Highline Thunderbirds Wrestling
Recruiting Never Ends
Head Coach Scott Norton Reports
on His Incoming Recruiting Class
This season we did not do well as a team. Primarily because we had a lot of kids who were successful in high-school, but could not finish two months of college practices. Therefore, we are rebuilding the entire team with no starters with winning records returning. We are bringing in a very competitive group that will not quit early in the season.
SHANNON MARIS 141 lbs. Shannon Maris will wrestle at 141 lbs. He should make an immediate impact. Maris was at Colorado Mesa this past season. He also was a high-school stand-out at Orting High where he won 2 state titles. Shannon is also the cousin of Drew Templeman. Shannon is very good in all three positions. He is from Orting, WA.
ALEX HERRERA 125 lbs. Highline should get an incredible boost at 125 lbs. We are bringing in 2 x State Champion Alex Herrera from Oregon. Alex sat this past season out, but we are expecting big things from his this year. He will set the tone for our team being up first at 125 lbs.
ANTON YATES 165 lbs. This next season we will turn to Anton Yates at 165. Anton has very good technique, and we expect him to do well next season. Yates was the 2A 170 lb. state champ. Anton is a senior this year at East Valley high in Yakima, WA.
Elias Mason 184/197 lbs. We brought in 2 x State Champion Elias Mason from Cheney. Elias added his second state championship this past season at 182 lbs. We are anticipating Elias wrestling at 184/197. Look for him to be in the line-up this upcoming season.
ERIC GARCIA 133 lbs. Eric is a 2 sport athlete. He is one of the top soccer players in the state. Garcia was 2nd in state as a junior, and won the State Championship this year. Eric has excellent conditioning, and should be very durable at 133 next year. Garcia is from Chelan, WA.
LUIS GARCIA Hwt. Luis placed 3rd this past season, but he beat some very good heavyweights during the year. Luis also plays soccer which is very unusual for a heavyweight. He is pretty good off the bottom, and we are looking to develop his skills on his feet and on top. Garcia is also from Chelan, WA.
BEAU GORE 157 lbs. Beau finished 2nd in the state tournament the last two years. He is very lanky and a little unorthodox. Gore has some pretty good turns from the top position. He will challenge at the 157 lb. weight class. Beau is also from Orting, WA.
Andrez Tereza 125 lbs. We also had state-runner up, Andrez Tereza, in for a visit as well. Andrez will wrestle at 125 lbs. next season. He is an extremely hard worker, and has outstanding conditioning. Tereza has some excellent skills. I think he could be a good one.
Home Against Clackamas
Eye to Eye (Part I)
Highline's Lucas Huyber (right) gets ready to go against Steve Conn of Clackamas.
Huyber would go on to win by pinfall.
Almost but Not Quite
Brandon Leach did not pin Gabe Goodrich of Clackamas but did go on to a 9-2 decision.
Eye to Eye (Part II)
Ben Tynan of Highline (right) sizes up Rico Paz of Clackamas. Tynan ended up winning 7-0.