Game of the week
By STARS AND STRIPES Published: January 11, 2018
Nile C. Kinnick Invitational “Beast of the Far East” Tournament
When — 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
Where — Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan.
What — Dress rehearsal for the Far East tournament three weeks from now, also at Yokosuka. This year’s “Beast” tournament features 127 total wrestlers, from host Kinnick, Yokota, Zama, Robert D. Edgren, Matthew C. Perry, American School In Japan, defending champion St. Mary’s, Christian Academy Japan, Shonan Military Academy, Kubasaki, Kadena and Seoul American. Only one wrestler per school can score team points per weight class.
Format — Modified double-elimination format, similar to the Far East tournament but without pool-play bouts. Knockout-bracket wrestlers will wrestle back for second place if their only loss was to the champion wrestler.
Wrestlers to watch — The tournament will feature three defending “Beast” champions: Lucas Wirth (won at 122, now wrestling at 129) and Devoney Stanley (129, 135) of Kinnick and St. Mary’s Ryo Osawa (141, 158). Wirth is a two-time Far East champion. Other former Far East champions wrestling at “Beast” are St. Mary’s Tatsuhito Matsumoto (122) and Rio Lemkuil (129) and Kadena’s Demetrio Delarosa (129).