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