Rick DiBernardo (’80) – Wrestling
In his senior year at Columbus, Rick DiBernardo was selected first-team all-county in football and wrestling.
He is inducted to the Hall of Fame as a wrestler, but Rick was a three-year starter at linebacker and was one of the anchors on the famed 1979 “goose egg” defense that allowed just 39 points in 10 games. That team won 8 games which at the time was a school record.
As good as he was in football, Rick was even better in wrestling. Truly, he was the first great wrestler from Columbus and it is appropriate that he is the first wrestler to enter the hall of fame.
In his senior year, wrestling at 185 pounds, Rick amassed a 38-2 record, all while wrestling with a separated shoulder. His only two losses that year were to the same wrestler from McArthur high school. In fact, in the state championship Rick lost to the McArthur wrestler by 1 point in overtime on an escape with 10 seconds left.
Rick was awarded a wrestling scholarship to Ball State University where he wrestled for one year before entering the military.
Today, he is a construction manager and the proud father of two children, including a son, Nicholas, who graduated from Columbus in 2008.