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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)

 

 

We will have 2 x State Champion Emmanuel Daigbe (left in photo) take the reins at 197 lbs. for 2017-18. Emmanuel is a tremendous athlete and will look to transfer to a D-1 college after this season. He should make an immediate impact. Daigbe won a pair of titles for Kent Meridian.

 

 

 

We are bringing in Leviticus Arizpe at 141 lbs. Leviticus will replace national runner-up, Andrew Ramirez. Arizpe wrestled for Decateur High. He was 3rd as a freshman, 5th as a sophmore, 3rd as a junior, and A State Champion as a senior. We are excited to be working with Leviticus.

   
We have brought in Adrian Avena who is a transfer from Minoit State which is a D-2 school in North Dakota. Adrian will provide a big boost at 149, he is very quick and scrambles well. Prior to Highline, Adrian was a state champ, as well as a state placer. He also qualified for state 3 times

This year we have Mitchell Owens transferring back home to Highline from San Francisco State. Mitchell knocked off the PAC-10 champ his freshman year, and also had a solid season. He will most likely wrestle 184 lbs. In high-school, Mitchell was one of the top wrestlers in the state but was plagued with injuries throughout high school. He finished 3rd as a senior and placed twice in the High-School Nationals where he was named a high school All-American twice. When Mitchell is healthy he is tough to beat. He will be a great addition to our team.


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.


Shandon Ilaban will also join the Highline Wrestling Team this year. Shandon is from Hawaii and will compete at 133 lbs. He does a good job of flowing from move to move. He wrestled for 
Kapolei High School where he was a State Champ and State Runner-Up. We are looking forward to seeing Shandon compete for Highline.



Liam Corbett, one of our best recruits also hails from Hawaii and grew up and wrestled with our  133 pounder Shandon Ilaban. This year we will most likely start Liam, a 2 x State Champ and State-Runner-Up, at 157 lbs. He is also a past Fargo All-American. Liam wrestled at Leilehua High and is from Honolulu, Hawaii. We are excited to have Liam, and look forward to seeing him compete against the best.

Highline National Champion and Finalists

2005 Yura Malamura National Champ 197 lbs.

2017 Andrew Ramirez 141 lbs.
2012 Steven Romero 125 lbs.
2011 Jason Gray 149 lbs.
2008 Marshall Giovaninni 157 lbs.
2007 Brad Padgett 184 lbs

 



All-Americans

2017 Miguel Morales Hwt.

2017 Andrew Ramirez 141 lbs.

2016 Elias Mason 197 lbs.

2016 Tyler Noon 174 lbs.

2016 Andrew Ramirez 133 lbs.

2016 Andres Tereza 125 lbs.

2015 Ben Tynan Hwt.

2013 Lucas Huyber 184 lbs.

Highline National Champion and Finalists

 

2005 Yura Malamura National Champ 197 lbs.

2017 Andrew Ramirez 141 lbs.
2012 Steven Romero 125 lbs.
2011 Jason Gray 149 lbs.
2008 Marshall Giovaninni 157 lbs.
2007 Brad Padgett 184 lbs

All-Americans

2017 Miguel Morales Hwt.

2017 Andrew Ramirez 141 lbs.

2016 Elias Mason 197 lbs.

2016 Tyler Noon 174 lbs.

2016 Andrew Ramirez 133 lbs.

2016 Andres Tereza 125 lbs.

2015 Ben Tynan Hwt.

2013 Lucas Huyber 184 lbs.

2012 Lucas Huyber 184 lbs.

2012 Steven Romero 125 lbs.

2011 Darren Faber 197 lbs.

2011 Eric Jones 157 lbs.

2011 Jason Gray 149 lbs.

All-Americans

2011 Steven Romero 125 lbs.

2010 Jason Gray 149 lbs.

2010 Justin Purvis 125 lbs.

2010 Aaron Smith 133 lbs.

2010 Marshall Giovaninni 157lbs.

2009 Justin Purvis 125 lbs.

2009 Aaron Smith 133 lbs.

2008 Marshall Giovaninni 157 lbs.

2007 Brad Padgett 184 lbs.

2006 Brad Padgett 184 lbs.

2006 Desean Willis 125 lbs.

2005 Yura Malamura National Champ

2004 Pat Bradley

 

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
Phred and Laurie Morin






 







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