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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
Mon Jan 6 Barlow 7:00pm
Tue Jan 7 Crook County 6:30pm
Thurs Jan 9 Crescent Valley 7:30pm
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
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
Other items of note as the collegiate wrestling
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
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.
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
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 SEASON IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER, SO
GO TO A WEBSITE WHICH LISTS SOME OF THE
WRESTLING ACTION IN YOUR AREA.
THE ANNUAL OPEN TOURNAMENTS AT
PACIFIC U(Nov 10)
SOU THE FOLLOWING WEEKEND(Nov. 16, 17)
WILL SERVE TO OFFICIALLY OPEN THE SEASON. WE
WILL BE SENDING OUT A LIMITED AMOUNT OF
INFORMATION REGARDING SCHEDULES, THROUGHOUT THE
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
Summer updates on matters relating to Our
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,
Kiera Gabaldon , N Salem, 3rd/Junior FS, 130#
On the boys side:
Ronnie Bresser, Henley, CHAMPION/Jr Greco,
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
support for Olympic wrestling by following this
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
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
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
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
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
We have included the following in
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
2) A link to another very well written
about some possible behind the scenes reasons
for the IOC decision to eliminate wrestling from
the Olympics---and how the decision might be
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
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
***Next up the Beavers at the NCAA in Des
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
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