Men's wrestling drops dual
By Donnie Moore - Staff Reporter
Men's wrestling will try to stay competitive after month-long break.
Before Winter Break, the Thunderbirds competed in a dual with Pacific University where they were able to pull away with the win.
They started with Jacob Mendoza at 125 defeating his Pacific counter-point, putting Highline up 10-0. Highline, which has been plagued by forfeits, was able to win with a forfeit at 133 and 184, but still gave up two forfeits at 165 and Heavyweight.
Emmanuel Daigbe at 197, Ben Gore at 174, Liam Corbett at 157 and Patrick Wheeler at 141 came away with wins by a pin or fall. The final score was 42-12 Highline.
The Thunderbirds continued on to Reno, Nev. on Dec. 17 for the Reno Tournament of Champions, Austin Lister led Highline with a win at 133 against a wrestler from Fresno State, then went on to win over a wrestler from Clackamas. He was later upset in the quarter-finals.
Emmanuel Daigbe, was dominating Tournament in his weight classification beating two NCAA D-1 wrestlers to also make the quarter-finals. But Daigbe then opted to sit out the rest of the tournament due to an arm injury.
"They can't miss practice and need to be disciplined in diet and staying away from inappropriate extra-curricular activities," said Assistant Coach Brad Luvaas about some improvements he wanted to see the wrestlers make.
The Thunderbirds first meet of the new year came this past weekend, with Simon Fraser. This meet was an opportunity for the wrestlers to get back to competition after a month-long break.
"We have only had one outing since the break and every athlete on our team has improved and made huge gains since the start of the year," said Coach Luvaas.
Mendoza again got Highline off to a great start with a win at 125, and Lister got a forfeit at 133. But then it was a back and forward battle for the rest of the meet.
Shandon Ilaban was pinned, losing 6 points for the team and the team forfeited at 165. Adrian Avena, Liam Corbett, Ben Gore, Mitchell Owens were all able to come away with wins putting Highline up 22-12.
In the second-to-last match, Emmanuel Daigbe was pinned bringing the score to 22-18 Highline. In the last match Highline forfeited at the heavyweight and loss 24-22
Highline also performed in the Boxer Open in Forest Grove, Oregon. Highline was aggressive with Liam Corbett 157 and Austin Lister 133 both being finalist.
Jacob Mendoza 125 was a 3rd finalist, but had to sit due to a potential concussion but still was able to get into the finals.
"We don't have hopes we have expectations and those expectations are to win the tournament nothing less" Said Luvvas about the upcoming Clackamas Open.
The next meet will be the Clackamas Open next Sunday Jan. 21 in Portland Oregon.