Reno Tournament of Champions

Dec. 15 – Highline traveled to Reno to participate in the 2019 Reno Tournament of Champions.  The young T-Birds suffered its lumps but gained valuable experience that will serve them well for the rest of the year. The results (wins/losses):

Gerardo Suarez   1-2
Austin Cleland 0-2
Jeramias Sandoval 1-2
Wyatt Schrader  0-2
John Sowers  2-2
Nico Torres  1-2 (injury)
Hayden Henry 0-2
Kai Olson 1-2

John Sowers Highline WrestlingJohn Sowers (here against Big Bend) finished a team best 2-2 in the Reno Tournament of Champions.

Pinning Big Bend

Highline Sweeps Past the Vikings 31-18

Dec. 13 – despite forfeiting at two weights, Highline wrestlers still dominated the Big Bend visitors with Austin Cleland, Jeramias Sandoval, and Nico Torres recording pins.

141 Austin Cleland (Highline) over Roberto Ramirez (Big Bend) (Fall 5:35) 6 0
149 Jeramias Sandoval (Highline) over Cade Cox (Big Bend) (Fall 4:19) 6 0
157 John Sowers (Highline) over Unknown (TF 16-1 7:00) 5 0
174 Nico Torres (Highline) over Steven Saltz (Big Bend) (Fall 4:07) 6 0
184 Hayden Henry (Highline) over Roman Porter (Big Bend) (SV-1 11-9) 3 0
197 Kai Olson (Highline) over Andrew Showman (Big Bend) (TF 17-1 6:10) 5 0
285 Jonathan Andrewjeski (Big Bend College) by forfeit 0 6
2 athletes not in system – both received forfeits 0 12
Team Score: 31 18

Kai Olson Highline WrestlingKai Olson on his way to a 15-1 technical fall over Andrew Showman of Big Bend.

Nico Torres Men's WrestlingNico Torres about to pin Steven Saltz at 4:07.

The Wrestling Team before taking on Grays Harbor Wrestling Team 2019

Highline College vs. Grays Harbor College

Dec. 7, 2019
Highline 31  Grays Harbor 12


Weight  Summary HC  GHC
165 John Sowers (Highline) over Kimani Samuel Johnson (Grays Harbor) (Fall 3:50) 6 0
174 Ta-Tes Boulby (Highline) over Desmond Bowers (Grays Harbor) (Fall 6:13) 6 0
184 Hayden Henry (Highline) over Osvaldo `Andy` Gonzales (Grays Harbor) (MD 14-6) 4 0
197 Kai Olson (Highline) over Mike Garrison (Grays Harbor College) (Dec 6-1) 3 0
285 Noah Winder (Grays Harbor) by forfeit 0 6
125 Double Forfeit 0 0
133 Double Forfeit 0 0
141 Austin Cleland (Highline) by forfeit 6 0
149 Jeramias Sandoval (Highline) by forfeit 6 0
157 Nolan Keesee (Grays Harbor) over Wyatt Schrader (Highline) (Fall 2:17) 0 6

Hayden Henry Men's WrestlingHayden Henry

Wyatt Schrader Men's WrestlingWyatt Schrader

Warner Pacific Dual

Dec. 7, 2019
Highline 36 Warner Pacific 23

Weight Summary HC  WP
125 Kaleo Gambala (Warner Pacific) by forfeit 0 6
133 Double Forfeit 0 0
141 Austin Wallace-Lister (Warner Pacific) over Austin Cleland (Highline) (TF 25-5 5:00) 0 5
149 Lucas Higginbotham (Warner Pacific) over Wyatt Schrader (Highline) (Fall 1:57) 0 6
157 Jeramias Sandoval (Highline) by forfeit 6 0
165 John Sowers (Highline) by forfeit 6 0
174 Ta-Tes Boulby (Highline) by forfeit 6 0
184 Hayden Henry (Highline) by forfeit 6 0
197 Kai Olson (Highline) by forfeit 6 0
285 Juan Vallejo (Warner Pacific) by forfeit 0 6

Spokane Collegiate Open

Nov. 24, 2019

149    Sandoval  0 wins  2 losses  1 bye
157    Sowers     2 wins  2 losses
184    Henry       0 wins  2 losses  1 bye
197    Olson        0 wins  1 loss

Coaches Men's WrestlingAsst. Coach David Walker (left) and Head Coach Chad Beatty watch the team in action.

Kai Olson Mens WrestlingKai Olson 

John Sowers Men's Wrestling John Sowers

North Idaho College Duals

Nov. 23, 2019
NIC 36  Highline 14

Weight Summary NIC HC
125 Isaac Lopez (North Idaho) by forfeit 6 0
133 Bryce Miller (North Idaho) by forfeit 6 0
141 Alex Lopez (North Idaho) over Gerardo Suarez (Highline) (Dec 3-2) 3 0
149 Salvador Silva (North Idaho) over Jeramias Sandoval (Highline) (Dec 11-9) 3 0
157 John Sowers (Highline) over Conner Koch (North Idaho) (Fall 0:00) 0 6
165 Jake Malchuski (North Idaho) by forfeit 6 0
174 Navarro Nanpuya (North Idaho) by forfeit 6 0
184 Hayden Henry (Highline) over Alan Badley (North Idaho) (Dec 12-5) 0 3
197 Kai Olson (Highline) over Zane Scott (North Idaho) (TF 18-0 0:00) 0 5
285 Samuel Peterson (North Idaho) by forfeit 6 0

Mike Clock Open  Nov. 17, 2019

141  Suarez                       3 wins 2 losses 1 bye
141  Cleland                       2 wins 2 losses 1 bye
149  Sandoval   4th place     4 wins 2 losses
149  Schrader                     1 win 3 losses 1 bye
157   Sowers     2nd place    3 wins 1 loss 1 bye  (medical forfeit in final match)
174   Torres                        1 win   2 losses 1 bye
184  Boulby                        0 wins  2 losses 2 byes
184  Henry                          0 wins  2 losses 1 bye
184  Rawson     1st place     5 wins 0 losses  0 byes
197   Olson       4th place    3 wins 2 losses

Clackamas Open

Report from Head Coach Chad Beatty

Nov. 9 – Ten Thunderbirds took the mat for the first time on Saturday at the Clackamas Open in Oregon City, OR. Washington’s Team finished with three place winners; 2 finalists, John Sowers (157), & Hayden Henry (184) and a 3rd place finisher, Kai Olson (197). Gerardo Suarez (141) and Jeramias Sandoval (149) made it to the consolation-semifinals but didn’t have the opportunity to finish their tournaments before reaching their match limit for the day. Austin Cleland (141), Wyatt Schrader (149), Nico Torres (174), Ta-Tes Boulby (184), and Anthony Rawson (184:Unattached) completed very well their first event of the year, too. Considering all of the uncertainty surrounding who would be the torch barrier of the program the team fought hard and is already looking forward to making adjustments in order to avenge their losses. The Thunderbirds compete again next weekend in Forest Grove, OR at the Mike Clock Open.

Big Change in Highline Wrestling

Chad Beatty Takes Over as Head Coach

For the first time in 20 years the Highline Wrestling program welcome a new head coach.  Chad Beatty, who wrestled at Iowa under the legendary Dan Gable, will be taking over for the 2019/20 wrestling season.  Beatty comes to Highline with experience as an assistant and head coach at the high school and college level.  In starting his new position, in an interview with the Thunderword, the Highline College student newspaper, Beatty stated that regarding recruiting that it “at small colleges is almost always the biggest challenge.  Luckily for us, Highline is the most diverse college in the state and offers a bunch of degrees to choose from.  Our goal is to recruit athletic kids and prove that they can accomplish their goals here, in state.”

Beatty was a two-time high school state champion in Iowa, winning three individual conference titles and setting multiple state records. At Iowa he was a two-time NCAA qualifier, posting a 50-25 career record and was a member of three NCAA and Big Ten champion Iowa teams.  After college he coached at Forest Grove High School (Oregon) for five years as well as serving as Director of Wrestling Operations at the Washington State Wrestling Association.

Beatty will be replacing the head coach Scott Norton, who is leaving after 20 years as head coach of the wrestling team.  Norton leaves behind an impressive legacy of both wrestling and academic excellence for his teams.  In addition to the over 30 All-Americans he coached, his teams won the NJCAA National Academic Championship four times in the last ten years, more than any other NJCAA team. Norton, along with long-time lead assistant coach Brad Luvaas, spoke of their focus on academics so their student-athletes could successfully transfer and continue their athletic and educational pursuits at a four-year college or university.

Highline Wrestling Coach Chad Beatty
Chad Beatty