SAVE OREGON WRESTLING FOUNDATION
NEW OPPORTUNITIES, NEW HOPE AND VISION.
Welcome to the new world of Save Oregon Wrestling. This is more than just a new look for our site, it’s a new strategic approach to our mission that seeks to make the most of new and emerging opportunities to promote wrestling, and to celebrate the story of wrestling—especially its future.
Our Mission is to Champion the Future of Oregon Wrestlers
The Save Oregon Wrestling Foundation is dedicated to promoting, advancing and endowing NCAA Division 1 wrestling at the University of Oregon. We’re building a community and an endowment fund, in order to secure educational opportunities for our state’s most-dedicated student athletes who dream of wrestling at the collegiate level.
A New Momentum
We’ve got new energy and a new strategic approach to create new opportunities for male and female wrestlers at the University of Oregon. We believe in a Division 1 wrestling program that sets an example for the nation: one that creates educational opportunities for all; celebrates the modernity of age-old sportsmanship, and delivers the University an ROI of competitive glory that builds upon its legacy of excellence in serving a diversity of elite collegiate athletes and sports.
A History of Excellence
Duck Wrestling has a long and storied history. For over half a century, Oregon coaches led their athletes to conference titles, national championships and international honors. Oregon’s decorated grapplers include many All-Americans and even Olympic and world medalists.
Ken Kesey – 1957
After posting a .885 winning percentage in the 1956–57 season, Ken received the Fred Low Scholarship for outstanding Northwest wrestler. In 1957, Kesey was second in his weight class at the Pacific Coast intercollegiate competition. He remains ranked in the top 10 of Oregon Wrestling’s all-time winning percentage.
Lee Allen – 1957
Lee won two national AAU championships and two U.S. National titles in Greco-Roman; a U.S. National title in freestyle; and three U.S. Army European championships while a member of the armed services. Inducted in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, Lee was also a 2x Olympian.
Greg Gibson – 1976
1975 PAC-8 Champion, National Wrestling Hall of Fame, World, and Olympic Silver Medalist, Retired USMC. Greg was the first athlete to ever capture national titles in all three forms of wrestling. He remains fourth on Oregon’s list for best winning percentage (80.1%) 58-14-1.
Shane Webster – 2006A 2x PAC-10 champion, 2x Reno Tournament of Champions Champion, and 2x NCAA All-American, and 2006 NCAA National Champion. Shane holds the UO single-season record for winning percentage at .973 and ranks fourth in career victories. He was inducted into the University of Oregon Sports Hall of Fame.
Become a Champion of Oregon Wrestling
Save Oregon Wrestling
Please help advance our mission with a donation to our endowment fund. Your contribution helps ensure a future for Oregon wrestlers.
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Got what it takes? We want to support your dream of becoming a collegiate wrestler.
Paul Fenley, President
Kelly Finley-Sopp, CEO