have to meet any other qualifications, in order to compete. Those wrestlers who wish to enter and are not part of a registered team or club may still do so, but do need to meet one of the qualification standards or exemptions - https://ohiotofc.com/tournaments/qualifiers Note: There will also be a Team Title in the Open Division, but no major awards will be presented. Registration for this year's Ohio TofC continues thru April 18 and close to 2800 wrestlers are expected to compete, making it the largest one day amateur wrestling tournament in the United States. How tough is the TofC. Well, 26 of this year's NCAA All Americans were former TofC participants, including 5 champions. Other TofC regulars have included: Logan Stieber (6X Champ), Kyle Dake (1X Champ; 4X Placer), David Taylor (2X Champ), Mark Hall (6X Champ), Luke Pletcher (9X Champ), Cade Olivas (7X Champ), Eric Tannenbaum (5X Champ), and Jon Reader (10X Champ). We look forward to seeing YOU at this year's event and mark your calendars for our 25th Ohio TofC, to be held April 22, 2017.
  7. 2016 OHIO TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS "The Largest One Day Amateur Wrestling Tournament in the World." ***Recently named one of the "Big Three" events (along with Tulsa and USA Folkstyle Nationals) ***New this year: National Team & Club Championships (based on individual results) ***FREE SPECTATOR ADMISSION ~ NO COACHES FEES APRIL 23, 2016 - COLUMBUS, OH 2016 Ohio TofC Registration Registration continues (deadline is April 18) for 24th Ohio Tournament of Champions, to be held April 23, 2016, at the Columbus Convention Center, in Downtown Columbus, OH. This year's event is expected to draw nearly 3000 wrestlers, ages 6 thru 50, and representing 30+ states. Recently named one of the Big Three events, 27 of last year's NCAA Division I All Americans were former TofC participants, headlined by 4X NCAA & 6X Ohio TofC Champion Logan Stieber. The TofC is also the event where Kyle Dake and David Taylor first met in competition. HOW TO QUALIFY To see how to qualify, as well as view the various qualifying exemptions, you can visit the event website by visiting: http://www.ohiotofc.com and clicking on "Qualifying Events." If you need help with the registration process, click on "Tournament Information" and then "How To Register." NATIONAL CLUB & TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS New this year is the National Team & Club Championships. While still an Individual Tournament, awards will be determined on the basis of the individual place finishes of the competing wrestlers. There will be four categories, of which to enter a Team/Club, and awards will be presented to the top 3 in each category. Award value will be as much as $1500 and includes free wrestling clinics (we would pay to transport the clinician in to your location), free camps, free wrestling gear (up to $1500 worth), free Defense Soap, free Flo Pro memberships and more. Clinicians include: Gene Mills, Wade Schalles, Randy Lewis and many more. For more information on this, as well as a list of the various awards to be given (including a complete current list of the clinicians we are working with), click on "Tournament Information" and then"Club & Team Competition." Teams/Clubs entering are also eligible to receive one free entry, per each 10 paid entries. More information on this can be found by clicking the link above. Note: There will also be a Team Title in the Open Division, but no major awards will be presented. INDIVIDUAL AWARDS This year's individual awards will be custom 50"x60" blankets, with the individual's place finish added to them. First thru third place awards will be silk plush (the real soft ones) and 4th thru 8th will be fleece. (Open Division 4th thru 6th). As is tradition, all Champions will also receive a custom wrist watch. To see photos of the awards, visit: https://ohiotofc.com/page/10-highlights DEFENSE SOAP The Ohio Tournament of Champions is proud to partner with Defense Soap. Visit http://defensesoap.com for all of your Defense Soap needs and enter Referral code TOC
  8. 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 Pennsylvania 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 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
  9. OHIO TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS - NOW IN OUR 24TH YEAR “America’s Only National Modified Wrestling Championships” “The Largest One Day Wrestling Tournament In The World” NOW: America’s Largest National Individual & Team & Club Championships MAJOR CHANGES PLANNED FOR 2016 For the most part, things will remain the same for 2016. The MAJOR changes will come in regards to the qualification and our adding more of an emphasis on the Team Competition. EVENT DATE: The 2016 OHIO TOFC will be held on April 23. BRIEF SYNSOPSIS OF PROPOSED CHANGES Over the years, we have been very fortunate to have had some great events to partner up with as Qualifying Events. However, it is always an issue each year, to get the updated information on each event and get them their Qualifying Cards on time. Many event directors also change and we often do not get notice of the new contact info and continuously have to check various website to find this information. Also, the entire landscape of Wrestling has change since we started the TofC, back in 1993. At that time, we were one of three major events (Tulsa, AAU Folkstyle Nationals and Ohio TofC). Now there are at least 50 so-called National events out there - many of which are nothing more than a large local event. Add to this all the Dual Meet Events and you see how things have drastically changed. With that in mind, we sought to come up with an idea that would be unique amongst all the other National events and think we have stumbled on such an idea, beginning with our 2016 event. Here are the basic guidelines as to what we are currently working on: ***TofC will continue to be a one day event. We will also continue the staggering of the weight classes during the day. ***TofC will remain an individual event. However, there will be a greater emphasis placed on the Team Competition aspect (see below for more details). While entering as a team may allow some wrestlers to bypass other means of qualification, those entering as individuals will still need to meet some level of qualification. For this reason, the various qualifying events and exemptions will continue, though qualifying forms may not be passed out. ***Along with the major team awards we are working on, individual awards will still be given out to the top 8 (top 6 in the Open Division) place finishers in each weight class. ***We are working with Flo Wrestling on going paperless for 2016. However, in order to do this, a special program will need to be developed, for the way we run our Tournament. ***We will still provide for mats for those wrestlers who go two and out, so that they can receive some additional matches, if they so choose. TEAM COMPETITION The main aspect moving ahead is the emphasis on the Team Competition and here is the basics of what we are working to develop. There will be four levels of teams: 1. Small School Team - all participants must be from that school district 2. Large School Team - all participants must be from that school district 3. Small Club Team - all participants must all be an active member of that particular club, or from a localized area 4. Large Club Team - all participants must be an active member of that particular club, or from a designated area. This Division would include State Teams from those states who are deemed to be of sufficient distance, in order to warrant their inclusion in this category. Unlike a Dual Meet Event, where you have a limited number of weight classes you have to fill, coaches now have 90 various age/weight classes to select their point getters from and can even choose multiple point getters in the same weight class, if need be. Basically, each different level of Club/Team will be allocated X number of spots for point getters. They can enter additional wrestlers, but the Coach would have to designate their point getters. Small School Team-up to 8 point getters Large School Team- up to 15 point getters Small Club Team- up to 22 point getters Large Club Team- up to 30 point getters Points would be earned based on each wrestler's individual place finish (1st thru 8th place). The Open Division (post high school wrestlers) would continue to be a separate competition and thus the Open Division Wrestlers could not be used as point getters. We would inform each Team entering the level they would be at, based upon their size and where they draw their kids from. Coaches would set up an account and be given a club code. They can then either enter all their wrestlers themselves, or allow the indivduals to enter on their one. Entering their club code would then attach them to a specific roster. The Coach could then go in, at any time, to monitor the status of his team roster and designate his point getters. The entry fee would remain the same as it has for the past several years ($70, which incldes event insurance, for the first wrestler and $50 for each sibling.) Coaches that enter their own rosters (meaning that that the individuals don't sign up on their own) would also receive one free entry, for each 10 they pay for. They would also be allowed to change entries, at no additional charge, up until the time we shut off registration. At the end of the Tournament, Team Awards would be given in each Division to at least the top 3 (possibly 4) teams in each Division. The Team Awards were are working on will be dependent upon the Division the team is entered in, as some awards fit better with certain Divisions. The top placing team, in each Division would then have their pick of the awards allocated to their class designation. The awards we are currently working on would be MAJOR awards and include: Brand new 40x40 wrestling mat (school division only) Custom Singlets or Fight Shorts for the Team (equal to the number of point getters) Custom sweat shirts (equal to the number of point getters) Free wrestling clinic (we would fly a special guest clinician in for the team/club). Clinicians would include NCAA champions/placers, Olympic wrestlers, etc... Free Flo Pro for a year (to all team point getters) Brand new scoreboard or digital scale Defense Soap for the team for a season Free throw dummy Free Technique videos Possible free gift for all the Head Coaches entering a team. You can see where we are going with this idea and believe this would encourage coaches/teams to enter more individuals and try to get their best quality wrestlers as point getters. So far, we have talked to number of coaches about this idea so far and all seem extremely interested in entering their squad and we do expect to fill all of the team spots we have available. Judging by this initial interest, we are setting some initial limits on teams that will be accepted into each Division, along with what the initial deposit will be, for them to hold their spot. This deposit would be applied to their final team cost (or refunded if they have the individual team members pay separately), but would be forfeited if they choose to later drop out. Small School Team - 60 Teams - $100 deposit- 480 wrestlers Large School Team - 50 Teams - $150 deposit - 750-800 wrestlers Small Club Team - 35 Club Teams - $200 deposit - 770-840 wrestlers Large Club Team - 30 Club Teams - $250 deposit - 900-990 wrestlers Individual Spots (for those not affiliated with a team) - 500 wrestlers *Teams that wish to bring more than their limit may do so, but additional entry fee charges would apply. Registration for the 2016 Ohio TofC is scheduled to open on December 1, but teams may begin requesting a spot starting June 1, 2015. Deposits, to secure their spot, would not need to be sent until December 1, 2015. For additional information, contact Tournament Chairman Bart Freidenberg at bdbop@aol.com or 614-507-1653.
  10. OHIO TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS - NOW IN OUR 24TH YEAR “America’s Only National Modified Wrestling Championships” “The Largest One Day Wrestling Tournament In The World” NOW: America’s Largest National Individual & Team & Club Championships MAJOR CHANGES PLANNED FOR 2016 For the most part, things will remain the same for 2016. The MAJOR changes will come in regards to the qualification and our adding more of an emphasis on the Team Competition. EVENT DATE: The 2016 OHIO TOFC will be held on April 23. BRIEF SYNSOPSIS OF PROPOSED CHANGES Over the years, we have been very fortunate to have had some great events to partner up with as Qualifying Events. However, it is always an issue each year, to get the updated information on each event and get them their Qualifying Cards on time. Many event directors also change and we often do not get notice of the new contact info and continuously have to check various website to find this information. Also, the entire landscape of Wrestling has change since we started the TofC, back in 1993. At that time, we were one of three major events (Tulsa, AAU Folkstyle Nationals and Ohio TofC). Now there are at least 50 so-called National events out there - many of which are nothing more than a large local event. Add to this all the Dual Meet Events and you see how things have drastically changed. With that in mind, we sought to come up with an idea that would be unique amongst all the other National events and think we have stumbled on such an idea, beginning with our 2016 event. Here are the basic guidelines as to what we are currently working on: ***TofC will continue to be a one day event. We will also continue the staggering of the weight classes during the day. ***TofC will remain an individual event. However, there will be a greater emphasis placed on the Team Competition aspect (see below for more details). While entering as a team may allow some wrestlers to bypass other means of qualification, those entering as individuals will still need to meet some level of qualification. For this reason, the various qualifying events and exemptions will continue, though qualifying forms may not be passed out. ***Along with the major team awards we are working on, individual awards will still be given out to the top 8 (top 6 in the Open Division) place finishers in each weight class. ***We are working with Flo Wrestling on going paperless for 2016. However, in order to do this, a special program will need to be developed, for the way we run our Tournament. ***We will still provide for mats for those wrestlers who go two and out, so that they can receive some additional matches, if they so choose. TEAM COMPETITION The main aspect moving ahead is the emphasis on the Team Competition and here is the basics of what we are working to develop. There will be four levels of teams: 1. Small School Team - all participants must be from that school district 2. Large School Team - all participants must be from that school district 3. Small Club Team - all participants must all be an active member of that particular club, or from a localized area 4. Large Club Team - all participants must be an active member of that particular club, or from a designated area. This Division would include State Teams from those states who are deemed to be of sufficient distance, in order to warrant their inclusion in this category. Unlike a Dual Meet Event, where you have a limited number of weight classes you have to fill, coaches now have 90 various age/weight classes to select their point getters from and can even choose multiple point getters in the same weight class, if need be. Basically, each different level of Club/Team will be allocated X number of spots for point getters. They can enter additional wrestlers, but the Coach would have to designate their point getters. Small School Team-up to 8 point getters Large School Team- up to 15 point getters Small Club Team- up to 22 point getters Large Club Team- up to 30 point getters Points would be earned based on each wrestler's individual place finish (1st thru 8th place). The Open Division (post high school wrestlers) would continue to be a separate competition and thus the Open Division Wrestlers could not be used as point getters. We would inform each Team entering the level they would be at, based upon their size and where they draw their kids from. Coaches would set up an account and be given a club code. They can then either enter all their wrestlers themselves, or allow the indivduals to enter on their one. Entering their club code would then attach them to a specific roster. The Coach could then go in, at any time, to monitor the status of his team roster and designate his point getters. The entry fee would remain the same as it has for the past several years ($70, which incldes event insurance, for the first wrestler and $50 for each sibling.) Coaches that enter their own rosters (meaning that that the individuals don't sign up on their own) would also receive one free entry, for each 10 they pay for. They would also be allowed to change entries, at no additional charge, up until the time we shut off registration. At the end of the Tournament, Team Awards would be given in each Division to at least the top 3 (possibly 4) teams in each Division. The Team Awards were are working on will be dependent upon the Division the team is entered in, as some awards fit better with certain Divisions. The top placing team, in each Division would then have their pick of the awards allocated to their class designation. The awards we are currently working on would be MAJOR awards and include: Brand new 40x40 wrestling mat (school division only) Custom Singlets or Fight Shorts for the Team (equal to the number of point getters) Custom sweat shirts (equal to the number of point getters) Free wrestling clinic (we would fly a special guest clinician in for the team/club). Clinicians would include NCAA champions/placers, Olympic wrestlers, etc... Free Flo Pro for a year (to all team point getters) Brand new scoreboard or digital scale Defense Soap for the team for a season Free throw dummy Free Technique videos Possible free gift for all the Head Coaches entering a team. You can see where we are going with this idea and believe this would encourage coaches/teams to enter more individuals and try to get their best quality wrestlers as point getters. So far, we have talked to number of coaches about this idea so far and all seem extremely interested in entering their squad and we do expect to fill all of the team spots we have available. Judging by this initial interest, we are setting some initial limits on teams that will be accepted into each Division, along with what the initial deposit will be, for them to hold their spot. This deposit would be applied to their final team cost (or refunded if they have the individual team members pay separately), but would be forfeited if they choose to later drop out. Small School Team - 60 Teams - $100 deposit- 480 wrestlers Large School Team - 50 Teams - $150 deposit - 750-800 wrestlers Small Club Team - 35 Club Teams - $200 deposit - 770-840 wrestlers Large Club Team - 30 Club Teams - $250 deposit - 900-990 wrestlers Individual Spots (for those not affiliated with a team) - 500 wrestlers *Teams that wish to bring more than their limit may do so, but additional entry fee charges would apply. Registration for the 2016 Ohio TofC is scheduled to open on December 1, but teams may begin requesting a spot starting June 1, 2015. Deposits, to secure their spot, would not need to be sent until December 1, 2015. For additional information, contact Tournament Chairman Bart Freidenberg at bdbop@aol.com or 614-507-1653.
  11. 2015 OHIO TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS INFO For additional information, contact: Bart Freidenberg at bdbop@aol.com March 24, 2015 Wrestlers from 23 states and Canada are already entered, as registration continues thru April 12, (April 13 for extended registration), for the 23rd Ohio Tournament of Champions, to be held at the Columbus Convention Center, in downtown Columbus, OH. Recently named one of the Top 4 youth wrestling tournaments to win in the United States, this year's TofC will take place on April 18, and returns to its normal location of Hall C/D. The Ohio TofC consistently draws between 2500-3000 wrestlers per year and boasts a number of outstanding former participants. In fact, 27 of this year's NCAA All-Americans are former TofC place-winners (see list below). 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: *All High School Wrestlers *All Open Division Wrestlers *Any wrestler that has accumulated 10+ wins this season (includes pre/post season matches - but does not include rookie events) *Placing top 8 at the 2013 or 2014 Ohio Tournament of Champions The following exemptions apply to the past two seasons: *Placing Top 6 at any National Level Event *All OAC, OHWAY and Ohio Youth State Qualifiers *All PJW State (and Area) Qualifiers *All NJ Kids, MYWAY, NYWAY, New York Kids, MDWAY, MSWA, IKWF State Qualifers (or any other State Level Competition where a wrestler needs to qualify to participate) *Top 6 at West Virginia Kids State The following apply to the current season only: *Top 4 at all other State, League Championships *Top 3 (some events top 4) at any Ohio TofC Qualifying Event *Champion of any non TofC Qualifier (does not apply to rookie division) For additional tournament information, such as ages/weights, time schedule, hotel info, click on Tournament Information, on the main page. The Open Division, which was added in 2009, is 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. 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, the Ohio TOfC is proud to announce their first Special Guest for 2015: Logan Stieber, 4X NCAA Champion, from The Ohio State University. Stieber, who is a 6X Ohio TofC Champion, will be on hand to sign autographs at the event. The following is a list of 2015 NCAA All-Americans, who were past Ohio TofC placers. 4X NCAA CHAMPION - LOGAN STIEBER (OHIO STATE, 141 POUNDS) 1999-3rd, 2000-1st, 2001-1st, 2002-1st, 2003-1st, 2004-1st, 2005-1st ANTHONY ASHNAULT (141-8th-Rutgers): 2002-2nd, 2003-1st, 2007-1st NATE BROWN (184-2nd-Lehigh): 2007-4th MASON BECKMAN (133-6th-Lehigh): 2002-7th CORY BREWER (133-1st-Oklahoma): 2002-2nd DEVIN CARTER (141-3rd-Virginia Tech): 2000-2nd, 2004-1st, 2005-3rd, 2006-3rd JORDAN CONAWAY (125-8th-Penn St.): 2005-6th, 2006-4th, 2007-2nd, 2008-1st, 2009-3rd KENNY COURTS (184-5th-Ohio State): 2000-1st, 2002-1st, 2003-1st, 2004-1st, 2006-1st GABE DEAN (184-1st-Cornell): 2008-1st ZACH EPPERLY (174-7th-Virginia Tech): 2002-3rd, 2004-5th, 2007-7th, 2008-1st JAMES GREEN (157-3rd-Nebraska): 2003-2nd JIMMY GULIBON (133-5th-Penn State): 2006-1st, 2007-3rd, 2008-1st DAVID HABAT (149-2nd-Edinboro): 2001-4th, 2003-1st DEAN HEIL (141-4th-Oklahoma State): 2004-1st, 2005-1st, 2006-1st, 2007-1st BO JORDAN (165-3rd-Ohio State): 2004-3rd ISAAC JORDAN (165-7th-Wisconsin): 2001-5th, 2003-2nd, 2004-2nd, 2005-1st MICHAEL MC MULLEN (285-3rd-Northwestern): 2001-4th IAN MILLER (157-5th-Kent State): 2004-2nd ZEKE MOISEY (125-2nd-West Virginia): 2009-1st, 2010-1st, 2014-1 JACKSON MORSE (165-4th-Illinois): 2004-1st, 2005-2nd, 2006-2nd MITCHELL PORT (141-2nd-Edinboro): 2007-2nd AJ SCHOPP (133-8th-Edinboro): 1999-4th, 2001-3rd, 2004-6th, 2007-3rd, 2008-1st RYAN TAYLOR (133-7th-Wisconsin): 2003-7th, 2004-4th BOBBY TELFORD (285-5th-Iowa): 2003-3rd NATHAN TOMASELLO (125-1st-Ohio State): 2006-7th, 2007-4th, 2008-1st JASON TSIRTSIS (149-3rd-Northwestern): 2005-2nd, 2007-1st TAYLOR WALSH (165-2nd-Indiana): 2004-7th, 2005-2nd, 2008-3rd SPECIAL MENTION KYLE DAKE (4X NCAA Champion-Cornell): 2002-4th, 2003-4th, 2004-6th, 2005-1st DAVID TAYLOR (2X NCAA Champion-Penn State): 2003-1st, 2004-1st
  12. 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."
  13. 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."
  14. 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
  15. 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.
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