Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Tanner Harvey claimed the top wrestling title in the nation Feb. 24, 2018, in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) championship tournament.
At 184 pounds, Harvey beat Iowa Western’s Otis Peeler 10-6 in the semifinals and then topped North Idaho’s Levi Perry of North Idaho with a 14-9 decision in the championship match at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
“Tanner, as always, was composed, aggressive, had his eye on the prize,” Coach Adam Whitlatch said. “Even through some adversity giving up a takedown here or a point there, Tanner soon was right back on it. He scored and did what he does best match after match – he wins.”
Southwestern is known for its strong men’s and women’s wrestling programs and star athletes. In addition to Harvey’s win this year, in 2017 Anthony Lyons-Lopez earned a spot as a finalist in the men’s competition. Both athletes are from Oregon — Harvey from Lowell and Lyons-Lopez from Albany. Southwestern’s last national champion was heavyweight Dustin Rogers in 2005.
“I hope Oregon kids see this success at our community college and realize they can join a competitive winning team here,” Whitlatch said. “We want wrestlers from our area. We want Oregon athletes on our team.”
To learn more about Southwestern's Wrestling program contact coach Adam Whitlatch at [email protected] or 541-888-7228; or visit https://swoccathletics.com/sports/mens-sports/wrestling/.