Norton to remain as wrestling coach

By Konner Hancock - Staff Reporter

Highline wrestling Head Coach Scott Norton has decided not to retire.

Norton has been the head coach for 14 years and has had a huge effect on the school and its wrestling program, said Athletics Director John Dunn.

"Scott is one of the most respected coaches in the State of Washington. Having Scott as our wrestling coach gives the program and the college a high level of credibility," he said.

Norton has coached 49 academic All-American wrestlers throughout his time at Highline. He has also coached 17 All-American wrestlers along with several others who have competed at the national tournament.

Dunn said he loves Norton's "Passion, his loyalty, his knowledge and his concern for each of his student athletes."

In 2016 alone, Norton led four All-Americans to the National tournament in Council Bluffs, Iowa and the T-Birds ended up placing 12th out 45 teams in the National Junior College Athletics Association.

Then, this year Norton took five wrestlers, 125 Jessie Torres; 141 Andrew Ramirez; 184 Mario Luevano; 197 Josh Wessels; and Heavy weight Miguel Morales to Nationals. Unfortunately, the T-Birds left with no All-Americans.

As the season wound down, Norton heavily contemplated retiring as head coach. But then on April 20 he announced to his family and Highline athletics staff that he would not retire.

"I did not push him to stay, but I did tell him that I never want him to leave as long as I am the Athletic Director," Dunn said. "Having said this, Scott has worked very hard for Highline College and I will always support any professional decision that he needs to make."

One of Norton's most recent All-Americans, Andrew Ramirez said "Norton had a huge impact on my performance. Early this year we had both of my training partners quit, leaving me with no one to train with.

"Norton stepped in and would be my training partner for the rest of the year. What's crazy is that he had a torn shoulder. Most coaches wouldn't put themselves through the amount of pain he did. The same could be said for [Assistant Head Coach Bradley Luvass] who had torn everything you could think of in his knee. He was there almost every day giving the heavier weights a practice partner," Ramirez said.

Norton has claimed his spot for next year's wrestling season, but the years to come are undecided for him.

"The team didn't deserve to have Norton and Luvass, we were lucky," Ramirez said. "They were overqualified for the job. Knowing this I took advantage of learning as much as I could from them. So did the rest of the team."

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