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March 21, 2004

Matthew Hamill/Loveland

From: Cincinnati Enquirer - Cincinnati,OH,USA - Mar 21, 2004

The 1995 Loveland graduate was inducted into the NCAA Division III Wrestling Hall of Fame March 4 in Dubuque, Iowa. The three-time national champion wrestled for Purdue and the Rochester Institute of Technology. Hamill, who is deaf, spent the weekend trying out for the United States Deaf Olympic Team at Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. He is scheduled to compete in the Northeast Regional Freestyle Olympic Team qualifiers April 16-18 in Brockport, N.Y. In 1997, Hamill competed on the U.S. Deaf Olympic Team at the World Games for the Deaf in Copenhagen, Denmark, and became the first U.S. wrestler to win gold medals in freestyle and Greco Roman competition in the games.

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