A Page -- Nov. 7 -- PM Edition

Josh Mandel, the Oberlin College Student/Athlete, and Josh Mandel, the state treasurer in Ohio, might not be related but have a lot of coincidences that go beyond their first and last names

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Although the Josh Mandel who is a Student/Athlete at Oberlin College and the Josh Mandel who is the state treasurer in Ohio are not related to each other, they do have a long string of commonalities that would lead any genealogist to go wild.

The coincidences between Josh Mandel, the Oberlin quarterback, and Josh Mandel, the treasurer/projected senatorial candidate, are amazing.

Firstly, both are/were Student/Athletes during their teenage years. Not only that, both were quarterbacks for their high school football teams.


Josh Mandel (L) and Josh Mandel (R)

On top of that, both Josh Mandels continued their aerial attacks after high school. After serving as quarterback for the Bison at Beachwood High School in the 1990s, Josh Mandel, the probable candidate, went into the U.S. Marines, which in addition to on the ground and at sea, provides defense for American citizens through the air.

Josh Mandel of Oberlin College played quarterback at University School in Fort Lauderdale, Fl. and then after graduating continued his air attack as quarterback for the Yeomen, a role he is still serving in currently.

Josh Mandel, the current Student/Athlete at Oberlin College, attended a high school named US. Josh Mandel, the state treasurer, grew up near a high school by the same name that goes by the same US nickname and he is not only seriously considering running for senator but for the US Senate.

Both Josh Mandels have been quoted in the local media regarding their Student/Athletic careers, but Josh Mandel, the politician, has been quoted in the media regarding politics and one of his best-known quotes makes a Student/Athletic reference.

In an interview at the Republican Jewish Coalition quarterly meeting in Ft. Lauderdale in 2009, Mandel thanked former President George. W.  Bush for his support on Iraq, and would not have "played Monday morning quarterback" on the decisions concerning the war, offering no dissent on the operation.

Josh Mandel of Oberlin was also in Ft. Lauderdale in 2009, and was still an S/A at University School just prior to becoming a freshman college S/A in the fall of ’09 at OC.

Also, after his undergraduate studies at Ohio State, the state treasurer did his law studies at a Division III Cleveland-area college, Case Western Reserve, which along with Oberlin were the flagship colleges in the North Coast Athletic Conference when it was formed in 1983. To this day, Oberlin and Case Reserve maintain great Student/Athletic rivalries.

The part about some genealogist in Salt Lake or somewhere taking the Mandel surname and seeing if they could tie the two Joshes together somehow intrigues the Oberlin quarterback to some degree.

“As far as I know, I'm not related to him,” said Josh Mandel, the quarterback at OC. “I think it would be pretty funny/ironic if I were related to him in some sort of way, being that he was a high school quarterback and we share the same name; however, I am not sure if we are related or not.”

The age difference is not that great with the treasurer being in his early 30s and the S/A in his early 20s so they could not be father-and-son, but they could be uncle-and-nephew or cousins since it is popular particularly in large families to have the same first name floating around the extended family both on an inter-generational level and an intra-generational level.

Politically, it might not on the surface seem like a good fit since Josh Mandel the treasurer is running for the Senate probably on the GOP ticket and Oberlin College has come to be known as the “Berkeley of the Midwest,” but then again not everything at OC comes from the left and not all of Mandel’s campaign supporters come from the right.

OC Head Football Coach Jeff Ramsey, who was a coach/educator in both the UC and Cal State systems in California before coming here, knows full well that current Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown, a liberal, has a good chunk of conservative followers, particularly those who embrace his stands on tradition and education.

Hugh Hewitt

California-based talk show host Hugh Hewitt, a graduate of Warren JFK High School, has been one of Mandel’s biggest encouragers to run for the Senate against Sherrod Brown (incidentally a Lorain County resident in Avon, just up the road from OC). Being Jewish, Mandel certainly will get votes and support from the left as it is the Jewish swing voters (those who straddle the fence between the neocons and traditional social justice trumpeters) have had strong affects on elections all over the US.  

Politics aside, at least the OC QB has a sense of humor about the names coincidence as he does about a famous stand-up comedian sharing the same surname as him.

“Funny thing is, I always tell people that I am related to Howie Mandel,” Josh Mandel the current S/A said. “I might start substituting State Treasurer Josh Mandel for Howie Mandel.”

Comedian Howie Mandel

Spartan Senior Niro Wimalasena Named First-Team Capital One Academic All-District VII

CLEVELAND (University District) – For the second consecutive season, Case Western Reserve University senior defender Niro Wimalasena (Mason, Ohio/Mason) has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District VII Men's Soccer First Team, announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Wimalasena now moves on to the Academic All-America ballot.

A chemical engineering major with a 3.72 grade point average, Wimalasena has started all 18 matches this season for the University Athletic Association Champion Spartans (14-4, 5-2 UAA). Also the team's captain, Wimalasena has helped lead the team to seven shutouts and a 0.98 goals against average. For his career, Wimalasena has started a school-record 74 matches.

The Capital One Academic All-District Teams recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. In order to be eligible for selection, a student-athlete must be a starter or key reserve and maintain at least a 3.30 grade point average.

Sports Information Directors within a district vote for the Academic All-District teams with members of the CoSIDA Academic All-American committee voting on the national ballot. District VII includes every NCAA Division III institution in Ohio, Illinois, and Indiana.

The release of the Capital One Academic All-America teams is schedule for November 28.

Since the program's inception, a total of 71 Case Western Reserve student-athletes have been named Academic All-American. During the past two years, 12 Spartans have received Academic All-America acclaim.

 'Berg Volleyball to Face Geneva (Pa.) College in 2011 NCAA Volleyball

Tournament First Round

TIFFIN, Ohio-The No. 9 (American Volleyball Coaches Association) Heidelberg
University volleyball team will compete in the Grand Rapids, Mich. regional
to open the 2011 NCAA Division III Volleyball Tournament, announced today by
the NCAA.  The Berg (31-6, 9-0 Ohio Athletic Conference) will face Geneva
(Pa.) College (25-8, 17-1 Presidents' Athletic Conference) on Thursday, Nov.
10.  Start time is to be announced.

The winner of that match will face the winner between the Rose-Hulman (Ind.)
Institute of Technology and No. 5 Wittenberg University.

OAC rival Otterbein University, Hope (Mich.) College, St. Norbert (Wisc.)
College and host institution and defending NCAA champion No. 1 Calvin
(Mich.) College are also competing in the Grand Rapids regional.

The Berg, appearing in its fifth straight NCAA tournament, is 2-2 against
the regional field, having defeated Hope (Sept. 17) and Otterbein (Sept. 24)
and lost to Wittenberg (Sept. 10) and Calvin (Sept. 17).

Heidelberg is 3-4 all-time in the NCAA tournament and will be looking to
advance past the second round for the first time in school history.

The quarterfinals, semifinals and finals of the 2011 NCAA Volleyball
Tournament will be hosted by Washington (Mo.) University in St. Louis on
Nov. 18-20.



Solon and Mentor set to battle in rematch from regular-season, league tilt; winner to go to the regional finals

By Jim McQuaide, Jr.

Solon and Mentor will have a rematch Saturday in the second round of the Division I football playoffs on Byers Field.

Mentor won the first meeting between the two schools that both are 10-1 and finished 4-1 divisionally in the Northeast Ohio Conference.

The winner of this game will advance to the Division I, Region 1 final against the winner of the St. Edward vs. St. Ignatius game. Mentor and Solon meet for the 18th time in each school’s football history on Saturday night.


Solon knocked off Willoughby South last week, 37-12. Mentor toppled Cleveland John F. Kennedy in Week 11, 48-16. Week 7 of the 2011 season brought Mentor to Solon for a Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division game and the Cardinals left victorious, 44-20.

Two thousand and eleven marks the third year in the last nine that Solon and Mentor have met in the state playoffs after already playing during the regular season. The teams battled in the post season in 2006 and 2007 with Mentor winning both games.

Last week, the Solon Comets captured their 21st overall playoff win last Saturday night at Willoughby South. Solon put up 37 points on South in a great team-effort win.

Barskdale (L), Hicks (R)

Patrick Kramer, Drew Barksdale, Darian Hicks, CJ Hanna, and Alex Knight each contributed to that 37 mark on the scoreboard. Defensively, Solon only gave up two touchdowns and held the Rebels to 49 yards passing.

Knight (L), Kramer (R)


Friday night, Tallmadge and Aurora will play in a Division II, Region 5 semifinal game at Solon’s Stewart Field. The Tallmadge Blue Devils enter Week 12 with 9-2 record after a win last week over New Philadelphia, 14-7.

Aurora enters with a 10-1 record, having defeated Madison in the first round of the playoffs, 45-20. Aurora’s only loss came in a home game against Chagrin Falls earlier in the year.

The Greenmen have averaged 51.8 points per game in the last five weeks of the season. Tallmadge has won nine straight games and defeated previously unbeaten Division I Wadsworth in Suburban League action.


Just about all the students and Student/Athletes knew it could happen and it’s finally here. Saturday night the Solon Comets and Mentor Cardinals will once again square off in another premier Northeast Ohio football game.

At the first meeting, the teams battled for NOC Valley Division supremacy. This time, both teams are looking to continue on that Road to Canton. In regular season play, the Cardinals snapped

Solon’s 26 game regular season winning streak and they defeated the Comets at home, which had not been done by any team since 2007.

Since the seventh week of the season when these two teams last met, the Comets are undefeated and have posted victories over Twinsburg, Brunswick, Strongsville, and Willoughby South.

Twinsburg tripped up Mentor’s shot at a 10-0 regular season when it defeated the Cardinals in Week 10. No matter how \you look at it or what side you are on, this is a huge game.

“We knew we could be in this position after Mentor came to our place and won during the regular season,” said Solon Head Coach Jim McQuaide, Sr. “The only way we were able to get into this game was by doing what we were supposed to do the last four weeks. Now, we must continue to improve because we are still an extremely long way from Fawcett Stadium.”


Throughout the state in Division I games this week, many teams will face each other for the second time this season. 

In Region 1, St. Edward and St. Ignatius will play. St. Ignatius defeated St. Edward in Week 10, 20-17.

Solon and Mentor are set to square off on Saturday. These two teams saw each other the seventh week of the regular season and Mentor was victorious, 44-20.

Moving south into Region 3, Hilliard Davidson and Upper Arlington will meet this week at St. Francis DeSales High School. These teams met at the Davidson Athletic Complex in Week 9 and Davidson captured their eighth win of the year by defeating the Golden Bears, 25-7.

Also in Region 3, Gahanna Lincoln and Pickerington Central met as Ohio Capital Conference rivals in Week Five as Central picked up a home win over the Lions, 28-7. These teams will meet on Saturday at Ohio Wesleyan’s Selby Field.

In Region 4, the second game of a double header at the University of Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium features St. Xavier against Colerain. The Bombers defeated the Cardinals, 17-14, in the third week of the season at their home stadium. Colerain’s loss to St. Xavier was their first loss at home since the last week of the season in 1999.


2003 - Mentor 45 Solon 7 2004 - Solon 30 Mentor 22

2005 - Solon 34 Mentor 17 2006 - Mentor 17 Solon 15

2006 - Mentor 45 Solon 0 (Playoffs) 2007 - Mentor 27 Solon 0

2007 - Mentor 23 Solon 13 (Playoffs) 2008 - Mentor 26 Solon 24

2009 - Solon 21 Mentor 17 2010 - Solon 31 Mentor 21

2011 - Mentor 44 Solon 20


Two thousand and eleven marks the twelfth appearance in the OHSAA football tournament for the Mentor Cardinals. Mentor owns a 15-11 record in playoff games. Like the Solon Comets, Mentor has never won a state title.

Heidelberg Wrestling Team to Host Olivet (Mich.) in Dual Match Tuesday
TIFFIN, Ohio-The Heidelberg University wrestling team will open its home
schedule and dual match slate Tuesday, Nov. 8 when it hosts Olivet (Mich.)
College in a non-conference dual match at Seiberling Gymnasium in Tiffin,
Ohio at 7 p.m.

The Student Princes are coming off 20th place finishes (among 24 teams) in
both the freshman/sophomore (85 points) and open (13 points) divisions at
the Eastern Michigan Open in Ypsilanti on Saturday.  Sophomore Jeremy Stepp
(Cincinnati/Princeton) posted a fourth-place finish, going 3-2 and tallying
15 points, at 184 pounds to lead the team.

Tomorrow's match is the first of nine dual matches on the 2011-12 slate,
including returning a trip to Olivet to compete at the Olivet Duals on Nov.

Probable Starters
Weight    Olivet            Heidelberg    
125:    Robbie Bidlingmaier        vs.        Delian Schneider
133:    Kam Olsen        vs.        Tom D'Alessandro/Steve
141:    Kenny Richmond        vs.        Chris Osborne
149:    Gage Pederson        vs.        Andrew Johnson/JC Giffin
157:    Steven Mena/Dan Fleet    vs.        Justin Wharton
165:    James Myers        vs.        Dylan Norwood
174:    Trevor Tyler        vs.        Jake Cochran
184:    Josh Crawford        vs.        Jeremy Stepp
197:    Justin Leonard        vs.        Jason Russell
285:    Logan Renas        vs.        Jerry Knapp