Clackamas Repeats at NWCA National Duals

Published On January 14, 2016 | By Tony Hager | College, Interviews, Wrestling News

Fort Wayne, Indiana The Clackamas Community College wrestling team won the NWCA National Dual Meet Championship this weekend to earn the 3rd straight National Dual Championship and 4th out of the past 6 years!

The Cougars made the long journey to Indiana starting with a flight from Portland to Chicago then drove the 3 ½ hours to For Wayne before hitting the mats on Friday to take on #25 Triton whom they defeated in the opening round 47 to -1.

“We started strong on Friday morning and really looked to put points on the board in that first dual,” said coach Josh Rhoden.

The Cougars followed that up with a wild 16-15 come from behind win over #5 Iowa Western that took a major decision from Brendan Harkey and Brandon Johnson to allow the team to advance to Saturday morning’s semifinal vs. the #1 team in the country NE Oklahoma A&M.

The semifinal pitted two very familiar coaches in Joe Renfro (NE Oklahoma, Formerly of Labette) and Josh Rhoden.  The two have competed against each other each year that Clackamas has attended the duals and on Saturday the Cougar team prevailed 26-10 with John Leal getting a huge individual win over #6 ranked Dawaylon Barnes at 157 lbs.

Clackamas took 7 of the 10 contests and moved to Saturday night’s final for the 3rd straight time and this year against #2 Ellsworth Community College out of Iowa.

The final was a pairing of two very evenly matched teams with swings in both direction for and against the Cougars.  When the dust had settled the two teams were tied at 18 apiece.  Based on NCAA rule the National Champion would be decided on criteria which Clackamas won by earning the most total match points 39-34 (tie broken by criteria 3.15.4).

“My initial reaction on being  announced Champs was simply happiness for our guys,” said Rhoden on the accomplishment.  “I am so proud of this group of men! Also too, a little relief as the road to that point was so exhausting.”

“I think it is so important to recognize all of the coaches, athletes, supporters, staff members and our trainer Kevin Arizo who have elevated our program to the point that we have three straight National Championships and have won four of the last six,” concluded coach Rhoden”

Next Up: Clackamas moves to 12-2 on the year and will be up next against Southwestern Oregon CC in Coos Bay this Saturday night.  We are back home January 23rd against West Region rival North Idaho College.


125 – DeVaughn Sapien (CCC) over Tepra Wright (ECC) Dec 8-3

133 – Michael Knoblauch (CCC) over Blake Walker (ECC) Dec 6-1

141 – Bobby Alexander (ECC) over Zechariah Bresser (CCC) Dec 6-3

149 – Christopher Garcia (CCC) over Marcus Thompson (ECC) Fall 5:50

157 – Matthew Rodriguez-Kirkland (ECC) over John Leal (CCC) Dec 7-2

165 – Sadarriss Patterson (ECC) over Brendan Harkey (CCC) Dec 10-5

174 – Jordan Gundrum (ECC) over Tommy Brewster (CCC) Fall 5:33

184 – Haszell West (CCC) over De`Andre Jones (ECC) Dec 7-2

197 – John Morin (CCC) over Terry Martin (ECC) Dec 6-0

285 – Dalonte Holland (ECC) over Brandon Johnson (CCC) Dec 5-2

*- tie broken by criteria 3.15.4.


Clackamas 26, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M 10
125 – Logan Terrill (A&M) over DeVaughn Sapien (CCC) Dec 10-6
133 – Michael Knoblauch (CCC) over Curtis Burnett (A&M) Maj 18-8
141 – Zechariah Bresser (CCC) over Asa Alex Nelson (A&M) Dec 3-2
149 – Christopher Garcia (CCC) over Dustin Hayden (A&M) Fall 3:59
157 – John Leal (CCC) over Dawaylon Barnes (A&M) Dec 3-2
165 – Brendan Harkey (CCC) over Dillon McCaleb (A&M) Maj 10-0
174 – Jacobe Smith (A&M) over Tommy Brewster (CCC) Maj 13-4
184 – Haszell West (CCC) over Jacob Hill (A&M) Dec 7-4
197 – John Morin (CCC) over Josh Latham (A&M) SV-1 7-5
285 – Blake Andrews (A&M) over Brandon Johnson (CCC) Dec 3-1


Clackamas 16, Iowa Western Community College 15
125 – Printice Walls (IW) over DeVaughn Sapien (CCC) Dec 8-6
133 – Clay Stine (IW) over Michael Knoblauch (CCC) Maj 15-7
141 – Zechariah Bresser (CCC) over Colton Adams (IW) Dec 4-3
149 – Oscar Ramirez (IW) over Christopher Garcia (CCC) Dec 4-2
157 – Chase Lemons (IW) over Brandon Davidson (CCC) Dec 10-6
165 – Brendan Harkey (CCC) over Jro Byrd (IW) Maj 10-1
174 – Preston Lauterbach (IW) over Tommy Brewster (CCC) Dec 13-10
184 – Haszell West (CCC) over Jhalen Flanders (IW) Dec 9-4
197 – John Morin (CCC) over Luke Nohns (IW) Dec 5-3
285 – Brandon Johnson (CCC) over Stephen Boone (IW) Maj 14-0
Clackamas’s team score was adjusted by -1.000 for UnsportsmanLike
Iowa Western’s team score was adjusted by -1.000 for unsportsman like


Clackamas 47, Triton College 1
125 – DeVaughn Sapien (CCC) over James Gallardo (TC) Dec 11-5
133 – Michael Knoblauch (CCC) over Daniel Emma (TC) Maj 20-8
141 – Zechariah Bresser (CCC) over Mike Malles (TC) Dec 6-5
149 – Christopher Garcia (CCC) over Justin Balkcom (TC) Fall 2:10
157 – Brandon Davidson (CCC) over Eric Dobbins (TC) DQ
165 – Brendan Harkey (CCC) over Derek Horine (TC) Fall 2:11
174 – Tommy Brewster (CCC) over Shawn Swiderek (TC) Maj 17-4
184 – Haszell West (CCC) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf
197 – John Morin (CCC) over John Garrahy (TC) Fall 1:07
285 – Brandon Johnson (CCC) over Robert Carson (TC) Dec 3-0
Triton College’s team score was adjusted by -1.000 for flagrant misconduct




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