Men's wrestling opens season with 37-15 win in Open
By Donnie Moore - Staff Reporter
Highline's men's wrestling has gotten their season off to a great start, with a strong win over Umpqua, 37-15 in the Umpqua Open.
"Last night we started off the year with our first dual win over Umpqua Community College. Our team wrestled pretty well. I think the big thing I was happy about was our guys are looking for the pin. Our philosophy is simple feet to back," said Head Coach Scott Norton on Highline Athletics page.
Highline's Jacob Mendoza took home a win at the 125-pound weight class, defeating Kiddoo of Umpqua 9-7. Austin Wallace Lister continued the momentum by winning with a pin over Johnny Maldonado from Umpqua at 133.
The Thunderbirds' first loss of the Open came when Freshman Josh Franich was pinned by Umpqua's Sawyer Myres at 141.
The T-Birds continued its dominant performance with a pin from Ethan Wendell at 149, and a pin from Patrick Wheeler at 157.
Anthony Rawson secured a major decision over his Umpqua opponent, Braydon Wright, 16-5 at 165.
Highline was able to get two more wins, one coming from Kettner Fields at 174 with a pin over Jesse Ramirez. The other win was credited to Ben Gore with a pin of Joah Hammers at 184. However the T-Birds failed to
win the last two matches, having Daniel Allen get beat by Gottlieb Davis at 197. Evan Barger was pinned by Dallas O'Bryan in the Heavy-weight class.
"Closing out the meet, Evan Barger got the first takedown but was caught for a fall. Evan started out the match great but will need to continue to improve through the season," Norton said on Highline Athletics page,
Highline has two matches this weekend, the first being the Big Bend Dual tomorrow at 7 p.m. in Moses Lake.
The second is the Mike Clock Open which is Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in Forest Grove, Ore.
"The team gets a week to rest and practice before traveling to Moses Lake to participate in the Big Bend Dual on Nov. 9," said Norton on the Highline Athletics page.