Mike Clock Open

(Nov. 11, 2018)

Report from Head Coach Scott Norton:
There was a significant jump in competition at this tournament. We had Connor Rosane 184 and Austin Lister at 133 both make the semi-finals. Connor had a close match, but came up a little bit short against Oregon State. He finished fourth. Austin defaulted out of the tournament due to having the flu. Kettner Fields also did a nice job at 174 finishing third overall. Overall, our guys wrestled pretty well but we’ve got a ways to go. Highline will be in action again at the Spokane Open.

Big Bend vs. Highline

(Nov. 9, 2018)
Report from Head Coach Scott Norton:
This past Friday we wrestled Big Bend.  They are brand new team just getting started.  Our guys look pretty good and did not lose a match.  We are moving in the right direction.

125 Jacob Mendoza tech fall. Cameron Thompson 17-2 4:35
133 Aaron Nakama win by forfeit
141 Josh Franich win by forfeit
149 Double Forfeit
157 Patrick Wheeler pinned Beau Wiebe 1:18
165 Anthony Rawson md. Devante Goodman 13-1
174 Kettner Fields over Roman Porter 6-5
184 Conner Rosane md. Andrew Showman 10-0
197 Daniel Allen fall. Ryan Caldwell 1:33
Hwt. Evan Barger md. Martin Barrera 12-2

44-0 Highline

A Strong Start

Nov. 2, 2018  Highline 37  Umpqua 15

Report from Head Coach Scott Norton:
Last night we started off the year with our first dual win over Umpqua C.C.  Our team wrestled pretty well. I think the big thing I was happy about was our guys are looking for the pin.  Our philosophy is simple feet to back.
Jacob Mendoza got us rolling in a tight match but he won 8-7.  Austin Lister was very aggressive at 133 and came out with an early cradle for the fall. He should have a very good season.  We were surprised at 141 as Josh Franich was caught rolling across his back.
At 149, Ethan Wendell got the team back on track with a fall of his own.  Next, Patrick Wheeler came back to his home high school. Patrick locked up a beautiful head and arm for a fall.  Freshman Anthony Rawson came up with a 16-5 decision. At this point, the score was 25-6 Highline. Kettner Fields took the mat at 174.  Kettner just graduated last year and posted a fall to keep the momentum rolling. At 184, Ben Gore also posted a fall. Dan Allen lost a close match at 197.  Closing out the meet, Evan Barger got the first takedown but was caught for a fall. Evan started out the match great but will need to continue to improve through the season.  Highline will be in action next week again Big Bend in Moses Lake at 7:00 PM.

Individual Results

125 Jacob Mendoza (Highline) defeated. Nathan Kiddoo (Umpqua)  9-7
133 Austin Wallace Lister (Highline) pinned Johnny Maldonado
141 Sawyer Myres (Umpqua) pinned Josh Franich (Highline)
149 Ethan Wendell (Highline) pinned Grant Laiblin (Umpqua)
157 Patrick Wheeler (Highline) pinned Garrett Russell (Umpqua)
165 Anthony Rawson (Highline) major decision over Braydon Wright (Umpqua) 16-5
174 Kettner Fields (Highline) pinned Jesse Ramirez (Umpqua)
184 Ben Gore (Highline) pinned Josh Hammers (Umpqua) 4:58
197 Gottlieb Davis (Umpqua) defeated Daniel Allen (Highline) 14-13
Hwt. Dallas O’Bryan (Umpqua) pinned Evan Barger (Highline)

Academic Champions

On the mat, the Highline College Wrestling Team is very good.  In the classroom, it is a juggernaut.  The team, with a cumulative grade point average of 3.34, based on its 10 starters and two extra wrestlers, won the 2018 NJCAA National Academic Championship, the 4th time the program has won this award in nine years.  This is more than any other NJCAA college wrestling program.  The coaching staff, led by Head Coach Scott Norton and lead assistant coach Brad Luvaas, focus on academics so their student-athletes can successfully transfer and continue their athletic and educational pursuits at a four-year college or university.


The Open Mat published a 2017 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