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SOU second in inaugural CCC women's wrestling poll

Women’s wrestling will be an official Cascade Conference sport for the first time in 2019-20, and Menlo (Calif.) was dubbed the favorite to win the first CCC title in a coaches’ poll released Tuesday by the league office.

The Oaks, who in March captured the inaugural NAIA Invitational championship, collected all seven first-place votes, and Southern Oregon was picked second. Providence (Mont.) was third, Eastern Oregon fourth, Life Pacific (Calif.) fifth, and Simpson (Calif.) and Warner Pacific tied for sixth in the poll.

The Raiders, entering their fifth season, are operating under the leadership of a new head coach: SOU alum and former men’s wrestling assistant Joel Gibson. His roster includes 16 returning wrestlers — headlined by All-Americans Anesia Ramirez (130 pounds) and Sienna Ramirez (143) — and an incoming recruiting class of 17.

The Raiders will host the first CCC Championship meet on March 1 at Lithia Motors Pavilion. After going 9-8 in duals last season and taking eighth as a team at the NAIA Invitational, they’ll debut on Oct. 26 at the California-Oregon Duals in Redding, Calif.

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