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Renowned cellist violinist take the stag…

31-01-2015 Hits:71 Entertainment  - avatar Jasmine Cupp

Renowned cellist violinist take the stage with Firelands Symphony Orchestra 

On Feb. 21, the Firelands Symphony joins the ranks of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the National Symphony, orchestras from San Francisco to Boston and across Europe in welcoming renowned cellist...

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Olympic hopeful J.D. Bergman to speak at…

30-01-2015 Hits:177 Sports  - avatar Yaneek Smith

Olympic hopeful J.D. Bergman to speak at OHHS on Feb. 7

Photo courtesy of facebook.com/jdbergmanusa. Twenty years of training and just under 20 months remaining.  That is the mindset Oak Harbor native J.D. Bergman is carrying with him as he continues his journey...

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Local students honored for their heroic …

29-01-2015 Hits:299 Around Ottawa County  - avatar Jasmine Cupp

Local students honored for their heroic efforts

Front row: Kathy Wright. Back row (L to R): Brendan Zeitzheim, Matthew Paeth, Darius Daniels, Adrian Hall, Skyler Cook. Kathy Wright, a Port Clinton resident who was lifted out of bed...

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Oak Harbor graduate’s road to Rio

Photo courtesy of facebook.com/jdbergmanusa

Since graduating from Oak Harbor High School in 2003, J.D. Bergman has been pursuing his dream to be an Olympic champion and the best wrestler in the world. The road has been rigorous but he has seen some great success, including 10 national titles. Of recent, he beat a couple of Russians and brought the gold back from Rio a few weeks ago. (The plan is to make that a habit.)

Bergman is headed to Colorado in January, Cuba in February, and Belarus in March to start his winter tours where he is excited to compete!

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Miller earns All-American status at Nationals

Photo by David Dermer courtesy of Kent State University

Just two weeks after winning a league title, Kent State sophomore Ian Miller accomplished another impressive feat by finishing fourth at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships last weekend in Oklahoma City.

Competing at 157 pounds, Miller, an Oak Harbor native, won his first three matches before falling to Minnesota’s Dylan Ness, the eventual second-place finisher, in the semifinals. After moving to the consolation bracket, Miller defeated Iowa’s Derek St. John in convincing fashion, 14-9, before falling to the top seed, James Green of Nebraska.

The highlight came when Miller defeated St. John, who was a national champion last year. The victory made Miller only the second Golden Flashes’ wrestler to finish in the top-four at NCAAs since 1985.

As a team, Kent State finished tied for 29th with 13.5 points. Penn State, where east side Toledo native Shawn Contos works as the team’s strength and conditioning Coach, won its fourth consecutive title under Cael Sanderson. The Nittany Lions finished just ahead of Minnesota (104), followed by Oklahoma State (96.5), Iowa (78.5), Edinboro (62) and Ohio State (57). 

While in high school, Miller won a state championship at Oak Harbor at 145 pounds four years ago and finished second (2011) and third (2009), leaving his mark as one of the school’s best wrestlers. Just two weeks ago, Miller won the Mid-American Conference title in rather swift fashion. He defeated Central Michigan’s Luke Smith in the finals, 9-4; Old Dominion’s Tristan Warner, 8-2, in the semifinals; and pinned Buffalo’s Wally Maziarz in 2:09 in the quarterfinals.

For the year, Miller holds an impressive 31-6 record, with four major decisions and 10 pins, the most on the club.

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