“Portland Metropolitan Wrestling Association” was formed in 1971, following a
discussion with (5) different leagues to organize a support organization to help
facilitate friendly organized tournaments for the wrestlers in the area. The original
club philosophy was to provide support for the Portland Metropolitan Area. Originally
only clubs from this region were allowed to join. Eventually this grew into southwest
Washington and other Oregon organizations joining the club.
On January 29th 2005 at our 2005 ribbon tournament, I sat down with Co-Founder
Marvin Lofland to learn some very interesting history of the Northwest Junior
Collegiate Wrestling Association. This was a very insightful discussion with Marvin and
really appreciated hearing the history of the club. I hope to eventually gather old
photographs and documents from the history of the organization. When I do, I will
post these to the website.
The original club name was "Portland Metropolitan Wrestling Association." They
started the organization in 1971 with 5 participating clubs. This would make the club
over 3 decades old (34 years today). CONGRATULATIONS to the organization
founders for so many years of dedicated service to this wonderful organization and
the sport of wrestling. We hope to see many years to come.
1971 - Club "Portland Metropolitan Wrestling Association" was established with Kit
Cody, President and John Clancy, Vice President.
1. Pals (Police Athletic Club) Boys Club (Kit Cody)
2. Columbia Boys Club (John Clancy)
3. USA Wrestling (Marc Sprague)
4. Peninsula Wrestling (Roy Pittman)
5. Scappoose Wrestling Club (Marvin Lofland)
1972 - Club had their first wrestling tournament with Dual Matching. This was an
OPEN tournament with participants from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and California.
They started on Friday Night at 4:00pm and then continued again on Saturday.
Marvin said that they went until 12:00am on Saturday to get through all the
wrestlers. NWJCWA used the Amateur Athletic Association as the sponsoring Agency.
1978 - Club adopted the White/Yellow/Blue card system.
1978 - League split into two different organizations.
* PMWA only wanted to recognize Oregon wrestlers and felt the organization was
getting too large
* NWJCWA was organized with Washington and Oregon wrestlers. There were
approximately 12-14 wrestling organizations included.
* 1979 - PMWA dissolved and some clubs returned to NWJCWA
* New President was now Marvin Lofland who continued from 1978 until 1990
* League Scholarship was started
* 1990 - Present, Art Reynolds became the president of the club and is currently
acting in this position.
NWJCWA Championship Tournament HISTORY
1972 - 1984 Championship Tournament was held in Scappoose. The state tournament
eventually outgrew this facility and needed to be moved.
1985 - 1986 Tournament was then held in Forest Grove at Pacific University
1987 - 1995 The tournaments then moved to Clackamas
1996 - Present Tournament is now held at David Douglas and can accommodate the
large number of wrestlers and fans that fill the seats.