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Pacific University in Oregon announces the creation of a women’s wrestling program

Mike Clock/Pacific University

Pacific University, a small liberal arts school in Forest Grove, Ore., located 20 miles west of Portland, has developed a women’s wrestling program.

The Pacific wrestling team, under Head Coach Frank Johnson, had two women participating with their men’s team last year. The wrestling program has generated outside funding to run an extensive women’s schedule for 2001-02 season and has begun to recruit women student-athlete wrestlers to attend the university.

The women’s competition schedule is not yet finalized, but is expected to include some of the following competitions: Sunkist International Open (Phoenix, Ariz.), Clansman International Open (Vancouver, Canada), Oregon Classic, USGWA Can-Am Championships (Detroit, Mich.), U.S. National Open (Las Vegas, Nev.) and the Dave Schultz Memorial International Open (Colorado Springs, Colo).

Johnson indicated that Pacific University has a long standing tradition of excellence in both wrestling and academics. The men’s teams have placed in the top 10 at nationals 12 times and has featured more than 60 All-Americans.

“We expect our women’s team to experience the same kind of success as our men,” said coach Johnson. “In the 2000-01 season, we had two women who trained with our men; one of them qualified for the final Women’s World Team Trials, as a result of her performance in Las Vegas. Next season we anticipate having enough women to run separate training sessions, so we can sharpen the women’s focus on freestyle.”

The Pacific University wrestling program has made international cultural exchange a regular component its wrestling experience. The university has sent its wrestling athletes to more than 30 countries over the past 25 years. Johnson expect to expand this program to include the women wrestlers as well.

On the academic side, Pacific University is recognized by Baron’s and US News & World Report as one of the top schools in the West.

Coach Frank Johnson can be at his office at 503-359-2827, or by e-mail at or at his home 503-359-5313. He encourages potential student-athletes to contact him with any questions about the new women’s wrestling opportunity, as well as the university.

Neosho County Community College

Neosho County Community College in Chanute Kansas has started a new scholarship womens team. We are now looking for team members for next year. Please call 316-431-2820 ext.210 for info.
Terry Pack

Menlo College

Dear wrestling prospect:

Menlo College, a small four-year college nestled in the redwoods among country estates midway between San Francisco and San Jose, is building a men and women's wrestling program to compete in NAIA and club competition. A full schedule to include the National Open is scheduled for both men and women.

Menlo College with an enrollment of only one thousand students has a reputation for high academic achievement. The campus is able to give its' students individualized attention, small class size, and a four year graduation tract. With an emphasis upon liberal arts, business management and mass communications, a student will be guided through a rigorous and thorough academic program. The coaches are currently seeking qualified men and women who are serious about putting their athletic goals and dreams into action. You may apply for full academic scholarships or a financial aid package that will meet most of your financial needs. Work-study and student loans are available as well.

Applications will be accepted throughout the summer. Dormitories can be utilized for out of area students. The men will be coached by head coach Keith Spataro, former Skyline College Coach, two time All American at Skyline, two time All American at San Francisco State University, and twice Northern California coach of the year. Keith built Skyline to a national power in Community College ranks. I will be coaching the women. I am also from Skyline College where I coached many all Americans. For those of you not familiar with my background, I am a 3 time Olympian, a 6 time national champion in free style and Greco Roman, I placed 8th in the Olympics in Greco Roman, and 5th in the world championships in free style. I was twice assistant coach in the Olympic games and became head Olympic Coach in Greco Roman in 1980. My women's club team, The San Francisco Peninsula Grapplers, has finished in the top 5 in the National Open as a team the past 5 years. We won the national team title in 1997 and 1999. I am a member of the national coaching staff for women and a leader of women's and girls wrestling in California. It is my goal to have Menlo College win the national team title in 2004! Be a part of it! Let's make it happen together!

Location! Location! Location! It works for real estate. It will work for you at Menlo College. We have the best weather, access to major cities and airports, we are 30 minutes from some very famous beaches and we boast some of the best wrestling talent in the world for both men and women. Please take a serious look at our program. You may contact me at directly at:

Lee Allen
PO Box 364,
El Granada, CA. 94018
Tel. 650-726-4859

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