Thanks for being a part of our ‘network’ and ENCOURAGE your wrestling friends to sign up as supporters. TOGETHER we are powerful!

Trent Kroll, coach at Hood River Valley HS, ran the wrestling event---close to a hundred entries. Weight classes(S,M, L, XL) and some age grouping.
There were several other activities taking place in HR as you can see from one of pictures---parasurfing, racing/kayaking, as well as the wrestling.



Wrestling Fans,
The National Wrestling Coaches Ass'n named two stalwarts as Oregon Head and Assistant Coach of the year for 2015. Assistant Coach of the Year is Dave Maley – Roseburg High School. The Head Coach of the Year is JD Alley – Culver High School. Both are familiar names/places for Oregon wrestling fans. This season Culver won its 8th 1A/2A State Championship in the past 9 years with 3 champs and had 8 placers total. Culver also won its 12th Oregon Classic Dual Meet Championship in the past 14 years! Nuff said. Thanks to both of these coaches(and lots of others as well) for 'investing' in our next generation!!
Perhaps the following two links will serve as a stimulus to women's wrestling in Oregon. The link to Veronica Carlson's mental toughness in winning a bronze medal in the USA National Freestyle Championships should inspire ALL of us to persevere, when things go really wrong!! In the direction of women's wrestling, I would suggest all of us be aware of some of USAW's promotional videos featuring women 'on the mat'. The following link will carry you to one!
Some good news from 'the north', Grays Harbor CC will be adding wrestling immediately. Phil Pine, a long time college wrestling advocate in Washington, will lead the charge. A recent conversation suggested that he already has some commits!
Dust off your shoes and consider entering the Oregon Beach Wrestling Championships held at Hood River on Saturday.Action begins at 11.
MAY 30th, 2015
@ Hood River Marina Beach
Senior, High School & Kids Division
(Male & female divisions for Senior & High School)
Medals 1-3
On-site Registration - $10.00
Spectators: Free
Registration 9:00-10:00am
Wrestling begins at 11:00am
For more information contact:
Trent Kroll: 541-399-6123 trent.kroll@hoodriver.k12.or.us
Perhaps see you there?


Wrestling Fans,

Lots of things going on in the wrestling world to keep us engaged!

On the upside, the Oregon Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame inducted the class of 2015, by recognizing 6 long time coaches/officials AND a former Oregon high school wrestling champion who has achieved national recognition in his field. The 5 coaches and 1 official have contributed a combined total of 197 years to Our Sport.!!

The 5 coaches were:

Dr. Howard Westcott, PSU coach of many nationally competitive athletes, including Rick Sanders, USA’s first ever World Champion!

Bob Akers, a long time coach(football & wrestling) in the Gresham district.

Chuck Corak, with 40 years of wrestling coaching in the several schools in the north eastern part of Oregon.

Jim Jackson, who wore lots of wrestling related hats, primarily via his many responsibilities at Clackamas CC.

Brent Belveal, who spent 27 years coaching wrestling in Albany.

Stan Kawamoto, survived 40 years in a striped shirt, undoubtedly getting his share of applause and catcalls.

Think of the thousands of young people they have influenced for good!! Well done men!

The outstanding American recognition went to Trevor Knowles, a former 2 time State Champion from Grand Union and currently a World Class Cowboy.

There were over 400 people who came to applaud the impact that these folks have had in our part of the wrestling world.

A story came to our attention recently that could ONLY have been generated by someone with the heart of a wrestler. It highlights Steve Hayes, who competed many years ago for Central Washington U during the tenure of the great Eric Beardsley. Following this link will be time well spent!

The US Open Wrestling Championships were held this last weekend in Las Vegas. A very brief summary of the winners does not do the action justice, but the champions, in weight order on the men’s side were mostly recognizable names: Ramos, Humphrey, Metcalfe, Marable, Taylor, Herbert, Snyder and Dlagnev.  Snyder, a freshman from Ohio State, was the ‘talk of the town’ after beating London Olympic Gold medalist, Jake Varner, in the final! As they say, there is nothing as stale as last years' champion! There were a few athletes of note who chose not to participate in the Open(like Jordan Burroughs), but who will be part of the World Team Trials.

The recent ‘big names’ in US women’s wrestling at the international level finished at the top of their weight classes----Maroulis(130), Pirozhkova(152) and Gray(165) all had ‘blue ribbon’ performances.

Come see all of the foregoing and more compete in Madison WI, June 12-14, where the US Freestyle teams for the World Championships in Las Vegas in September will be decided! Time to get your sick leave lined up for next fall!!

The downside news is that Joe Wells, who had a significant impact on OSU wrestling during his tenure in Corvallis, died after a very short illness. Joe was not only a guy with a passion for Our Sport, but a ready smile. Think about ‘reaching out’ to comfort anyone you know who was close to him.

The weekly post reach on the RCWOR Facebook page hit over 10,000 2 weeks ago---be sure you are part of this growing crowd !!

For an even better tomorrow in Our Sport!!

NEWTON, Iowa — Ohio State’s Logan Stieber wrote his name in college wrestling’s history books with a convincing 11-5 finals win over Edinboro’s Mitchell Port in the March 21 NCAA finals. The Buckeye team captain became just the fourth wrestler in NCAA history to win four Division I titles. Stieber’s historic collegiate career didn’t just end with a fourth title. He also led his Buckeyes to a first-ever national team championship.
To cap it off, Stieber was awarded the 2015 Dan Hodge Trophy(wrestling’s Heisman), presented by ASICS.

Collin Purinton, Banks HS Senior, recently won the USA Wrestling/Cliff Keen National HS Folkstyle Championships. Collin’s bracket included 54 successful athletes from other states!! Read more by following the link.

If you have not done so already, consider honoring some of those who have played leading roles in Our Sport over the last 30 years by attending the Hall of Fame banquet onMay 2nd at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Tigard. The following will be recognized for Lifetime Service to Wrestling.
♦ Bob Akers, Coach and Contributor, Centennial School District
♦ Brent Belveal, Coach, South Albany
♦ Chuck Corak, Coach, Enterprise/Pine Eagle/LaGrande
♦ Stan Kawamoto, Official, Portland/Western Washington
♦ Jim Jackson, Coach/Official, HS/Clackamas Community College/USMC
♦ Dr. Howard Westcott, Coach, Portland State University
Outstanding American from the State of Oregon
♦ Trevor J. Knowles, 2X State Champion in HS and subsequently World Class Steer Wrestler, Mt. Vernon, Oregon
Individual tickets can be purchased for $55 by sending a check made out to NWHOF OR to: Jim Pond, 610 SW 48th Dr, Portland, OR 97221. Ticket prices are more after April 25. Part of the proceeds go to maintain the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, which includes our Oregon honorees! For more information contact Jim Pond at: jwpond1970@comcast.net

We have included a piece of Oregon wrestling history that many may not be aware of. It seems appropriate for a variety of reasons, one being that the principal figure in the picture is Rick Sanders, whose college coach, Howard Westcott/Portland State, is being inducted(posthumously) into the Oregon Chapter of the Hall of Fame this year. In the picture Sanders was US Open Champion, with the legendary Dan Gable in 3rd place. For the record Sanders went on to become the First ever World Champion for the United States! Without Portland State wrestling would Rick have had the opportunity to compete in college?

Speak up for a better tomorrow in college wrestling in Oregon!!
Together we can be powerful


6 Oregon wrestlers are needed for the OR/WA Cultural Exchange Team going to Japan June 19-30, 2014.

If interested, see John Dustin at the March 15 Sweet Home Freestyle or Trent Kroll at the March 15 Peninsula Superstars. Top wrestlers invited to wrestle-off March 22 best two out of three @ Scappoose weigh-ins 10-11pm. Attend meeting in room D3 adjacent to gym following weigh-ins

There is also a developmental opportunity for good kids that have access to family or community resources to fill any Washington vacancies that might perhaps open. Contact Trent Kroll or John Dustin if interested in being considered. The primary way to make the team is to win at the Scappoose wrestle-offs.

Team Leader Masao Miyake mwwoamasa@comcast.ne t
OR Coach Trent Kroll,Tkroll@hoodriver.K12.or.us
WA Coach Brett Lucas blucas@fwps.org

$1668 Lowest airfare quotation (3-5-14) SEA-Osaka -prices vary daily
$ 400 Hosting fee payable to JHSWA as per the USA-JAPAN protocol
$ 400 Uniform & Equipment (estimated)
$ 332 Contingency (Unused contingency returned at end of tour)
$2800 Capacity to accept credit cards. End-of-tour financial report will included with the pro-rata check for unused contingency. Adults cover their own costs and are NOT pro-rata being passed to the athletes.

Any questions - contact any of the three Adults listed above or John Dustin, Jdustin2@gmail.com , 503-639-8013, Volunteer admin, Former Marshfield Coach, OSU 1956-1961.

Wrestling Fans,
Several recent items of note:
1) Those of you who made the trip to Corvallis last Saturday night got to see some great wrestling action. The team results were biased in favor of the University of Minnesota. Several of the individual matches produced lots of drama. Beavers, Sakaguchi(149#) and Meeks(197#), both ranked in the top 5 in their respective weight classes, lost very close action packed decisions to their Gopher counterparts. Falls by RJ Pena(157#) and Alex Elder(165#) made the final team score a respectable 28-12. Seems OSU needs more Salem HS alums!
2) Other college level action of note since our last news brief saw SOU losing duals to Montana State U Northern and Great Falls College. Clackamas Community College put a licking on their in-state rival SW Oregon CC.
3) The featured remaining college event prior to Christmas is the Cliff Keen Tournament in Las Vegas, this weekend. The Beavers will get a chance to evaluate their progress against some of the nations best.
Of course, high school action gets under way this week, so be sure to visit the website of your local school(s), to support and keep abreast of the next generations' progress.
Perhaps the most novel action in the near future is the visiting Japanese High School All Star team, which will be in Oregon for 3 duals(and in Washington for 2 more). We are including their itinerary again, so you can be sure to plan your calendar so that you can attend at least one of the meets. The competition will be held using the new International Freestyle Rules, which reward action in ways that are not too different now from US Folkstyle rules. The differences will be reviewed briefly at each of the 3 sites, prior to the competition, so no need to' study up'. Learning a couple of Japanese greetings would be good, especially if you are hosting one of them!

Mon Jan 6 Barlow 7:00pm
Tue Jan 7 Crook County 6:30pm
Thurs Jan 9 Crescent Valley 7:30pm

In January(2014), Oregon and Washington will jointly host a Japanese HS level wrestling team. The team will consist of 14 male wrestlers and 2 coaches. Most of these young men have distinguished themselves within their prefecture(think state) and in age group competition at the National level. The Oregon competition will be held using International Freestyle rules. The weights of the Japanese competitors will range from approximately 121 pounds to 235.
At each site, in addition to the competition, there will be appropriate ‘fanfare’ consistent with international exchanges. This will include individual achievement recognition, both National anthems, and a brief introduction to the latest Freestyle rules. Many of you know that international rules were modified this past year, due to the IOC decision to try to drop wrestling from the Olympic Games. I think most of you who have not witnessed competition under the new rules will find them refreshing, as they reward athletes in ways that are more consistent with US Folkstyle rules.
The place/date and times of the Oregon competitions are listed below.
Mon    Jan 6   Barlow                7:00pm
Tue     Jan 7   Crook County    6:30pm
Thurs Jan 9   Crescent Valley 7:30pm
On Jan 10th the Japanese will be delivered to their first Washington host site---Columbia River HS in Vancouver.
There will be a nominal admissions charge at each site, to defray some of the local costs associated with the visit.  Youth wrestlers will be admitted without charge with some sort of Identification----t shirt, club card, etc.
Please plan to attend at least one of the matches.
FYI The 2014 OR/WA-Japan Wrestling Cultural Exchange has involved substantial organizational work by the Restore College Wrestling Oregon Committee(RCWOR). At each Oregon event there will be an opportunity to contribute money to assist them in their primary mission to:
Restore opportunities in Oregon college wrestling.
Other items of note as the collegiate wrestling season begins.
The Mike Clock Open, Nov. 10, at Pacific, had entries from the following colleges:
Oregon State U, Pacific U, Clackamas CC, Highline CC, SW Oregon CC, Stanford, San Francisco State, Simon Fraser U. Several club teams associated with Washington colleges also had entries and there were many wrestlers who competed unattached. The finalists in the 10 weight classes were affiliated as follows:OSU(6), Clackamas CC(4), San Francisco St U(1), Stanford(1) and the remaining 8 finalists wrestled Unattached.
The weekend of Nov. 16 had the Beaver varsity in the Midwest, where they won 3 duals in 4 outings, losing only to U of Michigan. The same weekend in Ashland, at the Pete Delcastro SOU Open, the action included entries from several of the colleges involved in Forest Grove the preceding weekend, plus a few others, including perennially competitive N Idaho CC. NIC and SOU, both top 3 teams at the National level in their respective divisions in 2013, were there in force. Each proved they deserve respect again this year! SOU had 2 Oregon boys win championships: Brock Gutches(174/Crater HS alum) and Jacob Abrams(184/The Dalles-Wahtonka HS alum).
Stay tuned in for more action, as the high school and college seasons begin in earnest. Perhaps the upcoming event with the most national level significance is the Nov 30 dual between U. Minnesota, ranked #2 in the latest NCAA Div I poll, and the OSU Beavers who currently are ranked #14. Match time is at 7 pm in Gill Coliseum.

Wrestling Fans,
Several recent items of note:
1)      Thanks to the efforts of many of you AND the Warner Pacific College Athletic Director, Jamie Joss, WPC will be fielding both a men’s and women’s wrestling team next year. They have begun the search process for a head coach. If you know anyone who you believe has the necessary knowledge, passion and communication skills to build a successful program at the college level, encourage them to apply. You can direct them to the WPC website for contact information. Be aware as you consider talking to anyone about the position that the college has a mission statement that identifies the school with the Christian faith. You do not need to be a person of faith to enroll/compete, but I believe coaches will be expected to behave in ways that are consistent with the college’s mission statement.
2)      In connection with the above decision, we will soon be asking for donations to help with the purchase of a second mat. The National Wrestling Coaches Assn has already volunteered to buy WPC 1 mat and some gear; we will be soliciting funds to help them purchase a necessary 2nd mat.
3)      We(RCWOR) have recently been contacted by some folks in New York who have recognized us as a group of people who have put a substantial amount of time/energy into laying the groundwork for the recovery of college wrestling in Oregon. They have indicated that they may continue to lean on us for advice as they move forward. This is also a by-product of OUR collective effort. Well done to ALL who have supported us in this!!
4)    John Dustin has been the point
man in bringing new energy to the restoration of a rather dormant wrestling Cultural Exchange program with Japan. He is in the process of finalizing the itinerary for a Japanese team of high school age men and women to compete against combined teams in both Oregon and Washington this coming January---right around the corner! You will be hearing more of the details in the very near future.

Wrestling Fans,
The International Olympic Committee voted wrestling back into to the Games on the first ballot in Buenos Aires yesterday, September 8.
Les Gutches comments on the IOC decision. Les, a former Oregonian AND World Champion, is now in an executive position with USA Wrestling.
Well Done to all who joined the fight !!
Let us continue to market Our great sport, so we are not only IN, but FIRST in line!

Restore College Wrestling Oregon Committee.

PS Stay tuned in for results from the World Wrestling Championships, which begin next week in Budapest.

Summer updates on matters relating to Our Sport.

The Oregon contingent to Fargo was quite successful with some of the following noteworthy results. Excuse the editor, if someone in the top 3 was overlooked.
On the girls side:
Jessica DeHart, HRVHS, was 2nd /Cadet FS, 108#
Emmalyn Lindsey, S.Eugene, was 3rd /Cadet FS, 101#
Kiera Gabaldon , N Salem, 3rd/Junior FS, 130#
On the boys side:
Ronnie Bresser, Henley, CHAMPION/Jr Greco, 113#!!
Kyle Bateman, Sandy, 3rd/Jr Greco, 170#
Sam Colbray, Hermiston, 2nd/Cadet FS, 1st/Cadet GR, 195# !!

Rex Metcalfe and Roy Pittman were given special recognition this summer by USA Wrestling for their efforts in the Western region of the US, as kids/cadets leader and developmental coach respectively. These are two longstanding coaches who consistently go the extra mile for Our Sport. Thanks to them and the many others who provide leadership in wrestling in Oregon!!

Many of you are aware that wrestling passed the first test with the IOC, by being selected as 1 of the 3 sports to be given final consideration for inclusion in the 2020 Olympic Games. The other 2 are baseball/softball(considered as one sport) and squash. Only ONE will be selected. The final decision will be made September 8 at the full meeting of the IOC. You can register your support for Olympic wrestling by following this link.

As some of you are aware, SEVERAL changes in international rules have been adopted by FILA(the international governing body for wrestling). The most notable to date are: 1) a return to a 6 minute cumulative scoring system; 2) Takedowns will now be worth 2 points, with a push out worth 1; 3) In case of a tie, the big point move, then the last point scored will be used in that order to determine the winner; 4) In the event of a 0-0 score at the end of 6 minutes, the bout will be determined on the basis of cautions(at least 1 will be mandated). USAW used overtime to determine the winner in the US Open, but this has not been adopted by FILA(yet).
In a rules related direction, the number of mens FS and Greco weights will be reduced by 1 each(to 6 weight classes) and womens competition will now be expanded to 6 weights. This appears to be a politically motivated move, possibly due to feedback from sources inside the IOC? Clearly it has little to do with the current relative number of participants by gender in the world.
There are several links to articles/videos below that you might find of interest:
IOC VP says wrestling now has the inside track for Olympic inclusion.
Video interview with Russian coaches, during practice, as to why Olympic wrestling is so important to young men in the Caucusus region.
A video from Oregon wrestling history: The Owings vs Gable match, 1970 NCAA Final.

Please encourage your wrestling friends to join almost 2,000 others who have already signed up as supporters of the Restore College Wrestling OR movement. It is as easy as clicking the link and adding their name/email address.
Follow the action and your OR wrestling friends on www.rcwor.com , Facebook---and now on Twitter!


Congratulations to the Oregon schools for their performances in the various National Tournaments. Clackamas was 3rd in the NJCAA tournament; SOU was 2nd in the NAIA Nationals and the Beavers were 8th in the NCAA Div. 1.

2013 National Wrestling Hall of Fame class from the State of Oregon

 Charlie Anthony---Ontario HS.

Curt Berger----Hermiston HS

Kary Hadden---Sprague HS

Mike Mechling---Benson HS

Doug Muck---Rex Putnam HS & Central Oregon CC

HD Waddel---Tigard HS

*****All of the foregoing also coached at other high schools early in their career.

Collectively these 6 served as coaches for a total of 171 years! Let’s give them the recognition they deserve by attending the Hall of Fame banquet on April 6th at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Tigard. There is still time to purchase a ticket by sending a check for $50 made out to the OR Chapter of the NWHOF to Ron Sather, 678 SW 35th; Corvallis, OR 97333(by April 1), OR you can buy at the door for $60.

Tyrone Woods, who was killed in the recent attack on the US Embassy in Benghazi, will be also be recognized. Ty was a former State place winner in wrestling at Oregon City HS.

We have included the following in this brief:
1) A "WELL DONE" to all those young men and women who competed successfully in the recent Oregon State Wrestling Championships AND to their coaches, parents, supporters and Brad Garrett of the OSAA.. The Team Champions, by division, were: David Douglas, Hermiston, Crook County, Glide & Lowell--Special Congratulations to them!!
2) A link to another very well written article about some possible behind the scenes reasons for the IOC decision to eliminate wrestling from the Olympics---and how the decision might be changed.
3) A 'hats off' to both Southern Oregon University and Clackamas Community College for their outstanding performances in their respective National Tournaments! Southern Oregon had a record 4 National Champions and the Outstanding Wrestler, but finished a very close second in the NAIA team race. Clackamas had 2 National Champions and finished 3rd in the NJCAA National tournament.
4) Iran, Russia and the United States finished 1st, 2nd & 3rd respectively in the World Cup in Tehran. A jam packed Coliseum of spectators joined the teams in chanting 'The Olympics without wrestling--Never, Never, Never'.
5) Mitch Seavey, from a wrestling family, won the 31st annual Iditarod
Sled Dog Race. For the unitiated the race is an approximately 1,000 mile, 11 day marathon from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska. Mitch's father was a wrestling coach and finished 3rd in the first Iditarod, Mitch wrestled at Pacific U and his son Dallas was member of a US Junior World wrestling team. Mitch became the oldest person to ever win the race and his son Dallas is the youngest to have won. Wrestling tenacity at work!!
***Next up the Beavers at the NCAA in Des Moines, Iowa***

How wrestling lost the Olympics (pdf) More about the IOC's decision to remove Wrestling from the games starting in 2020 in an article written by John Irving   

To Fans of Wrestling,
Some of you may be aware of the action taken by the International Olympic
Committee's Executive Board yesterday to DROP ALL WRESTLING FROM
THE OLYMPIC GAMES BEGINNING IN 2020. This decision was made a by
a group of 15 people on the IOC Board. The Restore College Wrestling
Committee has a response to that decision that we are sharing.

We  RCWOR Steering Committee) have lived long enough to witness the
actions of many rather devious political people who 'load the deck' so that
they can achieve an end that flies in the face of logic. We suspect this is
another of those situations.

If you examine the IOC Executive Board you see the following countries
represented: Belgium, Singapore, Germany(x2), Great Britain, Australia, Rep
of South Africa, Sweden, Taiwan, Switzerland, Ireland, Spain, Ukraine,
Guatemala. Of the TOP 10 countries based on overall wrestling medals in
London NOT A SINGLE COUNTRY was represented on the IOC Board. In fact, of
the top 20 countries in wrestling, based on the 2012 Olympic Games results,
ONLY Ukraine was represented on the IOC Board. If you are called upon to
make a challenging decision, why not make one which will not create lots of
negative feedback in your own country!!

We think all we are seeing here is that we (the wrestling community) have
again been remiss in taking care of politics as it affects Our Sport.
We noticed that the announcement by the IOC included a couple of things you
might anticipate in a situation like this:
1) The voting of individual Board members was SECRET. A flag right away.
Perhaps they are afraid of the Russian Mafia, or the Iranian Basij, or
ALL those who know the value of Our Sport?
2) The statement by the IOC Board was that the decision could be reversed in
a subsequent Board meeting, but that "it was very unlikely in a situation
like this".

We think this is a well conceived ploy, to try to get people to
concede the decision. We suggest that it is VERY UNLIKELY that the 15 Soviet
block countries, the US, Iran, Canada, Japan(and more) will buy into to the
finality of this decision. We believe that the IOC Executive Board will only
succeed in getting these countries to get better organized and unite in
the quest to restore man's oldest sport to the Games.


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