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The Clackamas Duals and taking on Warner Pacific and Southwestern Oregon
In early December the Thunderbirds wrestled in the Clackamas Duals and also defeated Warner Pacific (39-6) and Southwestern Oregon (32-19). Ben Gore continues to wrestle well at 174 lbs, as does Austin Lister at 133 lbs. See the full results as reported by Head Coach Scott Norton.
November 19, 2017
Report by Head Coach Scott Norton
This past weekend the team traveled to Spokane. Unfortunately, we had 2 of our starters get injured the previous day so we only had a handful of wrestlers competing. Highline was led by Mitchell Owens at 184, who placed 3rd. Mitchell is big for the weight so it’s been tough for him to make 184. However, he seems to be adjusting to the weight and competing better. At 174, Ben Gore has been wrestling better as of late. Ben was a match away from placing. We had 2 starters get hurt in their opening match. Austin Lister (133), who has stepped up to lead the team, dislocated his big toe. It could be broken but unlikely. Then Tucker Wooding injured his collar bone in his first round match. Liam Corbett (157) and Emmanuel (Daigbe) 197 made the quarterfinals, but unfortunately lost their next matches. Highline will be in action in two weeks at the Clackamas duals.
Simon Frasier University
Jacob Mendoza got us rolling at 125 with a 11 to 4 win. Austin Lister won by fall as he continued his domination at 1:33. Tucker Wooding at 141 lost a tight 4-2 Decision to Cruz Velasquez. Adrian Avena won by forfeit at 149. Liam Corbett lost a tight 12-10 decision. He will most likely win the next time they wrestle. We forfeited at 165. Ben Gore lost at 174.
Mitchell Owens (184) won by fall. Emmanuel Daigbe lost by a takedown. And we forfeited at heavyweight. One of our heavyweights is getting surgery, and the other can no longer wrestle due to concussions. We are struggling there.
North Idaho College
We had a tough time against North Idaho mainly because of injuries. The meet kicked off as Jacob Mendoza (125), was forced to default due to a concussion sustained early in the match. Austin Lister then won by forfeit at 133. At 141 Tucker Wooding had a good showing as he lost in overtime to Nick Hara. Tucker had lost by a major decision to his opponent when they last wrestled. Unfortunately, at 149 we sustained another injury as Adrian Avens was forced to default due to an elbow injury. We sat Liam Corbett out at 157 due to a leg injury. We also had to forfeit at 165. Most likely one of our 174s will come down towards the end of the year. Ben Gore did a good job at 174 as he lost in overtime 10 to 6. Gore lost to this opponent by a technical fall a week ago. Ben is improving and beginning to adjust college wrestling. Mitchell Owens lost at 184. Emmanuel Daigbe continued his winning ways as he won 7 to 1. And we forfeited at heavyweight. The score was 40 to 9, but we gave North Idaho 24 points with injuries and forfeits. We need to get our guys healthy.
Highline’s Austin Lister (in black) defeats North Idaho’s Diego Nunez 11-1 at 133lbs. Nunez was the top-ranked regional wrestler at this weight.
Emmanuel Daigbe (wearing black) in the process of defeating three-time Idaho state champion Trager Abatti.
The Open Mat just published an interview with Wrestling Head Coach Scott Norton, highlighting the Highline College Wrestling Program and his success in developing one of the top programs in the Pacific Northwest.
Read the interview here.
From the interview:
Your program won back to back Academic National Championships in 2014 and 2015 becoming the first program to accomplish that feat. How much of a sense of pride does that bring to you?
“I think it’s a pretty big deal. It shows that our college and program have a tremendous commitment towards education. We have actually canceled meets and pulled out of tournaments because we didn’t feel our team was where they were supposed to be academically. I am an educator myself. I have taught 5th grade since 2000 and the entire time I have been coaching at Highline. Technically, I have pretty much had two full-time jobs for 15 years. I’m sure my academic expectations have rubbed off on our teams. We also communicate to our team the importance of going to class daily and doing well in school. I am very proud of what our team has achieved academically.” Scott Norton
Dr. Coyte Cooper, an entrepreneur, author, former university professor, and NCAA All-American wrestler who competed under Scott Norton, has given a TEDx talk entitled Perspective Sparks Potential (link). In the video, Dr. Cooper encourages people to actively seek out the lesson in the adversity that they experience. Once we learn to shift our perspective, what we once thought of as a negative situation is actually a gift that propels life to an extraordinary level.
Highline College Wrestling Boosters
John Aiken – Former Auburn Head Coach
Brian Alphi – Edmonds Woodway Head Coach
Douglas Burnham – Tahoma High Assistant
Chris Chambers – Spanaway Lake Head Coach
Ricky Christian – 3 x Tahoma State Champ
Jody Coleman – Orting High Head Coach
Lou Ann Crook
Taylor and Nathan Curry
Chris Feist – Tahoma High Head Coach
Dave Gilbertson – Referee and Washington Wrestling Promoter
Steve Hadsel – Former Highline Assistant
Matt Iwicki – UW Wrestler
Brad Luvaas – Highline Assistant Coach
Elias Mason – Highline All-American
Rory McDonald – Hazen High Head Coach
Kevin McNulty – Head Coach ILWACO High
Taylor Meeks – Current Oregon State Assistant
Phred and Laurie Morin
Derek Norton – Former Highline Wrestler
Scott Norton – Highline Head Coach
Richard Rockwell – Head Coach in Oregon
Sonnen Family – Tri-Pak
Tahoma Junior Bears
Kirk White – Former Boise St. Assistant/Highline Assistant