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Former Good Counsel wrestler looks forward to Iranian competition

Former Good Counsel wrestler Kyle Snyder will be allowed to compete at the 2017 Freestyle World Cup.
Snyder, who last year became the sport’s youngest Olympic gold medalist in history, was granted a visa along with the other members of the U.S. wrestling team.

President Donald J. Trump had initially issued an executive order on immigration that would have prevented Snyder and his teammates from competing overseas in Iran, but the team will be granted visas to compete in the event that is scheduled for Feb. 16 and 17.
“I am happy and relieved that USA wrestling is going to have an opportunity to compete against the best countries in the world in Iran,” said Snyder. “We believe we have a very strong team this year, and we are hoping to represent the United States to the best of our abilities.”
During his high school career at Good Counsel, Snyder compiled a perfect 179-0 record en route to capturing three Prep National Championships for the Olney private school.
The Maryland native left Good Counsel to spend his senior campaign training at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado. Snyder also captured an NCAA Division I National Championship wrestling for Ohio State University last year.
“In my career, I have only had positive interactions with Iranian competitions and coaches. They have always been respectful and kind,” added Snyder. “I am excited to compete in front of one of the biggest wrestling crowds in the world.”

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Former Newport School basketball star DerMarr Johnson has landed back at his college alma mater.
Johnson, a former University of Cincinnati men’s basketball standout, has returned to the program as a student assistant coach.
The former McDonald’s All-American will assist the men’s basketball program while taking classes to complete his degree at Cincinnati.
“He loves basketball,” said Bearcats head coach Mick Cronin. “It’s a chance for him to pursue his degree. Obviously, we’re the beneficiary of it because the kids can be around somebody that played at the highest level and has seen everything.”
The sixth overall pick in the 2000 NBA draft by the Atlanta Hawks, Johnson spent one season at Cincinnati where he earned Conference USA Freshman of the Year honors while averaging 12.6 points and 3.8 rebounds per game during the 1999-2000 campaign.
In addition to the Hawks, Johnson also played with the New York Knicks, Denver Nuggets and the San Antonio Spurs during his NBA career. He also played overseas in various countries including China, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Colombia, Lebanon, the Philippines, Argentina and the Dominican Republic.
“When Mick reached out to me, I didn’t know if I was going to go play (professionally) this year or not,” said Johnson. “It seemed like a good idea. When I came back here for (football) homecoming I felt love from people here who I didn’t think would even remember me because I was here for a short time. But they did and everybody seemed like they were happy to see me. I love how much (Cronin) has grown since he first recruited me. We’re all older and more mature and more experienced now. Mick was always my guy.”

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