Iowa wrestling star Chad Beatty hired as coach
By Eddie Mabanglo- Staff Reporter
After a months-long search for a new head coach, Highline has hired Iowa wrestling star Chad Beatty to take the helm of the Highline College wrestling team.
Beatty will replace former coach Scott Norton, who stepped down from his position after a two-decade tenure.
Norton had been working in tandem with Brad Luvaas in co-coaching roles for the last few months as the hunt for his replacement was underway.
Beatty was a high school wrestling champion out of the state of Iowa, only losing seven times in his high school career. He wrestled with the University of Iowa Hawkeyes where he led the team to three NCAA wrestling championships.
Beatty was previously an assistant coach for the Iowa City West High School Trojans, Cornell College Rams, and head coach for the Forest Grove High School Vikings.
In early 2018, during his time with the Vikings, Beatty was featured in a local news story in northern Oregon after he helped rescue the driver from a semi that had crashed and submerged into the Columbia River.
Beatty says that his goal will be getting to know the current members of his program more, as he encourages teamwork through the team's transition.
"My focus will be on building relationships and development [with] the athletes that we have," Beatty said. "It's going to take a lot of people coming together to make this program great."
Highline wrestler Anthony Rawson says that the team is looking strong this season.
"We have really good mid-weights, last year we were really athletic. This year we have a solid team," Rawson said.
He also shares similar thoughts on getting the team to come together this season now that it has a coach.
"I say our biggest obstacle we have as a team is working together and pushing each other. Right now we have a solid head on our shoulders," he said. "I'm looking for a coach that holds everyone accountable and makes sure we have our priorities straight."
Beatty says that a big challenge that highline faces is its small market for new recruits.
"Recruiting at small colleges is almost always the biggest challenge. Luckily for us, Highline is the most diverse college in the state and offers a bunch of degrees to choose from," Beatty said. "Our goal is to recruit athletic kids and prove that they can accomplish their goals here, in state."
The 2019-2020 Highline wrestling season kicks off in Clackamas, Ore. at the Clackamas Open Nov. 9, first bout is set for 9 a.m.
Beatty will find himself back in Forest Grove, Ore. For the Mike Clock Open Nov. 17, first bout starts at 9 a.m.
The Cardinal Open will take place on Nov. 23 at noon in Coeur D'Alene.
On Nov. 24, Highline will make the trip to Spokane to compete in the Spokane Open.
Highline will not host any competition until the Warner Pacific Dual on Dec. 7, first bout set for 1 p.m.
Highline will also host Big Bend in a Friday the 13th dual at home Dec. 13.
The last wrestling competition of the decade will be the Reno Tournament of Champions on Dec 15 in Nevada.
January 2020 will feature a handful of competitions throughout the state of Oregon.