Former CCC Athlete Named National Wrestling Coach

Article by: Janet Paulson

 OREGON CITY - Matt Lindland, Olympic silver medalist and former Clackamas Community College wrestler, has been named the national Greco-Roman coach by USA Wrestling. Lindland, a 2000 Olympian and 2001 World silver medalist as a Greco-Roman athlete, will lead the national program, coaching the nation's elite wrestlers at the U.S. Olympic training center in Colorado Springs. He will guide the development of the program at all levels.

Lindland wrestled for the Cougars at CCC from 1998-89 under coach Jim Jackson and went to nationals where he missed placing by one point. The following year, he won the National Junior College Association national championship in the 158-pound weight class. He earned two associate degrees at CCC. After his national title, the University of Nebraska offered Lindland a full-ride scholarship. He is a four-time senior national Greco-Roman champion.

He has been active with coaching the CCC team, one of the nation's top junior college teams. Under coach Josh Rhoden, CCC won the national team title in 2011. This season, Clackamas won the National Duals title, placed third at the NJCAA Nationals and had a record seven All-Americans.

Lindland is a native of Gladstone and wrestled for both Gladstone High School and CCC. Lindland won the silver medal in Sydney in the 167.5-pound weight class after fighting all the way to the Supreme Court for the right to be an Olympian. He fought a referee's decision during the Olympic trials that was ultimately decided by U.S. Supreme Court, earning him a berth on the U.S. Greco-Roman wrestling team.

For more information, contact Josh Rhoden at 503-594-3275 or email joshr@clackamas.edu

 

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