Tiffin taps Brian Gelter to compete in wrestling

May 14th, 2010    Author: Richard Crawford    Filed Under: Sports

New Richmond High School senior Brian Gelter has signed a letter-of-intent to attend Tiffin University, Tiffin, Ohio.

He plans to major in education and to become a member of the wrestling team.

“It’s simply awesome. I really liked it when I went to the school to visit,” said Gelter.

It’s a good fit for him,” said Larry Pitzer, Gelter’s step father.

On hand to witness the college letter-of-intent signing of Brian Gelter are, seated left to right, step father Larry Pitzer, mother Susan, and standing, the New Richmond assistant varsity wrestling coach.
"It's a small community. The school has small class sizes and they get to know the professors. I like that a lot about the school," said Gelter's mom, Susan.

Gelter enjoyed a fine athletic career at New Richmond High School. He played football four years earning three varsity letters, wrestling four years, three varsity letters, and one year of track and field and lettered that season.

On the gridiron and wrestling mat he was a Southern Buckeye Conference all-star and was all-city and all-district in wrestling. His 108 career grappling wins ranks him third all-time for the number of Lion varsity victories.

He recalled several highlights of his stellar prep sports career.

"My first varsity football game was my sophomore year against Deer Park. That game began the 37 game streak," said Gelter. "Winning the league and pinning my way through was great. . . playing Logan Elm in the football playoffs. . . winning the sectional championship in wrestling twice as a team."

His extra curricular activities also involved athletics. He was a pee wee football and youth wrestling coach and referee.

"If it wasn't for my mom I wouldn't be where I am now," said a grateful son of the important people in his life. "Coach (Deron) Shinkle (New Richmond head wrestling coach) put up with all my antics. . . Larry Pitzer got me into wrestling. Andrew (Nealan, friend and teammate) made me do my best. . . my teachers helped me to get through high school and to graduate."
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