Morning Huddle: From Oak Harbor to the wrestling World Championships


JJ’s Morning Huddle: A daily dose of News, Notes & Nuggets from around the state

Wrestler and Oak Harbor native J.D. Bergman earns a ticket to Moscow; Clear Fork baseball coach Jeremy Riddle throws pitch of a lifetime and more.

From Oak Harbor to wrestling World Championships: Oak Harbor native (and former Ohio State wrestler) J.D. Bergman dominated the freestyle wrestling championship at the U.S. World Team Trials this weekend in Council Bluffs, Iowa. That earned him a ticket to Moscow where he’ll represent the United States at the World Championships.

Wrestling vs. football: Centerville’s Nick Miller says farewell to football after Friday’s Miami Valley Football Coaches Association All-Star football game. A Division I state wrestling champion at 189 pounds, Miller had to make a tough choice: pursue college football or college wrestling? “Football and wrestling consumed my life. They’re the two sports I loved the most. I chose wrestling because I loved it more.”

Once-in-a-lifetime pitch: Clear Fork baseball coach Jeremy Riddle took the mound at the Cleveland Indians’ game this weekend. He did a couple look backs at second base, then delivered a fastball down the middle as he threw out the first pitch in a Major League Baseball game.I think he was nervous about it; he was kind of shaking a little bit,” says one of his outfielders, Brendan Liberti. The team then got to watch the Indians get smoked by pitching phemon Stephen Strasburg.

From Oregon to Ohio: The Massillon Tigers football team is without clear-cut winner at quarterback, but the transfer of one Kyle Kempt – a 6-foot-5, 200-pounder from Oregon – might change that. Holding an offer from Stanford, Kempt’s brother is the starting QB at Montana State. His pedigree is good, and you can expect the move to breed a whole lot of competition for the starting spot at Massillon this fall.

Track and Field Cam: With a lens on the state’s leading football prospects, the good folks at Bucknuts have released stacks of pics from the State Track and Field Championships. See Michael Bennett toss a discus and Doran Grant glide over a hurdle.

DePriest not making DeCision soon: With more than 30 scholarship offers, Springfield Linebacker Trey DePriest could play football just about anywhere he chooses. He’s not any closer to a decision despite constant calls and wheedling: “Its gets old, man, but this is what I always wanted. … As of right now, I don’t feel like I’m ready to commit yet.”

Rugby champs: Moeller High School’s rugby program’s only two years old, but apparently that’s all they need to capture the state championships. The team won the Ohio High School rugby championship in Columbus last weekend 17-0. “Several hundred people” made the drive to Columbus. Now, if they only had Rugby Nationals!

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