It is no secret Clackamas Community College has a successful wrestling program. That success comes in part thanks to fundraisers like the annual Crab Feed and Auction, which was among COVID-19 cancellations this year.
So, the college is attempting to help the wrestlers make weight, in dollars that is, by hosting an online fundraising campaign for the team at give.clackamas.edu/wrestling.
"I'm devastated to announce that due to COVID-19 our Crab Feed, wrestling camps and tournaments have all been canceled," said CCC wrestling coach Josh Rhoden. "These are our only sources of funding this nationally prominent program. Without the revenue these events generate, I worry that we will give up ground that took us 15 years to gain."
Last year, the Crab Feed set a record, raising $53,000. According to a news release from the college, these donations directly impact the college's ability to: outfit the wrestling team, provide travel, gain exposure for the athletes, and continue to recruit talent for the coming year.
In an effort to see the wrestling program continue to operate at full capacity, the college is seeking to raise $30,000 with the substitute fundraiser, which will end on what would have been the Crab Feed date of Sept. 26.
"Even though we are not having our popular Crab Feed and Auction we are asking for your continued support by making a donation to our team through the CCC Foundation," Rhoden said.
Any and all donations, according to Rhoden, are key to keeping the wrestling program in the top position.
"Help us continue to produce high-quality wrestlers, students and young men," Rhoden said. "Your continued support is going to be instrumental in our maintaining the type of program we have all come to know and love."
And what type of program is that, exactly?
Over the past 10 years, since the 2010-11 season, CCC wrestling has either won the National Championship or finished as the National Runner Up on six occasions, according to the college. The other four finishes were fourth, third, third and sixth respectively.
In that time, the team also has won seven National Dual Meet Championships and has seen 66 wrestlers named All-Americans.
According to the college, the wrestlers have not only seen success on the mat but also in the classroom. Seventy-five percent of the student-athletes graduate or transfer within two years.
Of course, Rhoden would like to see that success persist for years to come.
"Help us overcome adversity and move into the next decade of dominance," Rhoden said.
For more information on the wrestling program, visit www.clackamas.edu/wrestling.
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