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Menlo College named, CCC Les Schwab Champions of Character Team

Date of competition: Friday, June 28, 2019

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The Menlo College wrestling program, along with the Eastern Oregon University volleyball program, was named the recipients of the Cascade Collegiate Conference Les Schwab Champions of Character Team award, the league office announced.

The inaugural award, recognizing one male and one female team, is voted on by the conference athletic directors based on nominations from schools.

"On our member school campuses athletic teams throughout each of the athletic departments are engaged in activities that exemplify the NAIA core values of Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Sportsmanship and Servant Leadership," stated CCC Commissioner Robert Cashell. "These newly minted awards serve as a way to celebrate the efforts."

The Menlo men's wrestling team, led by coach Joey Martinez, had an impressive year.

On the mat the Oaks placed second in the CCC championships with 131.5 points. Blaysen Terukina (133) and Anthony Orozco (184) won individual titles with four other grapplers earning All-Conference recognition with top three finishes. At the NAIA Championships the Oaks placed 8th which was tops for the CCC. Orozco was named the NAIA Most Outstanding Wrestler and was the national champion at the 184-weight class.

Academically eight team members earned U.S. Bank Academic All-Conference accolades with five being named NAIA Daktronics Scholar Athletes.

The 2018-19 team also undertook an impressive array of Servant Leadership endeavors.

Partnering with local businesses Base Camp Fitness and LifeMoves, a Bike-a-thon was organized that raised over a thousand dollars for displaced and homeless families in San Mateo County.

Working with the Redwood City Police and Fire Department, the team participated in a Holiday toy drive for children in the community who might not otherwise have any gifts during Christmas. Team members assisted in raised money purchasing, wrapping and presenting gifts.

The second year of "Wrestling for the Community" clinic was conducted in which local youth were exposed to the sport of wrestling. Technique demonstrations, as well as, question and answer sessions were provided. During the annual Red Cross Blood drive held on campus the team donated twenty-one pints of blood.

In addition, 27 pairs of new and used wrestling shoes were donated to the Cartagena State Wrestling team in Bogota, Columbia through the Diaspora Wrestling Foundation.

One of the most impactful projects the Oaks started was dubbed "Moving for the Community." Seeing a need among local senior citizen and veterans, the team partnered with local senior living facilities and Careful Movers, a powerhouse in the moving industry, to provide assistance and support to those needing to relocate. The project ran from January through March with over one-hundred fifty service hours provided. The team completed five total moves from start to finish saving residents approximately twenty-thousand dollars in moving costs.

posted by Rick on Jun 28, 2019 at 9:03 pm

Photo courtesy of CCC/Menlo Athletics

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