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Clackamas Community College
Contact
19600 S. Molalla Ave.
Oregon City OR 97045

PH: 503-594-3271
FX: 503-650-6667
www.clackamas.edu

President
Dr. Joanne Truesdell

Athletic Director
Jim Martineau

Athletic Trainer
Kevin Arizo

Sports Information Director
Tracy Swisher

General email
jmartineau@clackamas.edu

Region
18

FTE Enrollment
7536








College News
Cougars Finish 3rd at 2013 NJCAA Championships
May 24, 2013

DES MOINES, IA -- The CCC Cougars entered the 2013 NJCAA Wrestling Championships ranked fourth in the country and the team lived up to its billing as one of the nation's best.  With 97.5 points, Clackamas finished third overall behind co-National Champions North Idaho and Labette who both finished with 120 points. Rounding out the top five were Nassau CC (95 points) and Iowa Central CC (70.5 points).

 “Our staff worked really hard to keep the kids heads down and focused on their next match individually and then see where we were on Saturday as a team. They performed remarkably on the biggest stage and came out with a very good 3rd place finish, said Coach Josh Rhoden.

 There were several remarkable stories this weekend and not the least of which was CJ Palmer’s run through the tournament with 2 injured shoulders and tonsillitis. “CJ is a tough kid and he fought hard to get to 4th place, it was just unfortunate that he was injured because he was arguably the best 133 in the tournament,” added Rhoden

 The Western Region proved it is a powerhouse in the nation as six teams finished in the top 12 of the 40 participating schools. Northwest College (Wy) took 6th, Western Wyoming was 8th and Southwestern Oregon placed 12th. Highline finished in the top 25 at # 24.

 Five Cougars earned All-American honors including National Champions Trent Noon (174 lbs) and Jacob Mitchell (285 lbs). Just missing the top of the podium was 149 lbs runner-up Beau Roberts who lost a very tight 7-6 decision.

 "These guys wrestled so good for the entire weekend and what an amazing accomplishment for them to be National Finalists and for our program to have the most National Champions this year was great,” exclaimed Rhoden.

 With three National Finalists the Cougars tied a school record set in 1971 with 3 finalists and 2 Champions by Coach Larry Wright's squad.

 CJ Palmer and Sage Ornelas also made the All-American team in their respective weight classes. Palmer took 4th at 133 and Ornelas 6th at 125. The Cougars also collected team points from Jake Laden (197 lbs), AJ Ballard (157 lbs) and Steve Conn (184).

Name
Record Points
125 - Sage Ornelas
3-3
9.0
133 - CJ Palmer
6-3
17.0
149 - Beau Roberts
4-1
18.0
157 - AJ Ballard
1-2
1.0
174 - Trent Noon
5-0
26.0
184 - Steve Conn
2-2
1.0
197 - Jacob Laden
2-2
2.5
HWT - Jacob Mitchell
4-0
23.0
Team Total
27-13 97.5

 The third place finish is the second in 7th year Head Coach Josh Rhoden's tenure as the program's mentor. During that time, CCC hasn't finished lower than 8th place at the national tournament as well as finishing 1st in 2011 (program history). The five All-Americans at this event bring's Rhoden coaching total to 35, an average of five All-Americans per year.



Clackamas Wins Wrestling Nationals!
May 6, 2011

SPOKANE, WA --  The Clackamas wrestling team celebrated the 40th anniversary of the program's first national title in 1971 with its second Saturday night in Spokane. In the end, CCC easily outpaced runner-up North Idaho College by 10.5 points, 109 - 98.5. Heavyweight Tyrell Fortune capped off the event by winning his second National title at 285 with a 4-3 decision over Iowa Central's Seth McGregor.

The Cougars didn't sit on the laurels of their region championship two weeks ago and came to Eastern Washington ready to prove to the country that their number one ranking wasn't a fluke.

Friday's action saw North Idaho College hold the top spot most of the day, until the championship quarter finals when CCC climbed from fifth to claim first place in the field of 36 teams at day's end. The Cougars held a slim 1.5 point lead over region rival North Idaho and five points over third place Iowa Central.

After the dust settled Friday evening six of CCC's ten wrestlers were still in action heading into Saturday with five still in the championship round (semifinals) and one in the consolation wrestle-back for third place.

CCC should have been stunned when the team lost 2010 returning All-American and top-ranked 174 pounder Terrence Williams to injury in Friday's quarterfinals, but the squad appeared unfazed as they went on with business as usual - a sign of solid coaching from head coach Josh Rhoden and his assistants Bret Born and Rich Vigorito.

At the tournament's end, the Cougars compiled six NJCAA All-Americans with six top five placings - 133 Martin Gonzalez (4th), 141 Cody Randall (5th), 157 Matt Melendrez (4th), 165 Derek Mestrovich (2nd), 184 Brett Sanchez (3rd) and Fortune with the 285 title.

Of the six day two qualifiers, returning 2009 All-American Sanchez had perhaps the most grueling road to follow. After losing his opener in a 7-0 upset, Sanchez dropped to the consolation side of the bracket where he systematically eliminated six opponents, including third and fifth ranked 184 pounders to stake claim to third place.

Fortune probably faced the strongest field the NJCAA has seen in the heavyweight division in years. In his four matches to the title, he had to face three opponents ranked in the top five in the country. Fortune earned victories on a pair of falls, a major and a 4-3 decision in the final. Not nearly as easy as in 2009 when he pinned all five opponents on his way to his first championship.

A strong third round comeback attempt in the 165lbs championship was not enough for top-ranked Mestrovich as he fell to Rend Lake's second-ranked Issiah Williams in a 10-4 decision. Mestrovich had cruised into the final with a decision and two convincing wins including a 17-4 major decision over #4-ranked Dan McGillivary of Iowa Lakes.

Fifth-ranked Gonzalez fell in the 133 pound semifinals in a close 3-2 decision to the eventual 133 champion, but bounced back with a win in the consolations to get to the third place match. Gonzalez had to settle for fourth place, however, as he made a critical mistake early in the match resulting in a pin to second-ranked Brandon Wright of Iowa Central.

Randall, who entered the tournament with a #7 ranking at 141, came out of the doors flying on Friday with a tech fall, a pin and a 9-2 decision before falling to the 141 pound runner-up in the semis in a narrow 5-4 double overtime loss. Randall picked up the pieces of the tough loss and eventually took fifth.

Melendrez also had a strong opening day with a 9-4 decision and a pin before losing a 6-1 semifinal decision to second-ranked PJ Starnes of Harper who went on to win the 157 title.  Melendrez won his next match with a fall to get to the third place match where he got majored by Gloucester's ninth-ranked Justin Pencock.

Williams along with Kegan Handlovic (125), Billy Goldsberry (149) and Brett Fredrickson (197) all added to the CCC team scores with wins on day one. Unranked Fredrickson also collected team bonus points with another stunning pin of fifth-ranked Bo Younker of SW Oregon. Fredrickson also pinned Younker last month in a match at Clackamas.

Rhoden, in only his fifth year as head coach, was selected NJCAA National Coach of the Year and at age 30 is one of the youngest coaches ever to win a national team wrestling title.  In his previous four years, Rhoden has guided the Cougars to 3rd, 5th, 7th and 8th place finishes and has produced 24 All-Americans in his tenure with the program.

CCC had a strong contingent of fans in the stands along with Tim Williams, the last Cougar to win back-to-back national titles. Williams won 142 pound titles in 1971, when CCC won its last title, and again in '72.

Rhoden and staff will be bidding goodbye at the end of the year to Williams and Fortune who are headed to Oregon State next season and to Mestrovich, Fredrickson, Sanchez and Goldsberry who are undecided on their school of choice.



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Participating sports
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Total NJCAA Team National Championship Titles: 4

Men's Championships: 2
Women's Championships: 2

Breakdown by Sport:

  • Men's Wrestling: *1977, 2011 
  • Women's Cross Country: *1977
  • Women's Outdoor Track & Field: 1978

 

 

*Invitational Tournament







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