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Kubasaki commemorates 100 Far East wrestling tournament gold medals

Kubasaki 148-pound junior Austin Cyr, 108-pound sophomore Daniel Mora, 215-pound senior Fred Suniga IV and 115-pound senior Steven Walter hold commemorative gold medals before the team's wrestling room's Wall of Fame on Wednesday at Kubasaki High School, Okinawa. The four earned Kubasaki's 97th, 98th, 99th and 100th gold medals in a Far East High School Wrestling Tournament during February's meet at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan. The Dragons' 100 golds are the most by any school since Far East meets officially began in 1976.

Each spring, coaches Ron Geist and Justin Cook of Kubasaki High School’s Pacific record-holding wrestling team get their latest band of Far East gold medal winners together to put name plates emblematic of their championships on the Wall of Fame in the team’s practice room.

On Wednesday, the crowning of four gold medalists from February’s Far East meet at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, was doubly special. Senior Fred Suniga IV, a two-time Far East 215-pound champion, became the 100th such gold medalist in school history since Far East meets became part of the official DODDS-Pacific sports calendar in 1976. That’s for a program already heavy in honors, with a Pacific-record 23 Far East banners, most by any school in any Far East sport.

“To be the 100th gold medalist, to do it with an unbeaten season, to do it as a senior and for the team to win two Far East tournament banners, is just great for me,” Suniga said. “It’s great to be part of a great program like Kubasaki.”

The other three winners from February were 108-pound sophomore Daniel Mora, 148-pound junior Austin Cyr – both will be back next year – and 115-pound senior Steven Walter, a three-time Far East champion.

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