Cougars Wrestling Wins Fourth Consecutive National Championship

Mar 8, 2022, 09:54 AM by CCC Staff

CCC wrestling team and coaches standing on podium, smiling proudly

OREGON CITY – On March 5, the Clackamas Community College wrestling team won the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Championship for the fourth consecutive year, outpacing Iowa Central by 9.5 points in the team race.

"This was a very remarkable group of young men who came together to achieve something very exceptional. They believed in their training, each other and trusted the process, which I think is why we saw some of our best wrestling at the end of the year," CCC Wrestling Head Coach Josh Rhoden said.

The team race was an exciting one to follow with four Cougars in the championship final and one win needed to prevent a comeback from Iowa Central. CCC's 157-pound Alex Ramirez not only secured his own individual national championship, but the team championship.

CCC individual results

  • Alex Ramirez (157 lb) national champion
  • Justin Mejia (133 lb) national runner-up
  • Marckis Branford (141 lb) national runner-up
  • Steele Starren (165 lb) national runner-up
  • Victor Jacinto (149 lb) 3rd
  • Nicolas Aguilar (125 lb) 4th
  • Michael Gasper (197 lb) 5th
  • Trent Silva (174 lb) 6th
  • Kyle Richards (285 lb) 6th
  • Romeo Manue (184 lb) 2-2

Top five team scores

  1. Clackamas 136.5
  2. Iowa Central 127
  3. Northeastern Oklahoma 118
  4. Western Wyoming 116.5
  5. North Iowa Area 109

"Our coaches did a great job preparing this team, and I want to thank them for their time and effort. This team was inspired, selfless and hard-working and that reflects the coaching staff," Rhoden said.

The win marks the Cougars' fourth national championship in a row, the program's sixth championship overall and the fifth during Rhoden's tenure.

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