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Wrestlers prepare for 1976-77 season
By Randy Frank
Clackamas Community College Wrestling
coach Norm Berney feels very optimistic
about the coming season.
"Barring extensive injuries and eligibility
problems, our 1976 team should be as tough
or tougher than last year's team," said Ber
According to Coach Berney, the biggest
asset that the 1976 team will have is depth.
This year's turnout of 35 is almost twice the
number that turned out last year and will
tend to give the team a bit more security.
There are 12 returning wrestlers who were
on last year's team, including two who
wrestled in the national finals. Berney feels
very optimistic about the new faces that
have been recruited from the local area, in
cluding two walk-ons, who if they can get
past their eligibility problems, will definitely
be a big asset to the team.
Still, the 1976 team will have to be
pretty tough to beat last year's team. State
champions for the seventh time, the 1976
team finished second to North Idaho, the
No. 1 team in the nation, in Regionals.
In the process CCC qualified six wrestlers
for the Nationals, including three champions.
In the Nationals, Clackamas took an im
pressive twelfth place out of the 500 junior
colleges that took part. One of the major
factors in their finish was the national cham
pionship performance of John Olson at 118
However, the 1976 team does not in
clude John Olson and his fellow champs,
Vern Bush and John Jenkins. Coach Berney
feels strongly that he can more than ade
quately fill their shoes.
Two of the reasons for Berney's optimism
are Jeff Harmon and Tom Ziegle, who both
have the knowledge of what it's like to
wrestle in the Nationals.
Jeff Harmon, a 190-pounder from The
Dalles High School, is a former AAA state
champ. For Clackamas, he finished second
in state competition, which qualified him for
Regionals. He finished third in Regionals and
went on from there to participate in the
Nationals. A fine competitor at either 177
or 190, Harmon is a very important part of
the success of the Clackamas wrestling team.
Tom Ziegle, a 126-pounder out of Rex
Putnam, is also a former AAA state cham
pion. In 1974, he was the Canadian Grecco-
Roman Champion. For Clackamas, he fin
ished third in Regionals and went on to
participate in the Nationals. A fine com-
Kickers split tilts; one game left
The Clackamas Community College soc
cer team split a pair of away games last
week beating Concordia 2-1 Tuesday, Nov.
9, but losing to Reed 2-0 under the lights of
Portland Civic Stadium Wednesday, Nov. 10.
The women's volleyball team won all of
their matches last week and finished league
play with a record of 8-2.
In a tri-dual match held at Clark Com
munity College in Vancouver, Washington
the women beat Umpqua by a score of 15-
13 and 15-11. They also defeated Clark by
a score of 15-12 and 15-11.
The womens volleyball team then played
George Fox College at home and won that
match 15-7 and 15-11.
Their final regular season matches were
held at Central Oregon College where they
defeated Pacific University (15-5 and 15-12)
and Central Oregon (15-7 and 15-8).
The team plays next in the AIAW tourn
ament. If the women can place in this meet
they will journey to San Diego to take part
in more tournament action.
The Cougar football team finished their
season with a disappointing loss to Treasure
Valley in last Saturday's game with a final
score of 10-20.
"We were flat. We shouldn't have lost,"
said Cougar head coach Dale McGriff after
the Treasure Valley loss.
The loss left Clackamas with a 5-5 record
for the season (5-4 in the NWAACC), which
ties the 1973 mark as the second best in
Against Concordia, Clackamas was in a
hole early as the opposing scored quickly.
But CCC came back later in the first half
scoring on a low, hard drive from the left
edge of the penalty area leaving the score
tied 1-1 at the half.
Late in the second half, just as the game's
outcome seemed fated for a tie, Clackamas
scored again from almost exactly the same
place on the field as their first goal.
Throughout the game, CCC had many
chances to score as almost constant pres
sure on Concordia's defense created many
prime openings. But "Lady Luck" seemed
to be ignoring the Cougars as shot after
shot either missed, or hit one of the goal
posts, or went in only to be nullified by a
foul or offsides. Luckily for Clackamas,
things went right on two occasions and they
added another win to the season's cam
On the rug at Civic Stadium against Reed,
CCC played a good game against an excellent
defensive team. Scoring opportunities were
few and far between for the Cougars, but
the defense managed to contain Reed of
fense that sputtered and wavered but did
get one goal each half close in front of the
Reed had a fine group of defensemen
and midfielders, but their offense wasn't too
accurate in shooting at the Cougar net. Be
cause of Reed's control of the midfield,
they were in possession of the ball a ma
jority of the time. Thus, CCC didn't have
much of a chance to score, being forced to
play almost constant defense.
With one game left to play in the season,
CCC has a respectable record of 3-5-1 for
only the second year of interscholastic soc
petitor, many feel that Ziegle is one6
finest wrestlers in the nation.
Also returning this year is Scott Ml
a 177-pounder out of Rex Putnam. I
school Scott finished third in the I
Grecco and fifth in the state in frl
An outstanding pinner, McLaren shl
one of the top contenders in the st!
Others returning this year incluej
Schwehn, Bill Davey, and Rich Hc|
Schwehn, a 118-pounder out of Lal
High School, is a former state corn]
who held a 22 and 3 mark his senil
For Clackamas, Schwehn's desire hal
him a fine collegiate wrestler.
Also returning this year includl
Roehl, a 190-pounder from Tillamool
School, who compiled a 34 and 1 ml
senior year; and Brent Duval, a heavy!
out of Milwaukie High School, who fl
fourth in state high school comp!
Others include Keith Ohta, a 118-pl
out of Molalla High School, who til
first in both freestyle and Grecco chai
ships, and finished fourth in state col
Rounding out the returnees are PI
zan, a 142-pounder from Rex Putnam
Sigler, 158-pounder out of St. Helen«
School; and Wayne Snoderly, a 167-pl
out of Wilson High School, who wasl
stater in football, wrestling and basl
As for the competition this year, Bfc
describes it as being "loaded".
It looks like an uphill battle fol
Cougars all the way. But as coach Berni
it, "We're going to be as tough or tel
than last year's team" so they will,!
likelihood, reign again as state champs.
Their first meet is a Wrestle-Off ol
urday, Nov. 21. Their first dual nt’
against the University of Oregon on Nol
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