Wrestling: Clackamas CC, Oregon City mat club gear up for 2019-20
Reigning NJCAA national champion Clackamas Community College will open the 2019-20 wrestling season with its annual Navy-Scarlet intersquad exhibition on Oct. 22, followed by the Cougars' first dual at Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay on Nov. 2.
The Cougars' home schedule includes the Clackamas Open tournament on Nov. 9, as well as a dual with Corban University on Dec. 7, a double-dual with Simon Fraser University and Highline College on Jan. 17, and a match with North Idaho College on Jan. 24.
Clackamas returns six wrestlers - Zeth Brower, Joey Daniel, Marty Margolis, Tommy Mommer, Joel Romero, and Jason Shaner - from last year's national championship team, boosting hopes that the Cougars can make a run at another NJCAA title.
Of the six returning wrestlers, Daniel finished second at 197 pounds, Romero was second at 157, Brower was third at 125, Shaner was fifth at 133, and Mommer was seventh at heavyweight.
"It's certainly as much experience as we've brought back in terms of number of guys who have competed at the national championship level and had such a great year.," Cougars coach Josh Rhoden said. "They all have big goals on their minds, because none of them were individual champions, so they want to finish off their junior college careers with a title.
"We also have some really good guys that we recruited in here that are trying to beat some of these guys out for some spots, so that's exciting, too."
Other important dates on the Clackamas schedule include the Reno Tournament of Champions in Reno, Nev., on Dec. 15, the Northeastern Oklahoma Duals on Jan. 10-11, the Western Region Championship in Coos Bay on Feb. 16, and the NJCAA National Championships in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on March 6-7.
The 36t h annual CCC Takedown Tournament for wrestlers of all ages is scheduled for Oct. 26 at Randall Hall. Registration is from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on the day of the tournament and wrestling is scheduled to being at 10 a.m. for elementary matches at at 11 a.m. for junior and open division matches.
The tournament is open to all competitors and a USA Wrestling card is not required. Matches will consist of three one-minute rounds with 30 seconds rest between each round. Elementary matches will be three 30-second rounds. Only takedowns count as points. Entry fee is $20 per athlete.
PIONEERS MAT CLUB: Registration has started for the Oregon City Wrestling Club's 2019-20 season for wrestlers of all skill levels - beginners to advanced - in kindergarten through high school.
Sign-ups are being held on Thursday, Oct. 3, on Monday, Oct. 7, and on Wednesday, Oct. 9 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Oregon City High School wrestling room, which is located at the southwest corner of the school near the track.
Practices are scheduled to start Oct. 14, with wrestlers ages 8 and under working out Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., older wrestlers on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., and all wrestlers on Fridays from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The program is run by experienced coaches who emphasize basic fundamentals, teamwork, accountability, resilience, discipline, goal-setting, and the importance of hard work.
Additional information, including a 2019-20 season calendar, sponsorship forms, membership applications, and a list of fees is available online at www.oregoncitywrestling.com or by calling 971-270-8308.
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