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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 1:00 am


Ester, 45, was fixture for Snider wrestling

Staff, news services

Mike Ester, 45, a former Snider wrestling head coach and current Panthers assistant coach, died this week.

Ester, who was also a special education teacher for Fort Wayne Community Schools, had been the first coach of the wrestling program at Indiana Tech, leading the Warriors from the inception of the program in 2010 and their first competitive season in 2011 through 2015.

Before that, he coached Snider from the 1997-98 season through 2005-06, leading the Panthers to seven sectional titles, eight SAC titles, a regional title and a second-place finish at the state meet in 2001.

Ester wrestled at Snider as a student, twice qualifying for the state meet and finishing third as a senior in 1992. He wrestled at Manchester from 1992 through 1996, becoming an NCAA qualifier during his senior season.

In a statement, Indiana Tech said: “The Indiana Tech Department of Athletics is saddened by the sudden passing of former men's wrestling coach Mike Ester. Mike was a valued member of the Warrior community during his tenure at Indiana Tech and we extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends.”

Auto racing

Team: Accident not Sato's fault

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing did an internal review of the opening-lap crash at Pocono Raceway and absolved driver Takuma Sato of causing the accident. The team took the rare step of publicly defending Sato, who has been widely blamed for triggering a five-car accident that altered the championship race, because its review of the onboard data and camera showed he was not at fault for triggering the five-car accident. Sato was racing three-wide with Ryan Hunter-Reay and Alexander Rossi when they crashed headed into the second turn. Rossi is second in the championship standings, but now trails leader Josef Newgarden by 35 points with three races remaining.


Ex-Luers star staying in Greece

Former Bishop Luers and Ohio State player DeShaun Thomas has signed on with Panathinaikos OPAP Athens for two more seasons, the club announced last month. Thomas averaged 10.5 points and 3.8 rebounds for the Greens in 31 Turkish Airlines Euroleague games to help the team reach the playoffs.

Fever loses

Tina Charles had 23 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks to help the New York Liberty beat the Indiana Fever 82-76 in Indianapolis. Charles moved into sixth on the WNBA's career list for field goals made and 15th for blocks. Rookie Teaira McCowan scored a season-high 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Indiana (9-18).


Boilers lose top running back

Purdue running back Tario Fuller, who was projected to be a starter this season, is out indefinitely after suffering an injury to his jaw in the Boilermakers' scrimmage Saturday. Coach Jeff Brohm announced that Fuller, a fifth-year senior, had surgery to repair two fractures in the jaw. There is no timetable for his return. In Fuller's absence, Sophomore Zander Horvath will likely be the team's starting running back.

Clemson tops All-America nods

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and two of his teammates from the top-ranked Tigers headline The Associated Press preseason All-America team presented by Regions Bank. Lawrence, the first freshman to quarterback a team to a national championship in more than 30 years, was joined on the first-team offense by Clemson running back Travis Etienne. Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons was a first-team selection on defense. The Tigers and No. 2 Alabama tied for the most first-team selections with three. Wide receiver Jerry Jeudy, an All-American last season, was selected to the preseason first team, along with defensive lineman Raekwon Davis and linebacker Dylan Moses. Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, the Heisman Trophy runner-up, was selected to the second team.


US teen out of Open after death

American teenager Amanda Anisimova withdrew from the U.S. Open because of the recent death of her father and coach, Konstantin. Main-draw play in the last Grand Slam event begins Monday.