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Cascade Conference adds men's wrestling, 4 new members

The Cascade Collegiate Conference has added men's wrestling as an official sport, and welcomed four new schools with wrestling programs as associate members, the Oregon-based organization announced Wednesday.

Wrestling becomes the CCC's seventh official men's sport, and the first to be added in a decade.

The four new associate members sponsoring wrestling are Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Prescott, Ariz.), Menlo College (Atherton, Calif.), Montana State University-Northern (Havre, Mont.), and Simpson University (Redding, Calif.).

These new members join Eastern Oregon University, Southern Oregon University, University of Providence (formerly University of Great Falls), and Warner Pacific College to form Cascade Collegiate Conference wrestling.

The expansion is effective for the 2017-18 season. The inaugural season will conclude with the first-ever CCC Men's Wrestling Championships on Feb. 18, 2018 at Southern Oregon. That event will serve as a qualifier for the 2018 NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) Wrestling Championships in Des Moines.

"We are very excited to take the next step in conference offerings with men's wrestling," stated CCC Commissioner Robert Cashell. "The sport continues to see growth at the NAIA level and providing a conference home for our current western United States institutions, as well as, the opportunity to recognize outstanding student athletes academically and athletically is important to the long-term stability of the sport."

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