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Matt DePolo

APA Position:  Managing owner of American Prestige Athletics LLC.

Experience and Involvement:  Matt began wrestling at an early age and continued under the direction of his father, Jim DePolo, former head wrestling coach at Bellevue Senior HS. During his high school years Matt was a 4-year varsity letter winner and a multiple time NOL, Sectional and District champion. He became an Ohio HS State Wrestling Champion in 1999 and continued his wrestling career at Cleveland State University. At CSU he was team win leader with 28 wins his senior year and  a multiple time Eastern Wrestling League placer.

General Info:  Matt earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Adm from Cleveland State University in 2004 and is employed at Miller Cable Company. He and Melinda have 2 daughters, Madeline and Macy.


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Melinda (Francis) DePolo

APA Position:  Managing owner of American Prestige Athletics LLC. and Instructor for the Pre-school Program.

Experience and Involvement:  Melinda began gymnastics at an early age and later trained at the Fremont YMCA where she was coached by Brian Riffle. When Brian opened American Pride Gymnastics in Sandusky she followed him and competed there until her graduation from Bellevue HS in 1999. She was a Level 10 gymnast and went on to compete gymnastics for four years at Kent State University. Melinda earned a spot on Kent’s All-time Top 10 Gymnasts on Floor after receiving a score of 9.95 for her floor routine in Feb 2003.

General Info:  Melinda has worked a physical therapist at Fisher-Titus Medical Center since Jan 2006. Her love of gymnastics influenced Melinda to continue to be involved with American Prestige and become a co-owner. She and Matt have 2 daughters, Madeline and Macy.