Southwest Washington Wrestling Club: My Site News

Sunday, April 8
2006-07 Reno World Championships
MEDIA ADVISORY
For immediate release
April 20, 2007

Contact:        
Merle Crockett
(360) 263-4947
mcrockett@clarkpud.com

LOCAL WRESTLERS WIN AT RENO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Vancouver, Washington, April 20, 2007 – The Southwest Washington Wrestling Club (SWWWC) had a several of its wrestlers place at the Reno World Championships held April 6-8, 2007 in Reno, Nevada.

Tommy Strassenberg earned the title of Champion by placing first at the Reno World Championships in the eight years and under division at sixty-seven pounds. (See photo attached).

“Tommy competed in the 8 & under division 67# and wrestled over a three day period pinning his opponents up to the semifinals which he won 9-0 and then winning his finals match 7-0. He was not scored on in any of his matches. We attribute this to good head position, hand fighting and attitude all attributes developed by Merle (Crockett) and other coaches”, stated his father Tom Strassenberg.

Josh Newberg placed 4th at the Reno World Championships in the under 12 year old division competing at 67 pounds. “Josh Newberg lost his first match and then battled all the way back through the consolation side of the bracket to wrestle in the medal round for a possible third place finish. He eventually ended up losing a hard fought match by points and finishing a respectable 4th”, stated Tom Strassenberg.

The other Southwest Washington Wrestling Club members who competed in the Reno World Championship tournament include: Jared Newberg (Under 10/58 lbs.) and Emilio Alcantar.

The club works out in the wrestling room at Battle Ground High School from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

If you are interested in joining the SWWWC or would like information regarding Collegiate, Free Style or Greco-Roman wrestling competitions in our area, contact Merle Crockett at (360) 263-4947 or mcrockett@clarkpud.com or visit the SWWWC web site at: www.eteamz.active.com/swwwc

Press Release prepared by Doug Sessions




Tuesday, February 27
2006-07 Northwest Junior Collegiate Wrestling Association Championships
MEDIA ADVISORY
For immediate release
February 26, 2007
Contact: Doug Sessions, (360) 574-9552, doug.sessions@oneeach.com

NORTHWEST REGIONAL WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
Vancouver, Washington, February 26, 2007 – The Southwest Washington Wrestling Club (SWWWC) had twenty-two wrestlers participate, twelve wrestlers place, six SWWWC wrestlers reach the finals, and two earn the title of “Regional Champion” at the Northwest Regional Junior Collegiate Wrestling Association Championships held this weekend at Westview High School in Portland, Oregon.

Name        Age Group        Weight Class        Place
Clint Powers        1991-92        92        1ST
Kyle Walker        1991-92        135        1ST
Emilio Alcantar        1993-94        110        2nd
Jared Kilcup        1991-92        135        3rd
Dillon Hadlock        1991-92        125        5th
Josh Newberg        1995-96        70        2nd
Max Sessions        1995-96        130        2nd
Justin Smalley        1995-96        95        6th
Jared Newberg        1997-98        65        3rd
Tommy Strassenberg        1997-98        65        2nd
Logan Jones        1997-98        75        6th
Jacob Ray        1999-00        50        3rd

In other action, SWWWC member Dillon Hadlock earned the title of Champion winning the 125 pound weight class for wrestlers born 1991-92 at the Elma Freestyle tournament held in Elma, Washington this weekend.

About the Southwest Washington Wrestling Club

Merle Crockett has volunteered as the Head Coach of the SWWWC for eighteen (19) years. Mr. Crockett has also served as Cadet Director for the Washington Wrestling Association. He has also coached the Washington National team, both Greco-Roman and Free Style for ten (10) years. He has coached the U.S. National School Boy Dual Meet team and the Washington Women’s National team twice. In sum, he has coached kids from 6 to 26 years old at more than 60 National tournaments in more than 10 States.

Coach Bob Villa, former 3 time Cuban national champion, is currently volunteering as guest instructor at the club for the duration of the Freestyle/Greco Roman season.

The Southwest Washington Wrestling Club works out in the wrestling room at Battle Ground High School from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

If you are interested in joining the SWWWC visit the club’s web site at www.eteamz.com/swwwc

For information regarding Collegiate, Free Style or Greco-Roman wrestling competitions in our area, contact Merle Crockett at (360) 263-4947 or mcrockett@clarkpud.com


Thursday, February 8
2006-07 Northwest Junior Collegiate Wrestling Association Jamboree RESULTS
MEDIA ADVISORY
For immediate release
Contact: Doug Sessions, (360) 574-9552, doug.sessions@oneeach.com

NW JUNIOR COLLEGIATE WRESTLING ASSOCIATION JAMBOREE RESULTS
Vancouver, Washington, February 3, 2007 – The Southwest Washington Wrestling Club (SWWWC) had sixteen wrestlers participate, thirteen wrestlers place, eight wrestlers reach the finals, and six take first place at the Northwest Junior Collegiate Wrestling Association Jamboreee held Saturday at Forest Grove High School in Forest Grover, Oregon

Name        Age Group        Weight Class        Place
Zachary Anderson        1991-92        150        2nd
Justin Crockford        1993-94        100        1ST
Jacob Johnson        1993-94        115        1st
Shawn Speer        1993-94        100        2nd
Eddie Altukoff        1995-96        85        4th
Max Sessions        1995-96        130        1st
Justin Smalley        1995-96        95        1st
Sean Trenda        1995-96        80        1st
J.J. Talavera        1997-98        60        4th
Michael Hickey        1999-00        65        4th
Logan Jones        1999-00        75        1st
Jacob Ray        1999-00        50        3rd
Noah Talavera        2001-02        45        3rd

“Well, we must be doing something right to have these wrestlers that are new to the sport do so well after our more experienced wrestlers had a similar success rate at State last weekend. I’m proud of all these boys but I have to admit I got something extra out of watching little Jacob Ray win the first match he ever wrestled and go on to finish third. It just doesn’t get much better than that.”, said Merle Crockett, Head Coach, SWWWC.

About the Southwest Washington Wrestling Club

Merle Crockett has volunteered as the Head Coach of the SWWWC for eighteen (19) years. Mr. Crockett has also served as Cadet Director for the Washington Wrestling Association. He has also coached the Washington National team, both Greco-Roman and Free Style for ten (10) years. He has coached the U.S. National School Boy Dual Meet team and the Washington Women’s National team twice. In sum, he has coached kids from 6 to 26 years old at more than 60 National tournaments in more than 10 States. Mitch Powers is currently volunteering as instructor at the club. Coach Powers was the first wrestler to win the Clark County high school wrestling tournament 4 consecutive years (1976-’79). He finished third once and second twice in the State of Washington and went on to distinguished himself as national collegiate and free style champion in 1983 while wrestling for the legendary Dan Gable at the University of Iowa.

The Southwest Washington Wrestling Club works out in the wrestling room at Battle Ground High School from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

If you are interested in joining the SWWWC visit the club’s web site at www.eteamz.active.com/swwwc


Monday, January 29
2006-07 Washington State Folk Style Wrestling Championship Results
MEDIA ADVISORY
For immediate release
January 29, 2007
Contact: Doug Sessions, (360) 574-9552, doug.sessions@oneeach.com

WASHINGTON STATE FOLK STYLE WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
Vancouver, Washington, January 28, 2007 – The Southwest Washington Wrestling Club (SWWWC) had fourteen wrestlers participate, twelve wrestlers place, six SWWWC wrestlers reach the finals, and three earn the title of “State Champion” at the Washington State Folk Style Wrestling Championships held this weekend.

Name        Age Group        Weight Class        Place
Clint Powers        1991-92        92        2nd
Kyle Walker        1991-92        125        1ST
Emilio Alcantar        1993-94        110        1st
Ethan Buchan        1993-94        145        2nd
Levi Buchan        1993-94        96        4th
Jacob Johnson        1993-94        110        7th
Dustin Powers        1993-94        110        4th
Josh Newberg        1995-96        70        1st
Max Sessions        1995-96        130        2nd
Jared Newberg        1997-98        65        3rd
Tommy Strassenberg        1997-98        70        5th
Adam Smalley        1999-00        65        8th

The Washington State Folk Style Wrestling Championships is one of the largest amateur sporting events in the State. This year approximately 1000 youth wrestlers participated in this USA Wrestling sanctioned tournament held January 27-28, 2007 at University High School in Spokane, Washington.

Team scores were as follows:

1. Bear Claw 77.0
2. Orting Cougars 76.0
3. NWWC 73.0
4. Puyallup Wrestling Club 68.0
5. Takedown Express 68.0
6. Bethel Freestyle 63.0
7. USA Everett 62.0
8. Viper Wrestling Club 61.0
9. Big Cat Wrestling 58.0
10. South West Washington Wrestling Club (SWWWC) 58.0

About the Southwest Washington Wrestling Club

Merle Crockett has volunteered as the Head Coach of the SWWWC for eighteen (19) years. Mr. Crockett has also served as Cadet Director for the Washington Wrestling Association. He has also coached the Washington National team, both Greco-Roman and Free Style for ten (10) years. He has coached the U.S. National School Boy Dual Meet team and the Washington Women’s National team twice. In sum, he has coached kids from 6 to 26 years old at more than 60 National tournaments in more than 10 States. Mitch Powers is currently volunteering as instructor at the club. Coach Powers was the first wrestler to win the Clark County high school wrestling tournament 4 consecutive years (1976-’79). He finished third once and second twice in the State of Washington and went on to distinguished himself as national collegiate and free style champion in 1983 while wrestling for the legendary Dan Gable at the University of Iowa.

The Southwest Washington Wrestling Club works out in the wrestling room at Battle Ground High School from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

If you are interested in joining the SWWWC visit the club’s web site at www.eteamz.active.com/swwwc

For information regarding Collegiate, Free Style or Greco-Roman wrestling competitions in our area, contact Merle Crockett at (360) 263-4947 or mcrockett@clarkpud.com



Monday, January 22
2006-07 West Coast Championships & Tulsa Nationals Tournament Results
MEDIA ADVISORY
For immediate release
January 21, 2007
Contact: Doug Sessions, (360) 574-9552, doug.sessions@oneeach.com

WEST COAST CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING TOURNAMENT RESULTS
Vancouver, Washington, January 20, 2007 – The Southwest Washington Wrestling Club (SWWWC) had ten (4) wrestlers place at the West Coast Championship wrestling tournament held this weekend at Churchill High School in Eugene, Oregon.

Name        Age Class        Weight Class        Place
Clint Powers        1991-92        92        1st
Levi Buchan        1993-94        96        2nd
Ethan Buchan        1993-94        165        1st
Jared Newberg        1997-98        60        1st

Jared Newberg was also recognized as Outstanding Wrestler for the tournament for pinning five (5) of his opponents on the way to his to his championship.

Also this weekend, Tommy Strassenberg placed 5th at the 52nd Annual Cliff Keen Tulsa Nationals held in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Tommy qualified to compete at Tulsa by earning the title of Champion and placing first at the Cliff Keen Reno Nationals Tournament in the eight years and under division at sixty-seven pounds held in Reno, Nevada in December 2006.

About the Southwest Washington Wrestling Club

Merle Crockett has volunteered as the Head Coach of the SWWWC for eighteen (19) years. Mr. Crockett has also served as Cadet Director for the Washington Wrestling Association. He has also coached the Washington National team, both Greco-Roman and Free Style for ten (10) years. He has coached the U.S. National School Boy Dual Meet team and the Washington Women’s National team twice. In sum, he has coached kids from 6 to 26 years old at more than 60 National tournaments in more than 10 States.

Mitch Powers is currently volunteering as guest instructor at the club. Coach Powers was the first wrestler to win the Clark County high school wrestling tournament 4 consecutive years (1976-’79). He finished third once and second twice in the State of Washington and went on to distinguished himself as national collegiate and free style champion in 1983 while wrestling for the legendary Dan Gable at the University of Iowa.

The Southwest Washington Wrestling Club works out in the wrestling room at Battle Ground High School from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

If you are interested in joining the SWWWC visit the club’s web site at www.eteamz.active.com/swwwc

For information regarding Collegiate, Free Style or Greco-Roman wrestling competitions in our area, contact Merle Crockett at (360) 263-4947 or mcrockett@clarkpud.com



Monday, January 15
2006-07 Oregon Classic/Forest Grove Tournament Results
MEDIA ADVISORY
For immediate release
January 14, 2007
Contact: Doug Sessions, (360) 574-9552, doug.sessions@oneeach.com

OREGON CLASSIC WRESTLING TOURNAMENT RESULTS
Vancouver, Washington, January 14, 2006 – The Southwest Washington Wrestling Club (SWWWC) had ten (6) wrestlers place at the Oregon Classic wrestling tournament held this weekend. The Oregon Classic is one of the largest amateur sporting events in the region. More than 1000 college, high school and youth wrestlers participated in this USA Wrestling sanctioned tournament held at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond, Oregon

Name        Age Class        Weight Class        Place
Clint Powers        1991-92        92        4th
Emilio Alcantar        1993-94        110        4th
Levi Buchan        1993-94        96        3rd
Josh Newberg        1995-96        70        4th
Max Sessions        1995-96        130        2nd
Tommy Strassenberg        1997-98        70        4th

In Northwest Junior Collegiate Wrestling Association league action, the following SWWWC members placed at a tournament held at Forest Grove High School: Zach Anderson (2nd) and Justin Crockford (2nd).

About the Southwest Washington Wrestling Club

Merle Crockett has volunteered as the Head Coach of the SWWWC for eighteen (19) years. Mr. Crockett has also served as Cadet Director for the Washington Wrestling Association. He has also coached the Washington National team, both Greco-Roman and Free Style for ten (10) years. He has coached the U.S. National School Boy Dual Meet team and the Washington Women’s National team twice. In sum, he has coached kids from 6 to 26 years old at more than 60 National tournaments in more than 10 States.

Mitch Powers is currently volunteering as instructor at the club. Coach Powers was the first wrestler to win the Clark County high school wrestling tournament 4 consecutive years (1976-’79). He finished third once and second twice in the State of Washington and went on to distinguished himself as national collegiate and free style champion in 1983 while wrestling for the legendary Dan Gable at the University of Iowa.

The Southwest Washington Wrestling Club works out in the wrestling room at Battle Ground High School from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

If you are interested in joining the SWWWC visit the club’s web site at www.eteamz.active.com/swwwc

For information regarding Collegiate, Free Style or Greco-Roman wrestling competitions in our area, contact Merle Crockett at (360) 263-4947 or mcrockett@clarkpud.com


Monday, January 15
2006-07 Newberg Tournament Results
MEDIA ADVISORY
For immediate release
January 8, 2006
Contact: Doug Sessions, (360) 574-9552, doug.sessions@oneeach.com

NEWBERG WRESTLING TOURNAMENT RESULTS
Vancouver, Washington, January 6, 2006 – The Southwest Washington Wrestling Club (SWWWC) had ten (10) wrestlers place at a USA Wrestling sanctioned tournament held at Newberg High School in Newberg, Oregon this weekend.

Name        Age Class        Weight Class        Place
Clint Powers        1991-92        92        1st
Dillon Kilcup        1991-92        120        1st
Emilio Alcantar        1993-94        110        1st
Levi Buchan        1993-94        96        2nd
Ethan Buchan        1993-94        150        3rd
Max Sessions        1995-96        130        3rd
Jared Newberg        1997-98        60        2nd
Tommy Strassenberg        1997-98        70        3rd
Adam Smalley        1999-00        65        2nd
Noah Talavera        1999-00        45        !st

By placing in this tournament these wrestlers qualified to participate in the Oregon Classic wrestling tournament to be held at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond, Oregon next weekend January 13-14, 2007. The Oregon Classic is one of the largest amateur sporting events in the region with more than 1000 young people expected to participate.

About the Southwest Washington Wrestling Club

Merle Crockett has volunteered as the Head Coach of the SWWWC for eighteen (19) years. Mr. Crockett has also served as Cadet Director for the Washington Wrestling Association. He has also coached the Washington National team, both Greco-Roman and Free Style for ten (10) years. He has coached the U.S. National School Boy Dual Meet team and the Washington Women’s National team twice. In sum, he has coached kids from 6 to 26 years old at more than 60 National tournaments in more than 10 States.

Mitch Powers is currently volunteering as instructor at the club. Coach Powers was the first wrestler to win the Clark County high school wrestling tournament 4 consecutive years (1976-’79). He finished third once and second twice in the State of Washington and went on to distinguished himself as national collegiate and free style champion in 1983 while wrestling for the legendary Dan Gable at the University of Iowa.

The Southwest Washington Wrestling Club works out in the wrestling room at Battle Ground High School from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

If you are interested in joining the SWWWC visit the club’s web site at www.eteamz.active.com/swwwc

For information regarding Collegiate, Free Style or Greco-Roman wrestling competitions in our area, contact Merle Crockett at (360) 263-4947 or mcrockett@clarkpud.com


Tuesday, December 19
2006-07 Reser Founder's Cup Results
Media Alert - For Immediate Release

Vancouver, Washington, December 16, 2006 – The Southwest Washington Wrestling Club (SWWWC) had twelve wrestlers place at the Reser Founder’s Cup wrestling tournament held at Scappoose high school in Scappoose, Oregon this weekend.

Name        Age Class        Weight Class        Place
Clint Powers        1991-92        91        1st
Kyle Walker        1991-92        135        1st
Emilio Alcantar        1993-94        110        2nd
Levi Buchan        1993-94        96        2nd
Dustin Powers        1993-94        105        3rd
Bo Smith               1993-94        135        2nd
Josh Newberg        1995-96        70        1st
Max Sessions        1995-96        130        2nd
Jared Newberg        1997-98        60        2nd
Tommy Strassenberg        1997-98        70        3rd
Noah Talavera        1999-00        45        2nd


Mitch Powers is currently volunteering as lead instructor at the club. Coach Powers was the first wrestler to win the Clark County high school wrestling tournament 4 consecutive years (1976-’79). He finished third once and second twice in the State of Washington and went on to distinguished himself as national collegiate and free style champion in 1983 while wrestling for the legendary Dan Gable at the University of Iowa.

The Southwest Washington Wrestling Club works out in the wrestling room at Battle Ground High School from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

If you are interested in joining the SWWWC visit the SWWWC web site at www.eteamz.active.com/swwwc

For information regarding Collegiate, Free Style or Greco-Roman wrestling competitions in our area, contact Merle Crockett at (360) 263-4947 or mcrockett@clarkpud.com


Tuesday, December 12
2006-07 Brothers Place at Travis West Classic for SWWWC
MEDIA ADVISORY
For immediate release
December 12, 2006

Contact:        
Merle Crockett
(360) 263-4947
mcrockett@clarkpud.com

Vancouver, Washington, December 9, 2006 – The Southwest Washington Wrestling Club (SWWWC) had two sets of brothers place at the Travis West Classic wrestling tournament held at Grant high school in Portland, Oregon this weekend.

Josh Newberg (70 lbs.) placed 1st in the Novice division for participants born in 1995-1996. And, his brother, Jared (60 lbs.) placed 2nd in the Midget division for participants born in 1997-1998. In addition, Levi Buchan (95 lbs.) placed 1st and Ethan (150 lbs.) placed 2nd in the School Boy division for participants born in 1993-1994.

Mitch Powers is currently volunteering as lead instructor at the club. Coach Powers was the first wrestler to win the Clark County high school wrestling tournament 4 consecutive years (1976-’79). He finished third once and second twice in the State of Washington and went on to distinguished himself as national collegiate and free style champion in 1983 while wrestling for the legendary Dan Gable at the University of Iowa.

The Southwest Washington Wrestling Club works out in the wrestling room at Battle Ground High School from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

If you are interested in joining the SWWWC visit the SWWWC web site at www.eteamz.active.com/swwwc

For information regarding Collegiate, Free Style or Greco-Roman wrestling competitions in our area, contact Merle Crockett at (360) 263-4947 or mcrockett@clarkpud.com


Friday, December 8
2006-07 Cliff Keen Reno National Champion & More
LOCAL WRESTLERS HAVE SUCCESS ACROSS THE WESTERN U.S.

Vancouver, Washington, December 2, 2006 – The Southwest Washington Wrestling Club (SWWWC) had a several of its wrestlers place in a series of tournaments held across several western states this weekend.

Tommy Strassenberg earned the title of Champion by placing first at the Cliff Keen Reno Nationals Tournament in the eight years and under division at sixty-seven pounds held in Reno, Nevada this weekend. Tommy’s father stated, “Tommy wrestled as well as he has ever wrestled winning his semi-final match 9-0 and out scoring his opponent convincingly in the finals 10-2.” Tommy’s first place finish qualifies him for the U.S. national tournament to be held in Tulsa, Oklahoma in January.

In tournament wrestling elsewhere in the region, Josh (70 lbs.) and Jared (60 lbs.) Newberg each finished in first place at their respective age/weight divisions at the T-n-T Tournament held in Tualatin, Oregon this weekend. Cliff Powers finished in 2nd place suffering a loss in overtime in the finals at the ninety-two pound division. And, his cousin, Dustin Powers also finished 2nd at the one hundred and eight pound division.

Matt “the Rocket” Crockett, finished in third place wrestling in the 171 lbs weight class at a tournament held in Bonney Lake, Washington.

In addition, the following wrestlers participated in their first tournament ever for the SWWWC at the Northwest Junior Collegiate Wrestling Association league tournament held at Oregon City high school this weekend: David Butler, Issac Lewis, Devlin Nipper, Jacob Painter, Sean Ritchie, Noah and J.J. Talavera, and William Treadwell.

Mitch Powers is currently volunteering as lead instructor at the club. Coach Powers was the first wrestler to win the Clark County high school wrestling tournament 4 consecutive years (1976-’79). He finished third once and second twice in the State of Washington and went on to distinguished himself as national collegiate and free style champion in 1983 while wrestling for the legendary Dan Gable at the University of Iowa.

The club works out in the wrestling room at Battle Ground High School from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

If you are interested in joining the SWWWC or would like information regarding Collegiate, Free Style or Greco-Roman wrestling competitions in our area, contact Merle Crockett at (360) 263-4947 or mcrockett@clarkpud.com or visit the SWWWC web site at: www.eteamz.active.com/swwwc

Press Release prepared by Doug Sessions


Saturday, December 2
2006-07 League Tournament: Oregon City
Congratulations to the following wrestlers who successfully competed in their first tournament for the SWWWC: David Butler, Isaac Lewis, Devlin Nipper, Jacob Painter, Sean Ritchie, Noah Talavera & JJ Talavera and William Treadwell.

Saturday, November 25
2006-07 Pacific Coast Championships
PACIFIC COAST WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS held
November 25, 2006 – Seaside High School, Seaside, Oregon

Vancouver, Washington — The Southwest Washington Wrestling Club (SWWWC) performed well at the Pacific Coast Championships held at Seaside High School November 25, 2006. Several hundred wrestlers from Washington and Oregon participated in the event sanctioned by USA Wrestling.

SWWWC Head Coach, Merle Crockett said, “These wrestlers performed very well right out of the gates this year at what is known to be a tough, early season tournament. It is gratifying to see how highly the handful of our kids that chose to participate from our club placed.”

The following wrestlers from the SWWWC placed accordingly in the tournament:

1ST        Max Sessions (130 lbs.)
2nd        Clint Powers (92 lbs.); Dustin Powers (110 lbs.); Tommy Strassenberg (70 lbs.)

Merle Crockett has volunteered as the Head Coach of the SWWWC for eighteen (18) years. The club works out in the wrestling room at Battle Ground High School from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Mr. Crockett has also served as Cadet Director for the Washington Wrestling Association. He has also coached the Washington National team, both Greco-Roman and Free Style for ten (10) years. He has coached the U.S. National School Boy Dual Meet team and the Washington Women’s National team twice. In sum, he has coached kids from 6yrs to 26yrs at more than 60 National tournaments in more than 10 States.

If you are interested in joining the SWWWC or would like information regarding Collegiate, Free Style or Greco-Roman wrestling competitions in our area, contact Merle Crockett at (360) 263-4947 or mcrockett@clarkpud.com or visit the SWWWC web site at: www.eteamz.active.com/swwwc

Press Release prepared by Doug Sessions.


Friday, November 10
2005-06 North West Junior Collegiate Wrestling Association Championships
NORTHWEST JUNIOR COLLEGIATE WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS February 25- 26, 2006 - West View High School, Beaverton, Oregon

Vancouver, Washington — The Southwest Washington Wrestling Club (SWWWC) performed well at the Northwest Junior Collegiate Wrestling Championships held at West View High School February 25-26, 2006. Approximately eight hundred (800) wrestlers from Washington, Oregon and Idaho participated in the two-day event. The tournament was sponsored by the Northwest Junior Collegiate Wrestling Association and was sanctioned by USA Wrestling.

SWWWC Head Coach, Merle Crockett said, “We had a lot of our wrestlers end their Collegiate wrestling seasons on a high note competing against some of the best talent in the Pacific Northwest. We have a strong core group and I am pleased to say that a number of these same wrestlers will go on to wrestle Free Style and Greco-Roman for us now.”

The following wrestlers from the SWWWC placed accordingly in the tournament:

1ST        Jared Newberg (55 lbs.); Tommy Strassenberg (60 lbs.);
2nd        Max Sessions (112 lbs.); Kyle Walker (125 lbs.);Dean Rogers (160 Lbs.)
3rd        Shawn Dugan (60 lbs.); Bo Smith (125 Lbs.); Jake Smith (140 Lbs.)
4th        Josh Newberg (65 lbs.); Tyler Wicken (70 lbs.)

Merle Crockett has volunteered as the Head Coach of the SWWWC for eighteen (18) years. The club works out in the wrestling room at Battle Ground High School from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Mr. Crockett also serves as Cadet Director for the Washington Wrestling Association. He has also coached the Washington National team, both Greco-Roman and Free Style for ten (10) years. He has coached the U.S. National School Boy Dual Meet team and the Washington Women’s National team twice. In sum, he has coached kids from 6yrs to 26yrs at more than 60 National tournaments in more than 10 States.

If you are interested in joining the SWWWC or would like information regarding Collegiate, Free Style or Greco-Roman wrestling competitions in our area, contact Merle Crockett at (360) 263-4947 or mcrockett@clarkpud.com.

Press Release prepared by Doug Sessions.


Friday, November 10
2005-06 Washington State Folkstyle Wrestling Tournament
WASHINGTON STATE FOLK STYLE WRESTLING TOURNAMENT HELD AT BATTLEGROUND HIGH SCHOOL – JANUARY 28-29, 2006

Vancouver, Washington — The Southwest Washington Wrestling Club (SWWWC) performed well at the Washington State Folk Style Wrestling Tournament held at Battle Ground High School January 28-29, 2006. Nine hundred and fifty-two (952) wrestlers ranging from the ages of 4 to 56 from across the State of Washington participated in the two-day event. The tournament was sponsored by the Washington State Wrestling Association and sanctioned by USA Wrestling. The State meet serves as a qualifier for wresters older than 8 years of age to participate at a national level. Tournament Director, Merle Crockett said, “I received a lot of positive comments from parents and coaches that we ran a good tournament and they enjoyed visiting our community.”

More than 75 volunteers including wrestling club parents and Battle Ground High School Baseball players and coaches worked in registration, weigh-ins, staging, score keeping, time keeping, hospitality, janitorial and security to make the tournament possible. Proceeds from the event estimated to be $10,000.00 will be donated from the SWWWC to the Battle Ground High School Baseball program. Mr. Crockett said, “You can’t do something this big without a lot of help and our volunteers really came through us.”

Mr.Crockett, who has served as volunteer Head Coach of the SWWWC for almost 20 years now, also said, “I am extremely proud of how our wrestlers performed against the best wrestlers from around the State.”

The following wrestlers from the SWWWC placed accordingly in the tournament:

Emilio Alcantar, 7th (105 lbs.); Blake Baxter, 5th (152 lbs.); Joey Bong, 2nd (130 lbs.); Ethan Buchan 6th (120 lbs.); Levi Buchan 5th (80 Lbs.); Gabe Bunker, 5th (105 lbs.); Matt “the Rocket” Crockett, 1st (160 lbs.), Anthony Hayes, 1st (130 lbs.); Adam Mendez, 1st (120); Josh Newberg, 7th (65 lbs.), Clint Powers 4th (90 Lbs.); Sawyer Racanelli, 3rd (45 lbs.); Canon Racanelli 1st (50 lbs.); Nick Reeves 1st (125); Max Sessions 4th (112 lbs.); Justin Smalley 6th (90 lbs.); John Smarr 5th (70 lbs.); Cody Start 8th (130 lbs.); Tommy Strassenberg 1st (60 lbs.); Gunner Tarkington 5th (60 lbs.); Kyle Walker 2nd (125 lbs.); Cody Veitenheimer 3rd (130).

For additional information contact, Merle Crockett, (360) 263-4947 or mcrockett@clarkpud.com.

See photo (attached). - Press Release prepared by Doug Sessions.