Brendt Noon Sr. and Brendt Noon Jr. have to be thinking 2011 Oakdale High graduate Trent Noon should have been named Brendt Noon III.
With his father and grandfather in attendance at the Des Moines Fairgrounds in Iowa, Trent Noon soared to five consecutive victories at the National Junior College Athletic Association National Wrestling Championships.
The Clackamas Community College sophomore hit Chanse Menendez of Nassau with a barrage of takedowns to nab a 9-5 decision in the 174-pound finale and take home National gold on Saturday.
“I came to Clackamas with the goal to do this and it’s what I expected to do,” Noon said a day later. “I matured so much at Clackamas and the coaches really helped me take it to a whole new level.”
The younger Noon is done with competitive wrestling through the two-year program, but said he will continue to train with the team in the offseason while he entertains scholarship offers across the country.
He said California Baptist University, Cal Poly and Oklahoma are among the universities he is considering, though he expects to use all five paid recruiting trips available to him before making his decision.
Noon is the brother of current Mustang senior Tyler Noon, who was ranked among the top wrestlers in the state before he broke his hand in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV finals.
Older brother Trent said he had a chance to visit the Mustang wrestling room and see the progression of his former teammates during a break in his schedule last year.
He’s not the only one making exciting wrestling-room appearances. Noon said his training at Clackamas was aided by the work of wrestling legends and MMA veterans Chael Sonnen and Matt Lindland.
Lindland is a former Olympic medalist who started his career at Clackamas. He is a teammate of Sonnen’s on the Oregon-based Team Quest.
Sonnen made a name for himself in the MMA world by dominating four rounds of a title fight with unanimous pound-for-pound great Anderson Silva, who ultimately won that contest with a fifth-round submission. Aside from that, his fame has also grown on the emergence of his ticket-selling, trash-talking resolve before big fights.
“Chael looks pretty cocky on TV, so I didn’t know what to expect from him, but that’s just who he is on TV,” Noon said. “He is the most down-to-earth guy who will help out anybody and he is such a nice guy.”
Noon added that though they were on the same mat, Lindland and Sonnen compete at a whole different level. He said the experience with the wrestling veterans was a unique and awesome experience.