Game of the week
By STARS AND STRIPES Published: February 1, 2018
Vilseck, Stuttgart, Spangdahlem, Hohenfels, Munich, Kaiserslautern, Wiesbaden at Ramstein
On paper, the DODEA-Europe wrestling postseason starts Feb. 10 with sectional qualifying meets at Lakenheath, Ramstein and Aviano setting the field for the Feb. 16-17 finals at Wiesbaden.
In practice, it may very well start Saturday at Ramstein.
Five of Europe’s largest Division I programs will share mat and bracket space in the eight-team mega-meet. That roster includes the defending champion Stuttgart Panthers and their fiercest rival, the host Ramstein Royals.
The two powerhouses haven’t competed in the same meet since Jan. 13, but they will see a lot of each other in the coming weeks. The Panthers and Royals are both assigned to the Central qualifier at Ramstein next weekend, and both expect to send their usual large contingents to the championship meet.
Those encounters will grow more important with each passing match. But this Saturday represents a solid starting point for what amounts to a three-week grudge match.