Bertolino to host clinic Sunday

STEUBENVILLE – David Bertolino will be one of five individuals inducted into the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Hall of Fame Saturday at WesBanco Arena.

The 2003 Buckeye Local High School graduate will be inducted along with Chad Brinker of Martins Ferry, Eddie Drummond and Dan Stephens of Linsly and Kari Hutchins of Wheeling Park.

“I think it’s an honor,” Bertolino said. “At the end of the day, there are going to be a lot of athletes who come through (the Hall of Fame), and my name will be there after I’m gone. It puts a mark in the local history and (I am honored) to be associated with the OVAC and the rich history it has.”

Before moving on to wrestle at Iowa State for Bobby Douglas, Bertolino was 153-23 for the Panthers. He was 44-0 as a senior, winning the Ohio state championship. Bertolino was 46-4 as a junior and took fifth in the state.

Following a bid to make the U.S. Olympic Team, Bertolino retired from competitive wrestling in 2010. He charted a new course in Texas, where he works in technology sales, coaches and trains at school clinics and conducts private lessons.

Bertolino also trains in mixed martial arts and said two of his athletes are part of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, of which there are only 300 members across the globe. He plans to travel to Brazil during the next six weeks as part of a UFC matchup.

He is hosting a clinic at Smitty’s Sportatorium from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in Steubenville. The cost is $20. Information is available by contacting Mike Smith at (740) 278-8015.

“I get to use what I have to coach MMA fighters,” he said, adding that he’s been involved for three years. “I’m glad I’ve found another way to be part of it. I get to create new experiences as a coach. It still defines me as a person and in every part of my life.”