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Princeton High fundraiser to honor late wrestler, coach

A decade after a former wrestler and volunteer coach at a suburban Cincinnati high school was murdered, his memory lives on in a fundraiser next month to benefit his alma mater.

The John Harris "No Excuses" Memorial Fundraiser will take place Saturday, Sept. 16 from 6-10 p.m. at the Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road, Sharonville, Ohio, just up the street from Princeton High School where Harris wrestled for the Vikings, then later returned to the school to help coach the mat program.

The event will feature music and motivational speakers. A donation ticket costs $10, but gifts of any amount are welcome. All proceeds are slated to support the Princeton Vikings wrestling program.

A 2001 graduate of Princeton High, John Harris was a standout wrestler for the Vikings, and named team captain his senior year. Even after graduation, he was a part of the program coaching kids both on and off the mats.

Harris, who worked as a journeyman plumber, was murdered outside his home in the city of Cincinnati in June 2007. His killers have yet to be caught.

To learn more about the Princeton High wrestling program, visit their Facebook page.

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