For those of you who do not know Liberty Center Head Wrestling Coach Mitch Aring was involved in a fatal car accident last evening. Mitch was a great teacher and coach. I was lucky enough to have known and coached Mitch for many years. He was truley a good person who has left us far to early. Mitch you will always be with me and my family as you were not only a big brother to my sons but you were like a son to me. Rest in Peace son.
The Cubberly Family
Mitch was set to be board approved on Tuesday night at the Oregon City Schools Board Meeting. He was so excited to be teaching and coaching at Clay HS that was all we talked about after he accepted the positions. On the other hand it was also a very tough desicion he had to make to leave all the friendships he had developed while at Liberty Center. This is just a tradegy nothing more can describe it. Thanks for all the support from the local coaches. It means a lot to the family.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. When coach Cubb called me on this I was very shaken and had to leave work early. I too was excited that Mitch was going to join our staff. Mitch was a great wrestler a great coach and a great person. We will all miss him. Rest in peace Mitch.
Mitch was one of the nicest people I have known - a GREAT person! Mitch was a great teammate to me at UF and an outstanding coach at LC. His parents are also extremely wonderful people and my heart goes out to them and all of his family. He will be missed! A very sad day.
I didn't say this before - but my thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. It's difficult when a life is lost tragically and much too soon - but it is even more difficult for those closest to him to have to endure the pain of that loss. I can't imagine how difficult it will be for the Clay coaches and especially Coach Cubberly and his sons who were undoubtedly very close friends with him.
Time heals all wounds - but the memories will never fade.
I've been in a daze for the past 24 hours since hearing about this. I just spoke with Mitch's parents last sunday about those tough decisions he had made (taking position at clay), but also his excitement for the new opportunity. Mitch was one of the most genuine guys I ever met. He was a great friend, coach, person, and competitor. My heart goes out to his wonderful family, the Cubberly family, the Eastwood & LC community, and to everyone who's life Mitch touched. I know there are many! Words can't express how sorry I am and how deeply he will be missed!
Perrysburg Wrestling Family
Thoughts and prayers to the Aring family and people from LC. Although my sons wrestled for another team Mitch always treated them great and always had some good comments and or things of encouragement to say to them after their match.
I did not know Mitch long but my head has been in a spin since I received a phone call last night telling about his death. I just spoke to Mitch a week ago at the wrestling camp at Clay. Thoughts at prayers to his family from myself and the Gibsonburg wrestling community.
Mitch was a great guy who brought a lot of class to LC and would have done the same for Clay. Even with him not being part of the league next year, I looked forward to seeing him coaching in green. You'll be missed buddy.
I ran many tournaments that Mitch and Liberty Center were involved in. I will never forget the Sally George Tournament this past season, when he ran up to me to see what the team scores were. We figured out that if his heavyweight pinned in the finals, Liberty Center would win the team championship by 1/2 point. They ended up winning the tournament by 1/2 point and you could see the excitement and genuine caring for his wrestlers.