Wrestling team wins close dual
By Donnie Moore - Staff Reporter
Highline's wrestlers were able to pull out a 33-20-win against a team they dominated earlier in the season, 42-12.
The Thunderbirds traveled to Roseburg, Ore. last week, where they wrestled in the Umpqua Dual against Umpqua Community College.
Highline's Aaron Nakama, weight class 125, won by forfeit as did Austin Lister, 133, Adrian Avena, 149, and Liam Corbett, 157.
At 184, Mitchell Owens, had a fall at the 1:36 mark, and beat Josh Hammers from Umpqua in a repeat of the match in the previous dual in December.
Mario Luevano, 197, won over Braydon Schultz, who in the previous dual was beaten by Emmanuel Daigbe, who was unable to wrestle this meet.
Kobe Olson, 141, of Umpqua won over Tucker Wooding of Highline.
"I did not perform my best, I was not confident on my feet and taking shots and being offensive," Tucker Wooding said.
Isaiah Lepre, 157 of Umpqua won over Patrick Wheeler of Highline. The T-Birds also gave up forfeits at 265 and 174.
"I see us working hard the rest of the week, taking next week kind of light and going into regionals fresh and having a good tournament there," Wooding said.
This dual was the last regular season match. The next meet they have are regionals which will be a week from this Saturday.
"I am expecting big things. I am expecting to win regionals, that's the goal, and taking that momentum into nationals, either becoming a national champion or all-American," Daigbe said.
With a week off, the wrestlers hope to not lose their momentum or do something that could stop them from preforming.
For Daigbe the formula is simple: "Staying healthy, keep going at 100 percent, showing up to practice and listening to what coach Norton has to say, using the moves he tells me to use."
The next time Highline will hit the mats will be Saturday, Feb. 10 for the West Region Championship in Clackamas, Ore.