AWARDED FOR CREATING CHAMPIONS – After a lifetime of coaching high school students in La Conner, Anacortes and Burlington-Edison, Mike Compton was elected to the 2019 Hall of Fame class of the Washington State Wrestling Coaches Association Nov. 2, with his wife, Reesa, at his side. Seven of his 19 years coaching were at La Conner. – Photo courtesy of Mike Compton
La Conner’s Mike Compton is in the hall of fame. After a lifetime of wrestling, starting before his winning a conference champion and being named Most Inspirational Wrestler at Western Washington State College in 1970, he has again been awarded: Nov. 2 Compton was elected to the 2019 Hall of Fame class of the Washington State Wrestling Coaches Association. Compton finished his coaching career at La Conner (2004-2011). Hired as athletic director, he created a wrestling program. Before he retired, the Braves reached “the top-ID in state,” the induction ceremony program stated. His first teams were at Burlington-Edison, 1988-1993, and Anacortes, 1995-2001. Over his career, Compton coached 48 league champions, 27 region champions and 49 state placers, including nine state champions, winners of twelve individual titles. Compton wrote in an email: “All the kids, coaches, parents and fans that I worked with had so much to do with me receiving this honor, that I know I have been truly blessed.” The 2019 Hall of Fame class includes fellow high school head coaches Mike Bressler and Don Owen.