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U.S. wrestlers to compete in Japan military tournament

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Twelve wrestlers from Camp Zama and Yokosuka get to test their skills against Japanese rivals next month in a Japan Military Tournament, Yokosuka Seahawks coach Takashi Noda said Thursday.

The event is scheduled for Feb. 14-15 at Asaka Japan Self-Defense Force Base in Saitama Prefecture, north of Tokyo.

Representing Yokosuka are sailors Tony Nelson, Mike Molina, Andrew Walters and Michael Hollo in the heavyweight division (185 pounds or more); Corey Swanson, Raphael Santana and Stephan Garcia at 185 and Colt Amborn at 163.

Ryan Hopp, a 2003 Nile C. Kinnick High School graduate who’s assisting Red Devils coach Robby Rhinehart this season, also will compete.

Zama’s Mario Jones (185), George Nowells (185) and Jever Williams (163) are representing Zama.

 

Archuleta to fight in Tokyo

KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa — Kickboxing champion David Archuleta will fight Hiroyuki Abe of Japan’s K-1 circuit on Saturday at Club Velfarre in Tokyo’s Roppongi entertainment district.

Archuleta, 22, a senior airman assigned to Kadena’s 733rd Air Mobility Squadron, won the Universal Kickboxing Federation junior-welterweight title on June 15 with a first-round knockout of Steve Satterwhite at Tokyo's Differ Ariake Arena.

In his most recent bout, a non-title affair Nov. 18 at Tokyo’s Nippon Budokan, Archuleta lost by decision to Yasuhiro Kazuya, a K-1 fighter.

Saturday’s bout is part of a card called IKUSA 5 Money and Magic and will be telecast on SkyPerfect TV. Tickets can be purchased at Family Mart convenience stores off-base or online at http://www.ikusa.net.


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