2018/19 Results

Men’s Wrestling

West Regional Championships

(Feb. 10, 2019)

Update from Head Coach Scott Norton

Well, it’s been a pretty crazy weekend.  We sent half our team over to Coeur D’Alene on Friday morning.  I was going to hop in our van but it made more sense to let another competitor go.The good news is six of our guys made it.  The bad news is two coaches and four starters could not make it to Idaho, or even out of our neighborhood to be honest.

Highline was led by Shandon Akeo, who made the finals by pinning his old rival Christian Balagso from Southwestern Oregon. Shandon ended up losing 11-7 to #2 ranked Jason Shaner. Shandon set the tone for the entire team.handon was also joined by 141 pounder Josh Franich who beat Brandon Gibson from Southwest Oregon 6-2, and then pinned Hasann Hawthorne from North Idaho to punch his ticket to the national tournament.  Josh did awesome he is a hammer in the top position.

Kettner Fields 165, lost to Izaiah Duran of NIC, but came back to qualify by pinning Justin Knight  from Southwestern Oregon to place 3rd.

Our 4th qualifier came at 174.  Connor Rosane qualified for the second time.  He beat Josh Hammers from Umpqua and then Trager Abatti from North Idaho to join the rest of the national qualifiers.

Ben Gore joined the party as he qualified by beating Christian Grover of NIC, and then he beat Umpqua’s Gottlieb Davis to finish 3rd.  Ben’s loan loss was to Trevor Senn of Clackamas..



2019 Highline Wrestling National Champion participants
Left to Right: Assistant Coach Kurt Swartz, Ketner Fields, Ben Gore, Shandon Akeo, Josh Franich (not pictured: Dan Allen)
photo by Matt Thomson (Highline Thunderword)

Our last qualifier was Dan Allen.  He finished fourth but has been wrestling very well over the last month. He was selected and given a wild card to the national tournament at 197 pounds.

We are very proud of the six men.  They have worked very hard this year and it’s showing.  Congratulations to all 6 national qualifiers, outstanding job.  Once the team returns and the weather clears we will make a push for the National Tournament in Council Bluffs, Iowa on March 1 and 2.

National Qualifiers are listed below.
133 Shandon Akeo 2nd
141 Josh Franich 3rd
165 Kettner Fields 3rd
174 Connor Rosane 3rd
184 Ben Gore 3rd
197 Dan Allen 4th

Spokane Open

(Nov. 17, 2018)

Report from Head Coach Scott Norton:
This past weekend was pretty tough on our team.  We had 4 starters out of the lineup. Our team has been battling staph, MRSA, as well as the flu.  However, we still made the journey over to Spokane for a few duals and for the Spokane Open. Highline was led by Ben Gore (184), and Kettner Fields (174).  Ben ended up pinning a returning All-American. Ben has been wrestling really well this year. Kettner has also been one of the leaders on our team as well.  These were the only 2 wrestlers who went deep into the tournament. We are looking forward to the Thanksgiving Break where we can get our athletes healthy and ready to go.  The Thunderbirds will enter the toughest tournament to date when we compete in the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational on November 30 and December 1. It is primarily an NCAA Division 1 tournament, but we want our guys wrestling the best and getting exposure to move to a 4-year college.

Prior to the open, we wrestled North Idaho and Montana Northern.  It did not go well. The only victors against North Idaho were Ben Gore 184 and Kettner Fields 174.  Against Montana Northern, our only victors were Connor Rosane 184 and Evan Barger Hwt. To access the individual results follow the link to Track Wrestling.

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

Highline 37  Umpqua 15

(Nov. 2, 2018) 

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)

Highline College Wrestling vs. Umpqua Nov. 2, 2018Jacob Mendoza in action against Umpqua’s Nathan Kiddoo