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Highline College Wrestling Program:
Tradition and History

 (list of HCC wrestlers who have gone on to wrestle at 4-year schools)

Yura Malamura wrestler Yura Malamura is the first wrestler in Highline history to ever win a National Championship.  He is an extremely hard worker, with unbelievable strength and endurance.  The biggest factors that led to Yura's National Title was his work-ethic, and his ability to compete on a national stage.  He is terrific person on and off the mat.  He went on to wrestle at the University of Minnesota.




Yura Malamura wrestler















The 2005 National Junior College champion, Yura Malamura was Minnesota's starter at 197 for the start of the 2006-07 season, as well as the home stretch of the Big Ten season. Malamura was also the team's choice at the Big Ten Championships and will enter this season's as one of the favorites at the weight class.
 

2006-07 - SOPHOMORE SEASON: Won three straight dual meets from 11/25-12/1 - earned his first dual meet victory with a 16-1 tech fall over Dwayne Hash-Barberis of American (11/25) - made his Golden Gopher debut at the Northeast Duals against Hofstra (11/25) -notched three pins at Worthington Open (1/20) to take first place - also went 3-0 at Jimmie Open (1/27) - gained two wins in Big Ten play, one over Michigan State's Nick Palmieri (2/9) and one over Jordan McLaughlin of Iowa (2/18) - competed at first Big Ten Championships, going 0-2 - earned first letter.

2006-07 - SOPHOMORE SEASON: Won three straight dual meets from 11/25-12/1 - earned his first dual meet victory with a 16-1 tech fall over Dwayne Hash-Barberis of American (11/25) - made his Golden Gopher debut at the Northeast Duals against Hofstra (11/25) - notched three pins at Worthington Open (1/20) to take first place -also went 3-0 at Jimmie Open (1/27) -gained two wins in Big Ten play, one over Michigan State's Nick Palmieri (2/9) and one over Jordan McLaughlin of Iowa (2/18) - competed at first Big Ten Championships, going 0-2 - earned first letter.

 2004-06: 2005 National Junior College champion at 197 pounds- became the first NJCAA champ in Highline Community College history - redshirted last season to maintain an additional year of eligibility.
 HIGH SCHOOL: A 2003 graduate of Spanaway High School - head coach was Paul Greely - won the state title as a senior - also lettered three times in football and track. PERSONAL: Communication major -son of Nick and Nina Malamura - born October 13, 1984 - enjoys snowboarding and wakeboarding.





Steven Romero –
2 x State Champion at 112 lbs. from Sunnyside, Washington.   In 2010-11 Steven's first year at Highline, he  placed 3rd in NJCAA.  He narrowly missed the finals losing on a questionable call in the semi's.  In the 2011-12 season, Romero was ranked #1 all year long.  He lost in the last 20 seconds of the National Championship match.  It was heartbreaking.   Romero was a tremendous competitor; stingy with points and one of the best riders in the nation. 










Jason Gray-
was the number 2 ranked wrestler in the nation as a freshman at 149 lbs.  Jason also won the Region 18 championships as a freshman.  He finished 7th after losing in the quarterfinals to the eventual champion David Dejesus.  In 2010, Gray was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler of the Region 18 Championships.  He then went on to finish 2nd in the nation 3-2.  Jason lost to a wrestler who won his second national title.  Gray will be redshirting in 2011.  He is already a 2 x All-American.


Marshall Giovannini - Marshall finished 2nd in the nation in 2008 out of nowhere at 157lbs. He was then forced to take a medical redshirt in 2009, and finished 4th in 2010. Marshall is an incredible competitor, and always believes he is the best. He may not have the title, but I felt he was the best wrestler in the national tournament both years. There were some questionable calls that set him back. Marshall finished as a 2 x All-American, and one of the best wrestlers I have coached. Marshall went on to wrestle 1 year a Division 2 school in Boston called American International. He plans to be a pharmacist.




Justin Purves- always got Highline rolling quickly at 125 lbs.  He was an All-American in 2009, and then added his second All-American honors in 2010.  Purves has been one of the best wrestlers ever to wrestle at 125 lbs. for Highline.


Aaron Smith
- Aaron was overlooked coming out of high school.  However, he proved that he is one of the best in the nation by earning All-American honors at 133 lbs. by placing 4th nationally.  In 2010, Aaron added his second All-American honors by placing 4th again..  He is probably the best athlete I have ever coached.




Brad Padgett- earned his 4th All-American status by placing 3rd in the NCAA division II Championships. Brad became a 4 x All-American at the National Division 2 wrestling championships. Brad was a 2 x All-American at Highline, and added two more All-American finished at St. Cloud, MN. Brad placed 4th as a junior and 3rd as a senior.
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Updated Sept. 2014

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