Ati Conner

Ati Conner, Hall of Fame Inductee

Ati Conner, Hall of Fame Inductee

Ati Conner began his wrestling career at Dos Pueblos High School competing in the 119-pound weight class under the exceptional coaching of Mike Yamasaki. He wound up his freshman season wrestling at the league tournament on the varsity team.

The following year, Conner made the varsity team wrestling in the 135-pound weight class and captured his first Channel League Championship and a 5th-place finish at the CIF Championships. As a junior, Conner again took the league championship, a 2nd- place CIF finish and 6th place in the California State Championship.

In his senior year, the most successful for Conner’s high school career, he won a third league title and 2nd-place finishes in both CIF and the State tournament – making him the only Charger wrestler to place twice in the State tournament. Shortly after the state championships, Connor wrestled on the High School National team where he earned a 7th-place finish at the National Championships while the team won the championship.

Conner went to Moorpark Junior College and wrestled under head coach Paul Keysaw. Developing his athleticism, technique and work ethic, Conner placed 3rd at the 158-pound weight class in his freshman year and 1st at 167-pounds in his sophomore year. He was named MVP of the California Junior College State Championships and still holds the takedown record at Moorpark. He left Moorpark for a full-ride scholarship to the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

In his senior year at Nebraska, Conner placed 3rd in the Big 12 Tournament, 8th in the NCAA Tournament and earned All-American honors.

Conner has served as an assistant wrestling coach at his alma maters Nebraska-Lincoln, Moorpark Junior College and Dos Pueblos High School – in addition to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He currently lives in Santa Barbara and works as a cardiac sonographer for Cardiovascular Technical Services.