Umpqua Community College Men's Wrestling is happy to announce the signing of four athletes to the 2017-2018 Men’s Wrestling team. Head coach Kyle Temple has announced that he has recently signed Jesse Wagner of Newport High School, Justin Crumm of Sutherlin High School, Cody Pickle of Roseburg High School, and Aaron Blanchard of Central Linn High School. Aaron wrestled during the 2016/2017 academic year for Gray’s Harbor College in Aberdeen, Washington.
Jesse Wagner is a 2017 graduate of Newport High School. Jesse placed 6th at the OSAA 4A State Tournament this past season at 170 pounds for the Cubs. Coach Temple had the following to say about Jesse Wagner, “Jesse has only been wrestling for 4 years and placed at this years 4A State Tournament. He has a tremendous work ethic and his development as wrestler will only continue in a college program. I am excited for Jesse to join our program and continue his education and athletic career as a RiverHawk.” Jesse is projected to wrestle 165 or 174 for the RiverHawks.
Justin Crumm is a 2016 graduate of Sutherlin High School. Justin placed 5th at the OSAA 4A State Tournament in 2016 at 220 pounds for the Bulldogs. Justin spent the last academic year attending UCC and working on a degree in criminal justice. “I am happy to see a local product like Justin decide to restart his athletic career with us. Justin has already completed his first year of college at UCC and with the addition of the wrestling program he has decided that he has missed the camaraderie of competing on a team and therefore he wanted the opportunity to be a part of our program. Justin will help fill roles in our upper weights. He is pursuing a career in law enforcement and continuing wrestling will help teach him discipline and a great work ethic that will make him a successful law enforcement officer,” said coach Temple. Justin is projected to wrestle heavyweight for the RiverHawks but may see time at 197 pounds.
Cody Pickle is another local Douglas County product hailing from Roseburg High School. Cody’s most successful season with the Indians was in 2016 during his junior campaign when he placed 6th at the OSAA 6A State Tournament at 138 pounds. Coach Temple had the following to say about Cody, “Cody is an extremely talented wrestler that has competed all over the United States. He moved during the middle of his senior season to North Medford and was not able to finish competing his senior year. Cody will be a valuable asset to the program and bring in more of the local Roseburg High work ethic that has made them a national power in high school.” Cody is projected to wrestle 141 or 149 pounds for the RiverHawks.
Aaron Blanchard is a 2016 graduate of Central Linn High School. Aaron was a 2015 OSAA 2A State Champion at 120 pounds and in 2016 he was the OSAA 2A State Runner-up at 126 pounds. During the 2016/2017 academic year Aaron attended Grays Harbor College in Aberdeen, WA where he wrestled for the Chokers. Aaron was a NCWA National qualifier at 125 pounds for the Chokers and was eliminated from the National tournament in the blood round to become an All-American. “I’ve known Aaron since he was in 6th or 7th grade. He moved to Sweet home around that time and wrestled for me when I was the Junior High coach at Sweet Home. Aaron has had success at both high school and last year in college already. Aaron brings valuable leadership to our program as the only current wrestler to have wrestled one competitive college season already. I expect Aaron to fill an immediate role for us at 125 pounds and am excited that his wrestling career is coming full circle and I get the opportunity to coach him again after 9 years”, said coach Temple. Aaron is expected to wrestle 125 pounds for the RiverHawks next season.
Coach Temple signing of these four wrestlers; “With these late signings we were able to fill some holes in our roster. I’d like to be at least 2 wrestlers deep at every weight class. We were short at 125 through 141 and heavyweight. All of these wrestlers fit into our line-up where we needed more wrestlers and I expect that all can make immediate impacts for us.”