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Highline Wrestling in the Spotlight
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

Joining the Squad
(comments from Head Coach Scott Norton)

Today we signed Orting stand out, Ben Gore. Ben was a state champion as a freshman. He finished third as a sophomore, won his second state championship as a junior. And last, he finished second this past season.  Ben had an amazing high school career. He will now look to turn the page and start his college wrestling career at Highline. Ben is projected to wrestle at 165/174 pounds. He is also the younger brother of Beau Gore who was a state finalist, and also competed a year at Highline.

This past week we had Austin Wallace Lister up for a visit from Oregon. Lister was a state champ, and also wrestled for a year at Clackamas College. Austin attended Wilson High School. He is projected to wrestle at 133 lbs.


From Head Coach Scott Norton
June 6, 2017 

"Tonight, I was at the Highline College Banquet for all sports. Two of our wrestlers were given some pretty significant awards. On the left, Andrew Ramirez became the first wrestler to be named the 2016/17 Highline College Athlete of the Year. Andrew was 2nd at the National Tournament this past February, and is a 2 x All-American. It was well deserved.

On the right, is Franklin Easton who was selected as the Highline College Scholar Athlete for 2016/17 with a 4.0. Franklin also won the Achievement Award for the fall of 2016, and for winter 2017. I'm very proud of both wrestlers. They set a great example for our entire team."

The Nationals
Feb. 25-27 2017

Report from Head Coach Scott Norton

 We just came back from the nationals in Council Bluffs, Iowa.  We took five wrestlers there: 

125 Jessie Torres      141 Andrew Ramirez      184 Mario Luevano      197 Josh Wessels      Hwt. Miguel Morales


There is no question the highlight of the meet was Andrew Ramirez pushing himself into the national finals, and becoming a two-time All-American.  Ramirez has been the backbone of the team the last two years.  Andrew had an incredible tournament.  He is a very talented wrestler.  Ramirez put together a ton of offense and was able to come away with four victories in a row before entering the national finals.  Unfortunately, Andrew rolled his ankle in the first 20 seconds of the match, and was wrestling at about 50% the remainder of the match.  He did a great job, and would most likely beat that kid 10 out of 10 times.  Unfortunately, he lost the decision.  We are very proud of how Andrew wrestled at the national tournament, and what he has met to the Highline program over the last two years.  Andrew is pretty close to irreplaceable.  He finished 2nd in the nation and is now a two-time All-American.


Highline's second all American came in the heavyweight division.  The day began as Miguel Morales upended the #3 ranked wrestler in the country.  Ironically, that same wrestler beat Miguel coming back through the consolation bracket.  Miguel did a great job, he finished as an All-American.


197 Josh Wessels did a nice job as well.  Josh made it to the round at 12 and probably should've been an a All-American.  The matches he lost were to the #3 and #4 ranked wrestlers in the country.  Josh had a solid tournament and represented Highline very well. 


Mario Luevano won his first match.  However, he was a little banged up going into the tournament.  Unfortunately, he lost his next two matches.  Mario has a bright future and could easily be an All-American next year.  


Last was Jesse Torres.  He was winning his first match 6 to 2 but ended up losing, and was eliminated in his second match.


Overall, the team did a great job.  It's been a long year and our guys did their best wrestling at the end.  We finished with a national finalist, 2 All-Americans, and 18th as a team.  We are proud of our teams accomplishments.


At the 2017 National Championships: 
Asst. Coach Brad Luvaas, Miguel Morales, Jessie Torres,  Josh Wessels (back),
Andrew Ramirez,  Mario Luevano, Head Coach Scott Norton

All-American Miguel Morales                                                        All-American Andrew Ramirez


From the 2017 West Regional Championships

Miguel Morales (left) on his way to winning the heavyweight level at the 2017 West Regional Championships

Jesse Torres Andrew Ramirez Tino Nieves Mario Luevano Josh Wessels Miguel Morales

The Academic National Championship
Congratulations to the Men's Wrestling Team for receiving the Academic National Championship
or 2014/15 for the second consecutive year and the fourth time in team history. This is the first time a team has won the award in back-to-back years and Highline is the only team to have won the award more than once. 
(see the Highline College press release)     (see the story from the NWAC)


Follow the Highline Wrestling Team  on

2016/17 Schedule  

Sat. Oct. 15

Thunderdome Throwdown

Highline 9AM

Thurs. Oct. 27 Intrasquad Meet Highline 7PM

Thurs. Nov. 3


Highline 7 PM

Sun. Nov. 6

Mike Clock Open

Forest Grove, OR
 9 AM

Sat. Nov. 12

California Duals

Redding, CA 10AM

Thurs. Nov. 17

Grays Harbor Dual

Highline 7PM

Sun. Nov. 20

Spokane Open

Spokane, WA
9:30 AM

Fri. Dec. 2


Clackamas, OR

Sat. Dec. 10


Clackamas, OR. 12PM

Thurs. Dec. 15
Pacific University Highline 7:00 PM

Sat. Jan. 7


Coos Bay, OR 7PM

Sat. Jan. 14

Boxer Open

Forest Grove, OR. 9AM

Sun. Jan. 22

Clackamas Open

Oregon City, OR
9 AM

Sun Feb. 12


 Coos Bay, OR  10 PM

Fri. Feb. 24

NJCAA Wrestling Championships

Council Bluffs, Iowa 

Sat. Feb. 25

NJCAA Wrestling Championships

Council Bluffs, Iowa 




Top Highline Wrestling Boosters

Private Donor

Private Donor

Wooding Family

Sonnen Family - Tri-Pak

Jody Coleman - Orting High Head Coach

Chris Feist - Tahoma High Head Coach

Douglas Burnham - Tahoma High Assistant

Tahoma Junior Bears

Guy Omanaka

Yelm Twisters

By Pham

Steve Hadsel - Former Highline Assistant

Suplex City

Robin Buban

Kirk White - Former Boise St. Assistant/Highline Assistant

Dave Gilbertson - Referee and Washington Wrestling Promoter

Steve Hood

Taylor and Nathan Curry

Chris Boeger

Matt Iwicki - Current UW Wrestler

Scott Norton - Highline Head Coach

Mike Wooding

John Aiken - Former Auburn Head Coach

Andy Marty

Pam Gabel

Brad Luvaas - Highline Assistant Coach

Mark Nickels

Toro Wrestling

Brandon Forster

Chris Chambers - Spanaway Lake Head Coach

Brian Alphi - Edmonds Woodway Head Coach

Derek Norton - Former Highline Wrestler

Kevin Mcnulty - Head Coach ILWACO High

Ricky Christian -  3 x Tahoma State Champ

Taylor Meeks - Current Oregon State Assistant

Richard Rockwell - Head Coach in Oregon

Martin Martinez

John Mcbride

Jim Mccullough

Jason Conley

Rory Mcdonald - Hazen High Head Coach

Rick Kelley

Kevin McDaniel

Randy Negley

Frederic Bunnag

John Sneva

Matt Smith

Lynn Nodgile

Susan Richardson

Elias Mason - Highline All-American 197

John Snediker

Kyle Jones

Anji Monta

Lou Ann Crook

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Updated on August 23, 2013

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