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Cadet Wrestling Nationals ...

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The top seven place winners in the University Nationals in both men’s styles in the seven Olympic weight classes qualify to participate in the University World Team Trials in Colorado Springs , Colorado , May 28-29. The finalists in the women’s division qualify for the U.S. Senior Team Trials in Council Bluffs , Iowa scheduled for June 11-12. The top three place winners at the FILA Cadet Nationals qualify for their state’s Cadet Nationals team above the state limit and will adhere to all state policies.


In certain weight classes, the FILA Cadet National Championships is also a U.S. qualifying event for men’s freestyle and Greco-Roman for the Youth Olympic Games. The Youth Olympic Games is a brand new event hosted by the International Olympic Committee. It will be held in Singapore from August 14-26, and will bring together 3,600 young athletes to compete for medals in 26 sports. Athletes from all 205 nations who compete in the Olympics are eligible to try out for the Youth Olympic Games. Competing in the FILA Cadet Nationals is the first step in making the U.S. team for the Youth Olympic Games. The champions must also compete in a Pan American Qualifier in Mexico to qualify for Singapore 



To attend the ASICS University & FILA Cadet Nationals, tickets can be purchased at the door and start at just $5. For more information, please visit www.themat.com. If you are a member of the media and would like to cover the event, please contact Jenny Popis at 216-570-3232 or jpopis@clevelandsports.org.



2010 ASICS University & FILA Cadet Nationals and Youth Olympic Games Qualifier Schedule:


Thursday, April 8th:

6:00PM – 8:00PM:  University GR & FILA Cadet GR Registration

8:00PM – 8:30PM:  University GR & FILA Cadet GR Medical Check/Weigh-ins


Friday, April 9th:
9:00AM – 1:30PM:  University GR & FILA Cadet GR Preliminaries

3:00PM – Conclusion:  University GR & FILA Cadet GR Preliminaries through Finals

6:00PM – 8:00PM:  University (Men) FS & FILA Cadet FS Registration

8:00PM – 8:30PM:  University (Men) FS & FILA Cadet FS Medical Check/Weigh-ins 


Saturday, April 10th:

9:00AM – 1:30PM:  University (Men) FS & FILA Cadet FS Preliminaries

3:00PM – 8:30PM:  University (Men) FS & FILA Cadet FS Preliminaries

7:00PM – 8:00PM:  University (Women) FS Registration

8:00PM – 8:30PM:  University (Women) FS Medical Check/Weigh-ins


Sunday, April 11th:

9:00AM – Conclusion:  University (Women) FS Preliminaries through Finals

9:00AM – Conclusion:  University (Men) FS & FILA Cadet FS to Completion



2009 ASICS University & FILA Cadet National Champions:


University Greco-Roman Champions

55 kg - Bernard Futrell of Illini WC; 60 kg - Nikko Triggas of Ohio State; 63 kg - Reece Humphrey of Ohio State; 66 kg - Ben Sanchez of USOEC; 70 kg - Donnie Vinson of Binghamton/Shamrock; 74 kg - Aaron Briggs of USOEC; 79 kg - Andrew Bisek of USOEC; 84 kg - Chad Hemerson of USOEC; 96 kg - Robert Smith of USOEC; 120 kg - Peter Kowalczuk of USOEC


University Men's Freestyle Champions

55 kg - Zach Sanders of Minnesota Storm; 60 kg- Jordan Oliver of Gator Wrestling Club; 63 kg - Reece Humphrey of Ohio State; 66 kg - Mario Mason of Minnesota Storm; 70 kg - Brett Robbins of Panther WC; 74 kg - Lloyd Rogers, unattached; 79 kg - Mike Benefiel of unattached; 84 kg - Mack Lewnes of Cornell; 96 kg - Clayton Foster of Gator WC; 120 kg - Zack Rey of Lehigh Valley AC


University Women's Freestyle Champions

48 kg - Nicole Woody of OCU STARS; 51 kg - Gabrielle Henry of Univ. of Cumberlands; 55 kg - Michaela Hutchison of OCU STARS; 59 kg - Schuyler Brown of USOEC; 63 kg - Melissa Apodaca of USOEC; 67 kg - Lauren Knight of Univ. of Cumberlands; 72 kg - Kendra Lewis of Univ. of Cumberlands; 77 kg - Emma Randall of Lock Haven


FILA Cadet Greco-Roman Champions

42 kg - Max Rogers of New Jersey; 46 kg - Christopher Bostic of Arizona; 50 kg - Brandon Jeske of Virginia; 54 kg - Jesse Thielke of Wisconsin; 58 kg - Tyler Liberatore of Florida; 63 kg - Matthew Nereim of Florida; 69 kg - Sam Brooks of Illinois; 76 kg - Jahwon Akui of Illinois; 85 kg - Ben Brooks of Illinois; 100 kg - John Acors of New York; 125 kg - Donovan Green of Florida


FILA Cadet Freestyle Champions

42 kg - Brad Perkins of Missouri; 46 kg - Freddie Rodriguez of Michigan; 50 kg - Joey Dance of Virginia; 54 kg - Nico Megaludis of Pennsylvania; 58 kg - Jason Tsirtsis of Indiana; 63 kg - Dylan Ness of Minnesota; 69 kg - Taylor Massa of Michigan; 76 kg - Jahwon Akui of Illinois; 85 kg  - Kyven Gadson of Iowa; 100 kg - Matthew Loew of New York; 125 kg - Donovan Green of Florida


To learn more about the 2010 ASICS University & FILA Cadet National Wrestling Championships, please visit www.themat.com or www.clevelandsports.org.

Oberlin baseball ...

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Junior Max Phinney also stayed dialed in at the plate as he went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI’s, two runs scored and his third home run of the season. 

The Big Red (14-11) grabbed an early 2-0 lead in the second inning, but the Yeomen finally broke through to tie the game in the top of the fifth on run-producing hits by Matt Fish and James. 

Unfortunately, Denison would answer right back in the bottom of the frame by posting a four spot, using four hits and two Oberlin errors to build a 6-2 lead. 

The Yeomen would get half of those runs back in the sixth on Phinney’s round tripper and would add another tally in the seventh on an RBI double by Brandon Cantrill.

Rookie Eric Knight got the start on the mound and worked four plus innings, allowing three hits, three runs and three walks before being lifted for Cantrill. He tossed three innings and gave up three runs on five hits. 

However, it was Phil Brua (5-1) who was dealt his first loss of the season as he worked the final 1.2 innings. 

Case Reserve/B-W baseball ...

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The Spartans came back with a four-run third inning highlighted by a three-run homerun from Chad Mullins and added a single score in the fourth to lead 7-3. B-W scored three in its half of the fourth on a two-run triple from sophomore shortstop Anthony Longhitano (Cuyahoga Falls) and a sacrifice fly from Neuschaefer.

Case once again answered with two more in the fifth before B-W scored one in the bottom of the frame on a two-out single by senior rightfielder Ted Cowling (Streetsboro). The Jackets then moved ahead in the sixth after Neuschaefer scored on a wild pitch and Martin singled home two to make the score 10-9.

The Spartans regained the lead, at 12-10, with three in the top of the eighth but the Jackets quickly tied the score in the bottom of the inning when Martin tripled home a pair.

In the extra inning, CWRU took advantage of a Yellow Jacket error and scored four times to win the game, 16-12.

At the plate, Martin was 3-for-5 with a career-high six RBI and missed the cycle by only a homerun. Neuschaefer was 1-for-3 with three walks, a stolen base and two runs scored.

On the mound, senior Brian Boveington (Stow/ Stow-Munroe Falls) pitched two innings and suffered his second loss of the season (0-2 overall). CWRU's Devin Fry picked up the win out of the bullpen.

Following Saturday’s DH versus JCU, B-W plays at OAC-rival Mount Union College on Wednesday, April 13 at 1:00 p.m.

CSU Student/Athlete Honors ... 

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The 141 student-athletes were recognized for maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or better through the end of the fall, 2009 semester.  The baseball team led all CSU sports for the third straight year with 17 honorees.  Women's soccer was second with 16, followed by men's soccer (14), volleyball (14), women's swimming (12) and men's swimming (11).

Several additional awards were handed out at the luncheon.

Women's soccer senior Jessica McCloy (Cincinnati, OH/Mother of Mercy) received the 12th annual John McLendon Award, which is given to the student-athlete who best represents the ideals and personal philosophy of McLendon, a former CSU men's basketball coach who is an enshrinee in the Basketball Hall of Fame.  McCloy, who serves as the president of the Student-Athletic Advisory Council, has overcome two major knee operations to be selected as the team captain of the Vikings.

Volleyball All-American Liz Fazio (Akron, OH/Coventry) received the President's Award as the graduating senior student-athlete with the highest grade point average.  Fazio has a 3.85 GPA and will graduate next month with a degrees in biology.

Liz Fazio

The "Best of the Best" Team Award, which is given to the sport having the highest team grade point average in the department, went to women's golf.  One of the top teams in theHorizon League, the golfers had a 3.71 team GPA with all six student-athletes boasting at least a 3.20.

The James LaMastra Award, which is presented to the individual who demonstartes unyielding courage and class in the face of adversity, went to softball senior Lia Gordon.  Finally, the Faculty Atleted Representative Award, which is awarde to the student-athlete who has exhibited the most profound improvement academically from their freshman year to graduation, went to wrestling senior John Wallace.

Thirty-one student-athletes received additional recognition for being a member of the Dean's List during every term they have attended at CSU, including Fazio, who has been on the Dean's List for nine consecutive terms, and Larene Beese (Women's Golf), Katie Broere (Women's Golf), Stephen Grove (Men's Swimming), Kayla Lefeld (Volleyball) and Angel Roque (Womens Basketball), who have each been on the list for seven consecutive terms.
Katie Broere

Renamed in 2006 to honor former CSU Director of Athletics John Konstantinos, the event has been held every year since 1991.  It has burgeoned from a class of 41 honorees that year to a record 141 this year.
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The WAC is committed to send one of its top teams, based on its bowl-eligible teams’ regional drawing strength for fans of the Boise-based game.


“Over the past several years the WAC and MAC have demonstrated a very high level of national success on the football field ” said WAC Commissioner Karl Benson. “Last season the two conferences were awarded nine bowl berths. We look forward to carrying that success over into Roady’s Humanitiarian Bowl.”


 “We are so excited to have this agreement with the MAC and the WAC. These two conferences are known for playing a brand of explosive offensive football and a great tradition of winning teams that are really a lot of fun to watch,” said Kevin McDonald, Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl executive director.  “Last year’s match-up delivered one of the most exciting bowl games of the year. We believe the game will always have that kind of drama and excitement for our fans.”

Western Athletic Conference logo


Last year’s Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl, which featured Bowling Green State University from the MAC and the University of Idaho from the WAC, equaled the game’s all-time highest television rating on ESPN. The game received a Nielsen household rating of 2.4, representing over three million total viewers, tying the record for the highest rating ever which was the 2008 Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl, matching Maryland and Nevada.


“We are very happy to have in place this tremendous relationship with a long-established and very successful bowl game,” said MAC Commissioner Dr. Jon A. Steinbrecher. “Based on last year’s match-up between the two conferences, I believe fans of the Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl game can look forward to exhilarating and competitive contests in the future.”


The Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl is the only bowl game in the United States that has humanity in its brand. The Bowl recognizes the positive impact teams, coaches and student-athletes have in their communities and their leadership roles in promoting humanitarian efforts.




Founded in 1946, the Mid-American Conference is an NCAA Division I, 12-member conference that sponsors 23 championships and is one of 11 members of the Football Bowl Subdivison (FBS). With total enrollment of nearly 300,000 students, the league represents institutions of higher learning in six (6) states – Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New York, and Ohio. In addition a 13th school – Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa. -- is an affiliate member for football only.

Current MAC schools that hold full membership and the year they joined are -- East Division: University of Akron (1992), Bowling Green State University (1952), University at Buffalo (1998), Kent State University (1951), Miami University (1947), Ohio University (1946). West Division: Ball State University (1973), Central Michigan University(1971), Eastern Michigan University (1971), Northern Illinois University (1975-86, rejoined in 1997), University of Toledo (1950), Western Michigan University (1947). Temple University (2007) competes in the East Division in football only. The conference office is based in Cleveland, Ohio.



The Western Athletic Conference was formed on July 27, 1962, making it the sixth oldest of the 11 college athletic conferences currently participating in the NCAA's Division IFootball Bowl Subdivision. The WAC members include Boise State University, Fresno State University, University of Hawaii, University of Idaho, Louisiana Tech University, University of Nevada, New Mexico State UniversitySan Jose State University, and Utah State University.