December 2, 2017
Report from Head Coach Scott Norton:
Jacob Mendoza got us rolling at 125 with a fall. Then, we received a forfeit at 133 to go up 12-0. Clackamas came storming back with a fall at 141. Then we forfeited at 149 to notch the dual at 12 even. Liam Corbett was beaten by Isaiah Diggs 15-6. The big difference was conditioning. Next, we had to forfeit at 165. We should get one of our wrestlers back in the second term to fill this weight. Ben Gore did a nice job getting the fall at 174. He is getting tougher on top. Mitchell Owens then followed up with the fall at 184. We then moved Emmanuel Daigbe up to Hwt. and forfeited at 197. We were thinking he could win at heavyweight which could’ve put us in a position to win the meet, but he got caught in a headlock. We lost 34-24. I was pleased with the pins that our guys scored during the meet. The guys competed pretty well.
Highline vs. Warner Pacific
Highline 39 Warner Pacific 6
From Head Coach Scott Norton:
Austin Lister made his return to the line up with a technical fall 18-3 over Logan Higganbottom at 133. Liam Corbett won by fall over Zhack Carrie at 157. Ben Gore also did well at 174 by defeating Jessie Johnson 11-1. Patrick Wheeler also won by fall in an exhibition at 133. We are finding out that a few of the other teams are pretty banged up as well. This opened the door up for several forfeits.
125 Jacob Mendoza won by Forfeit
133 Austin Lister won by tech fall 18-3 Logan Higganbottom
141 Zach Sias won by forfeit141
Exhibition Patrick Wheeler won by fall
149 Tucker Wooding won by forfeit
157 Liam Corbett won by fall over Zhack Carrie
165 Double Forfeit
174 Ben Gore md. Jessie Johnson 11-1
184 Mitchell Owens won by forfeit
197 Emmanuel Daigbe won by forfeit
Hwt. Double Forfeit
Southwestern Oregon vs. Highline
Highline 32 Southwestern 19
125 Jacob Mendoza vs. Francisco Barrera 5-1
133 Austin Lister vs.Christian Balgeso
141 SWOOC wins by Forfeit
149 Tucker Wooding wins by forfeit
157 Liam Corbett wins by forfeit
165 SWOOC wins by forfeit
174 Ben Gore wins by fall
184 SWOOC md Mitchell Owens
197 Emmanuel Daigbe wins by forfeit
Heavyweight double forfeit
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.
Mike Clock Open
Nov. 12, 2017
Report by Head Coach Scott Norton
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.
North Idaho Dual
#2 North Idaho vs. #21 Highline Nov. 9, 2017
Report by Head Coach Scott Norton
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 trackwrestling.com.
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.