Matmates bond through wrestling

By Alli Hand - Staff Reporter

Adrian Avena and Liam Corbett have sparked a friendship while training and competing with each other on Highline's wrestling team.

Avena is a sophomore transfer from Minot State University wrestling in the 149-pound weight class. 

Before entering college Avena attended Todd Beamer High School and stayed active with sports. Along with wrestling, Avena was a competitive cheerleader on South Elite, a team known for being the best cheerleading program in the Northwest.

Avena credits cheerleading to helping his wrestling career as it taught him how to fall correctly and strengthened his shoulders, which is beneficial in wrestling.

After Avena completed his freshman year at Minot State University, he left North Dakota and transferred to Highline.

"I left Minot because it was so cold all the time and the school [was] out in the middle of nowhere," said Avena.

Coming from Honolulu, Hawaii Corbett is a freshman wrestling in the 157-pound weight class. While in Hawaii, Corbett was an All-American and a two-time state champion. 

Though Corbett has made great achievements, he isn't the only one in his family to wrestle competitively.

"I grew up with wrestling always being around me," said Corbett.

As both Corbett and Avena are in similar weight classes they were assigned to practice together every day during mat time. This is where their friendship kicked off.

"We push each other outside the classroom, making sure we get our homework done. But we be kickin' it outside school and stuff though too," said Avena.

They now train, compete and hang out with each other frequently. They attend school events like volleyball games together, but keep each other focused on academics as well.

Avena, Corbett, and the T-Bird wrestling team will next be competing Dec. 2 in Portland, at the Clackamas Duals.

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