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Far East facts and class breakdowns

By Published: February 13, 2020

42nd Far East High School Wrestling Tournament
At Osan Air Base, South Korea
Dates — Thursday-Saturday.
Site — Main Fitness Center, Osan Air Base, South Korea.
Host school — Osan Air Base, South Korea.
Format — Combined individual freestyle and dual-meet tournament, freestyle bouts the first 1½ days, dual meets the last 1½ days.
Participating teams — Division I: Nile C. Kinnick, St. Mary’s, American School In Japan, Humphreys, Kadena, Kubasaki. Division II: Robert D. Edgren, Zama, Yokota, Matthew C. Perry, E.J. King, Christian Academy Japan, Osan, Daegu.
Returning Far East tournament champions Caleb Heino, 101, Yokota (2018 as a sophomore); Eiji Kasahara, 108, St. Mary’s (two-time champion); Jaylan Mayers, 122, Kubasaki; Rin Zoot, 148, ASIJ (last year’s Far East tournament Outstanding Wrestler); Marcus Inthavixay, 158, Osan; Haydn Peterson, 215, Kubasaki; Marshall China, heavyweight, Perry (two-time champion).

Favorites and contenders

101 — His to lose: D.J. Hurtado, Kinnick (Kanto Plain finals and DODEA-Japan finals champion, has been coming on the last few weeks). In the hunt: Nicholaz Aguirre, Kubasaki (Beast of the Far East champion), Jeremy Cho, Humphreys. Sleeper pick: Isaac Shane, St. Mary’s.
108 — His to lose: Bryce Clement, ASIJ (Kanto champion, Beast runner-up). In the hunt: Aiden Russell, Kadena; Noah Vasquez, Kubasaki; Michael Lozano, Kinnick (DODEA-Japan champion). Sleeper pick: Alex Toro, Humphreys.
115 — His to lose: Vincent Rodriguez, Kubasaki (Beast champion). In the hunt: Joe Frazier, CAJ (Beast runner-up); Juan Smith, Kinnick (Kanto, DODEA-Japan champion); Leon Miller, ASIJ. Sleeper pick: Ikki Minamikawa, St. Mary’s.
122 — His to lose: Caleb Heino, Yokota (Beast runner-up, Kanto and DODEA-Japan champion). In the hunt: Jaylan Mayers, Kubasaki; Ira Kadet, ASIJ; Mark Sowell, Kinnick; Peter Junker, CAJ, Marcus Irons, Perry. Sleeper pick: Kaito Hayashi, Zama. Very competitive weight class.
129 — His to lose: Eiji Kasahara, St. Mary’s (Beast champion) or Take Zoot, ASIJ (Kanto champion, Beast runner-up). In the hunt: Kurt Chapman, Kadena; Chris DeGrella, Yokota (DODEA-Japan champion); Moises Carabajal, Zama; Sleeper pick: Zathian Soto, Osan (up-and-coming freshman). Another seriously competitive weight class.
135 — His to lose: Jasjot Bedi, St. Mary’s (Kanto champion). In the hunt: Victor Saavedra, Kubasaki (Beast runner-up); James Williams, Perry (DODEA-Japan champion); Crisean Covington, Kadena; Caleb Jones, Yokota; Kenerick McDanel, Kinnick. Sleeper pick: Nathan Morales, Osan.
141 — His to lose: Toy Williams, Osan. In the hunt: Hikaru Shimada, St. Mary’s (Beast, Kanto champion); Joshua Millare, Kinnick (Beast runner-up); Douglass Tackney, Edgren; Adrian Misenhimer, Kubasaki; Parker Staley, Perry; Ricky Lindemann, ASIJ. Sleeper pick: Charles Lyons, Daegu.
148 — His to lose: Rin Zoot, ASIJ (Beast and Kanto champion, reigning Far East Outstanding Wrestler). In the hunt: Jo Inoue, St. Mary’s (Kanto champion); Joey DeGrella, Yokota (DODEA-Japan champion, Beast runner-up); Eligh Cabe, Zama; Ruben Saavedra, Kubasaki; Paul Maskery, Kadena; Iain Moore, Kinnick; Luke Dobberfuhl, ASIJ; Phillip Crouch, Humphreys; Ethan Hamilton, Kinnick. Sleeper pick: Ramil Celones, Osan (transferred from Yokota). Might be the most competitive weight class.
158 — His to lose: Colin Lundberg, Kubasaki (Beast champion) In the hunt: Warren Koslow, St. Mary’s (Beast runner-up); Bryce Mack, Zama; Ethan Hovenkotter, Edgren; Shawn Swindell, Perry; Jojo Adesuyi, Kadena; Sleeper pick: Benicio Mariscal, Humphreys.
168 — His to lose: Marcus Inthavixay, Osan. In the hunt; Alex Lovell, Kinnick (Kanto champion); Nemo Matthews, Perry (DODEA-Japan champion); Shawn Dobberfuhl, ASIJ; Liam Kell, ASIJ (Beast runner-up at 180); Mak Togans, Yokota (Beast runner-up). Sleeper pick: James Ahn, Humphreys.
180 — His to lose: Colin Nation, Kubasaki (reigning Florida state champion). In the hunt: Kaleb Leon Guerrero, Kinnick (Kanto champion); SungWon Kim, CAJ; Kai Harbert, Yokota; Ethan Hoback, Osan; Dennis Martinez, Humphreys. Sleeper pick: Luke Robottom, St. Mary’s.
215 — His to lose: Haydn Peterson, Kubasaki (Beast runner-up). In the hunt: Austin Fisher, Yokota (Beast champion); Dani Rahman, ASIJ (Kanto champion); Chase Quigley, Edgren (DODEA-Japan champion); Hunter Staley, Perry; Riley Jones, Zama; Lucas Watkins, Kinnick. Sleeper pick: Jingu Kim, St. Mary’s.
Heavyweight — His to lose: Marshall China, Perry (Beast, DODEA-Japan champion). In the hunt: Myles Bradley, Osan; Dontrell Powers, Humphreys; Desmond Martin, Zama (Kanto champion). Sleeper pick: Caleb Wise, Kadena.

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