Friday, September 11, 2020

Gone, Lost & Forgotten: Their Best = Orange Coast

 Located in Costa Mesa, 40 minutes southwest of Los Angeles the Pirates of Orange Coast Community College had a wrestling program through the 1980-1981 season.  


Larry Nissen
123 lbs 

Nissen won a CCCAA title in 1962

Hodge 
160 lbs  

Unable to find a first name, Hodge won a CCCAA title in 1966

Dan Lewig
167 lbs  

Lewig twice placed at the CCCAA championships for the Pirates taking third in 1972 & making the finals in 1973 

Tim Bandel


Bandel came to Orange Coast from Corona del Mar High School.  While competing for the Pirates, Bandel also played football.  He continued his wrestling career one season at Utah State & one season at Long Beach State after graduating from Orange Coast.  He later won a gold medal at the Pan-American Championships. 

Jeff Noon
150 lbs 


Noon Won a CCCAA title in 1974

Rob Mella
177 lbs 


In the Pirates final season of wrestling, Mella made the CCCAA finals. 

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