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Mike Clock Open   Nov. 12, 2017
Yesterday our team competed in the Mike Clock Open which is a pretty tough tournament for a junior college wrestler due to competing against 4 years colleges. Highline was led by Austin Lister 133. He looked incredibly tough all tournament. He knocked off Elijah Ozuna in the semi-finals, and then beat Blake Mcnall of Eastern Oregon in finals 6-3. Austin is on track to go deep into the national tournament. He still has areas we need to work on, but I’m confident he will be ready in the end. Emmanuel Daigbe, 197, finished a solid 4th. He has not lost to a junior college wrestler yet this year. Adrian Avena also wrestled well but was defeated in the quarters at 149. Adrian has been battling a knee injury and was forced to withdraw from the tournament. He is making good progress though. Ben Gore, 174, also had a strong tournament but lost in the placing round. Highline will wrestle next in the cardinal duals next Saturday Nov. 18, and in the Spokane Open Sunday Nov. 19

#2 North Idaho vs. #21 Highline   Nov. 9, 2017 
This past Thursday we wrestled a pretty good team in North Idaho, which is currently ranked #2 Nationally. The meet started out as Jacob Mendoza 125, pushed north Idaho’s Esco Walker to the limit. Jacob thought he was winning but ended up losing the match 4-3. It was a very entertaining match with a lot of scrambles. I’m positive that Jacob will beat him when it’s most important, which is the national tournament.
At 133, Austin Lister took out the top ranked wrestler in the region in Diego Nunez 11-1. Austin is a good wrestler, I’m excited to see what he will do at the end of the year.
We were forced to forfeit at 141. Arizpe Leviticus will no longer be on our team, and Tucker Wooding could not weigh in at 141 till later in the month.
At 149, Adrian Avena wrestled #6 Brent Evans. It was a pretty exciting match, but Adrian kept going upper body which is a position I haven’t seen him practice all year. The big difference in the match was he went for a throw and put himself on his back. The final score was 10-7.
Things really went sideways after 149. Freshman Liam Corbett was pinned, and injured his leg in the process. It was a big swing because we were counting on Liam to win pretty decisively. We then had to forfeit out 165 and were beat at 174 and 184.
A big bright spot was at 197, as Emmanuel Daigbe took out 3 x Idaho state champ Trager Abatti. Emmanuel is probably the best athlete that has ever come through the program but he is learning to wrestle in college. He will be a big factor at the end of the year if he stays healthy.
We suffered an early season blow as returning All-American and #3 ranked Hwt. Miguel Morales was forced into early season surgery. Hopefully, we will get Miguel back before the year ends. Wrestling in his place was Ilai Wilson who was pinned. For complete scores and results go to
Our program is geared more for tournaments vs. dual meets. We have a lot of new kids that are learning to wrestle in college. I’m very optimistic that they can do well. The end of the year is always the goal.


Austin Lister of Highline College Wrestling

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
James Barfinch
Chris Boeger
Robin Buban
Frederic Bunnag
Douglas Burnham – Tahoma High Assistant
Chris Chambers – Spanaway Lake Head Coach
Ricky Christian –  3 x Tahoma State Champ
Jody Coleman – Orting High Head Coach
Jason Conley
Lou Ann Crook
Taylor and Nathan Curry
Chris Feist – Tahoma High Head Coach
Brandon Forster
Pam Gabel
Dave Gilbertson – Referee and Washington Wrestling Promoter
Steve Hadsel – Former Highline Assistant

Steve Hood
Matt Iwicki – UW Wrestler
Kyle Jones
Rick Kelley
Brad Luvaas – Highline Assistant Coach
Martin Martinez
Andy Marty
Elias Mason – Highline All-American
John McBride
Jim McCullough
Kevin McDaniel
Rory McDonald – Hazen High Head Coach
Kevin McNulty – Head Coach ILWACO High
Taylor Meeks – Current Oregon State Assistant
Anji Monta
Phred and Laurie Morin
Mark Nickels
Randy Negley

Lynn Nodgile
Derek Norton – Former Highline Wrestler
Scott Norton – Highline Head Coach
Guy Omanaka
By Pham
Susan Richardson
Richard Rockwell – Head Coach in Oregon
John Snediker
John Sneva
Matt Smith
Sonnen Family – Tri-Pak
Suplex City
Tahoma Junior Bears
Toro Wrestling
Kirk White – Former Boise St. Assistant/Highline Assistant
Mike Wooding
Wooding Family
Yelm Twisters
Chris Zocco