Cougars Wrestling Win National Championship
OREGON CITY - On March 2, the Clackamas Community College wrestling team won the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Championship, outpacing 2018 champions Northeast Oklahoma. Clackamas won the national championship previously in 1971 and 2011.
The Cougars qualified wrestlers in all 10 weight classes to compete in the tournament. They put on an impressive performance winning with a school record nine All-Americans, including two national champions, two national runners up, two third placers, two fifth placers and a seventh placer.
The 10 qualified CCC wrestlers are:
- 125-pound Zeth Brower of Medford, third place
- 133-pouond Jason Shaner of Hood River, fifth place
- 141-pound Elijah Ozuna of Bakersfield, Calif., national champion
- 149-pound Marty Margolis of La Plata, Md., round of 12
- 157-pound Joel Romero of Fresno, Calif., national runner up
- 165-pound Mason McDaniel of Edmonds, Wash., third place
- 174-pound Trajan Hurd of Grants Pass, national champion
- 184-pound Trevor Senn of Spokane, Wash., fifth place
- 197-pound Joey Daniel of Santa Ana, Calif., national runner up
- 285-pound Tommy Mommer of Yuma, Ariz., seventh place
"This is a special group of young men who believed in a mission and knew their purpose. It is not very often that you get to work with guys who buy in, believe in what they are doing and achieve a common goal the way these guys did," Wrestling Coach Josh Rhoden said.
Clackamas Community College also set a new national scoring record with 176.5 points and a 24.5-point margin of victory. Rhoden and his staff were awarded the title National Coach of the Year for their efforts.