Wrestling

Clackamas wrestling finishes fourth at Championship 

By Gabriella Vigil / March 19, 2024

  By Gabriella Vigil Sports Editor   Clackamas Community College wrestling made its last stop this season at the NJCAA National Championships on March 1. The Cougars traveled to Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa, to try and take home the win.¬† Nine CCC wrestlers ended up qualifying for championships, including Cesar Avelar, Rocky Raby,…

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Wrestling ramps up training for final tournament 

By Gabriella Vigil / February 29, 2024

  By Gabriella Vigil With the National Junior College Athletic Association Championships beginning March 1, the Clackamas Community College wrestling team is ramping up their training and recovery time.¬† Cesar Avelar, a freshman ranked No. 2 in the country for the 133-lb. weight class, shared what it takes to enter the postseason.¬† ‚ÄúMy biggest focus…

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Clackamas athletes declare ‘wrestling over everything’

By Gabriella Vigil / February 7, 2024

Clackamas athletes declare wrestling over everything¬† By Gabriella Vigil This season, the Clackamas Community College wrestling team acquired a new mantra, COE:¬† Clackamas wrestling over everything. The athletes train daily with a focus on fitness, nutrition and proper sleep to stay at the top of their game.¬† As the team wraps up their season with…

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Wrestling team aims to make history

By Aaliyana Balderas / February 23, 2023

The Clackamas Community College wrestling team is in high spirits after winning the West Region Championships for the 10th year in a row. CCC beat North Idaho College, one of their biggest competitors, 108.5-105.5. However, they still have more to prove this season.¬† Two weeks after the West Region Championships, the Cougars are heading across…

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Wrestling coach takes job at Oregon State

By Laura Canida / April 25, 2022

Famed wrestling coach Josh Rhoden has taken a job with Oregon State University. Rhoden has been the head coach at Clackamas Community College since 2006. His teams have won the NJCAA National Championship five times, including the past four years. Rhoden has also been named the National Coach of the Year four times, earning that…

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Wrestling makes history in unprecedented season

By Riley Buerk / May 26, 2021

In a year unlike any other, one thing remained the same: Clackamas wrestling taking home the NJCAA national championship. The team is only the fifth team in NJCAA history to win three championships in a row.

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Former Clackamas wrestler Nicholas Maximov is looking to dominate on the next level

By Riley Buerk / December 22, 2020

From Chico High to Clackamas Community College, and now on the verge of the UFC, former CCC wrestler Nicholas Maximov has been looking forward to this moment his entire life. Maximov started training Jiu Jitsu and MMA in middle school and realized that‚Äôs what he wanted to do with his life.¬† He gives credit to…

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Wrestling beats fundraising goal, seeks to continue ‚ÄúDecade of Dominance‚ÄĚ

By Riley Buerk / October 23, 2020

Story by Riley Buerk Clackamas Community College wrestling has dominated for the last decade, winning three national championships, three national runner finishes, finishing in the Final Four nine times, and earning seven national dual meet titles.¬†¬† Overall, the team finished the decade with a 128-14 record, producing 67 All- Americans and 12 individual national championships.…

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Wrestling knocks out competition to secure top transfer

By Riley Buerk / May 1, 2020

Story by Riley Buerk   Head coach Josh Rhoden and the Clackamas Community College wrestling team secured a victory on April 14 when former four-time California state champ Justin Mejia committed to the team. Mejia is attending his fourth college and comes to CCC from Fresno State, where he wrestled for one season. Mejia is…

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Wrestling wins back to back championships

By Lexis Shull / March 10, 2020

On March 6 and 7 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, the Clackamas Community College wrestling team brought home another NJCAA National Championship, making it their fourth in school history and second in a row after winning the title last season. For the second year in a row, the Cougars outscored Northeastern Oklahoma A&M¬†with 133.5 total points…

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