Highline men's wrestling falls hard

By Konner Hancock - Staff Reporter

The Highline men's wrestling team got blown out, 43-0, on the road against Clackamas last Friday.

The T-Birds were 1-1 going into Dec. 2 matchup against the 7-0 Clackamas Cougars. The Cougars won all nine of the contested bouts and accepted a forfeit at 165 lbs.

Highline has lost several starters since the beginning of the year and that has a lot to do with the team's struggles early this season, said Highline Head Coach Scott Norton.

"I think our team is going through some tough times with losing two starters to injuries and two going home, due to being homesick," said Norton.

"We also had to remove one of our starters. So basically five of the potential starters are not in our lineup and most likely will not be this year," he said.

The wrestlers who came closest with winning their matches was Andrew Ramirez, 141, with a loss by decision, 13-8, and Mario Luevano, 184, also losing by decision, 3-2.

These guys will be heavily relied on by the team because of their skill and seniority, said Norton.

"I think a lot of our guys were their own worst enemy. We had a couple get caught on their back at the end of a match, which gave the other team six points instead of three or four," he said.

Over winter break the team has a few tournaments and duals to compete in, starting with the team returning to Clackamas to compete in the Northwest/SWOCC tournament. Then on Dec. 15 the T-Birds will host Pacific University at 7 p.m. Lastly the team will cap off winter break by heading to Coos Bay, Ore. for the Southwest Oregon Community College tournament.

"At this point, the wrestlers need to complete for themselves. I feel a lot of times the coaches are more disappointed than the wrestlers are when they lose, which is certainly not good. Our wrestlers need to stick to the game plans that are set, and they will compete better," Norton said.

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