Cougars Wrestling Three-Peat National Champions

Apr 29, 2021, 16:40 PM by CCC Staff

CCC's Cougar wrestling team happily celebrating

OREGON CITY – On April 23, the Clackamas Community College wrestling team won the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Championship for the third year in a row, outpacing second-place Western Wyoming by just 5.5 points.

“In a year that was anything but common, our team did something that was uncommon. They fought through adversity, they worked hard and remained focused all year with much of this year in doubt. Our coaching staff is supremely proud of these young men,” CCC wrestling head coach Josh Rhoden said.

The team race was an exciting one to follow with the championship in doubt until the final round of the event where CCC’s 133-pound Zeth Brower earned a fall, which not only secured his own individual national championship but propelled Clackamas ahead of Western Wyoming.

CCC individual results

  • Zeth Brower (133 lb) national champion
  • Cameron Enriquez (125 lb) national runner-up
  • Marckis Branford (141 lb) 3rd
  • Deville Dentis (149 lb) 3rd
  • Dax Bennett (174 lb) 3rd
  • Tarik Sutkovic (197 lb) 3rd
  • Mike Gasper (184 lb) 5th
  • Trent Silva (157 lb) 5th
  • Kyle Richards (285 lb) round of 12
  • Jake Richardson (165 lb) round of 12

Top five team scores

  1. Clackamas 152.5
  2. Western Wyoming 147
  3. Iowa Central 129
  4. Pratt 126.5
  5. Northeastern Oklahoma 125

“Our guys wrestled so inspired, selfless and hard. That is a very hard mentality to beat even though at times it felt like us against the world. These guys remained present and in the moment. I’m so proud of these young men,” Rhoden said.

The win secured the Cougars’ third national championship in a row, the program’s fifth championship overall with four of those won during Rhoden’s tenure. The three-peat makes them one of only four other teams in the history of the NJCAA to achieve the feat.

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