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Ritchey to guide women's program at SOE

ASHLAND -- Southern Oregon University Director of Athletics Matt Sayre announced Wednesday that Tony Champion has resigned as the Raiders' head women's wrestling coach.

Mike Ritchey, entering his 23rd year as the SOU head men's coach in 2017-18, will also guide the women's program during the upcoming season. When SOU announced it would establish a women's team starting with the 2015-16 season, Ritchey was named the director of wrestling. He also serves as an assistant athletic director within the department.

"We appreciate Coach Champion's work in establishing this program as a national player," Ritchey said. "His impact will be felt for years to come and we wish him great success in his future."

Champion, the program's first head coach, oversaw five individual All-America performances in his two seasons. He led the Raiders to 11th place as a team at the WCWA Championships in 2016 and 10th place in 2017.

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