HELENA -- Helena High wrestling State champion Noah Manibusan has received a scholarship to grapple for Southwest Oregon Community College.
Southwest Oregon CC, in Coos Bay, Oregon, is a member of the Northern Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). Last year, the Raccoons, under coach Adam Whitlatch, produced three Western Division champions. Whitlach, who qualified for the 1999 NCAA national tourney when he wrestled for Ohio University, previously coached the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse to a NCAA Division III runner-up finish.
Manibusan was a four-time All-Stater for the Bengals, and the school's all-time wins leader with a career record of 133-25, with 68 pins. As a junior he was the 2016 State AA mat runner-up at 152 pounds, the 160-pound champion his senior year, and the IR's 2017 Wrestler of the Year. In April, Manibusan garnered All-American status at the World Wrestling Tournament in Reno, Nevada, when he placed third at 152 in the 18U division.
"I chose to wrestle at Southwestern Oregon because they have a great fire science program and I'm wanting to become a firefighter in the future," Manibusan said. "I also liked the Coos Bay area and felt very comfortable with head coach Whitlach and his wrestling program."
Noah's parents are Dan and Sarah Manibusan of the East Helena valley.