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Head Wrestling Coach Scott Norton Staying at Highline

(April 20, 2017) The Highline College Athletics Department is very pleased to announce that after contemplating stepping away from the coaching ranks, Scott Norton, Head Wrestling Coach of Highline College, has decided to stay on in that position.   Coach Norton, who just completed his 14th year as head coach, briefly discussed retirement with his family and the Highline College Athletics administration before deciding it was not yet the time to leave the program he has built into one of the top ones in the Pacific Northwest.  Needless to say the Athletics Department and the Wrestling Program student-athletes are pleased and excited that Coach Norton will be at Highline for the foreseeable future.

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)


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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

*Wooding Family –     One of Highline's most prominent past coaches  *Ottiw Family –    Prominent Washington Wrestling Family *John Clemens – Former Highline Coach *Cory Sonnen – Owner of Tri-Pak/Pac-10 -  Champion/Teamate of Coach Norton
*Scott Norton – Head Coach of Highline;   Former Univ. of Oregon wrestler  *Morin Family – Began a Junior College Scholarship
  for Highline  *Schutte Family (Othello)– Best Friend of Head
  Coach Scott Norton  *Brad Luvaas – Asst. Wrestling Coach at Highline  *Joy Coleman – Head Coach at Orting High
Andy Olson – Former Highline All-American *Chad Omanaka – Former student of  Coach Norton  *Inglemoor Wrestling
*Dave Gilbertson – Runs Washington Wrestling  Report/Orca Duals  *Craig Hansen–East Valley Wrestling Club (Spokane)*Derek Norton *Drew Miller *Steve Hadsel – Former Highline C.C. Asst. Coach *Tim McCann – Former Highline Wrestler *Stan Kawamoto – Former Washington Wrestling  Referee *Bill Small *Phil Pine – Head Coach South Sound C.C./   Washington Wrestling Fundraiser *Randy Beddow *Alex Phillips *Dale Harada – Former Highline Wrestling Trainer *Highland Wrestling *James Barr-Finch – Former Highline Wrestler *Chuck Harrison *Jon Muri – Former Highline Wrestler *Tahoma Wrestling Club *Serge Litvenenko – former student of Coach Norton  *Nick Holobon – former student of Coach Norton *Richard Rockwell – Former Yakima Valley Wrestler
*Andrew Ashworth *Brandon Forster *Brian and Heather Meyer
*Nina Snowden *Jason Nixon *Matt Rapelje *Lori Hollaway – Former teaching colleague    of Coach Norton *Dave Jedlicka – Prominent Washington Wrestling Photographer *Jonee Dubos
*AJ Ranjiban – Friend of Coach Norton *Leilani Tynan – Sister of Hwt. standout Ben Tynan *Eric Givens

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Updated on August 23, 2013

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