Just as Colin Nation’s victory at 180 pounds clinched the D-I title for Kubasaki, the Division II team crown came down to Yokota senior Austin Fisher pinning American School In Japan’s Dani Rahman at 215.
They finished fourth, losing four times in the Kanto Classic last January. But coach Daisy Whitaker-Hayes called the three-day tournament at American School In Japan a “pivotal point” in Zama’s bid for its first DODEA-Japan and Far East Division II Tournament titles.
After seven years on the shelf, the Rumble on the Rock wrestling tournament is back on the Okinawa mats, with four regular Far East tournament teams and local Japanese grapplers set for a full day’s action Saturday at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.
Nile C. Kinnick senior rallies past Robert D. Edgren junior Ryken Calleros 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 to become the first DODEA-Pacific boys player to reach a Far East tennis tournament singles final in nine years.
Humphreys blocked a punt deep in Kinnick territory, Deontaye Gregory scored on a quarterback sneak with 15 seconds left and Steven Petracca intercepted a desperation pass on the next play, giving Humphreys an 18-14 win.
Not only do Matthew C. Perry’s boys and girls soccer teams and Nile C. Kinnick’s girls team succeed on the field, they’ve proven they can crack the books as well, at least based on awards they received earlier this month.
Citing concerns over players’ safety while traveling through possible stormy conditions caused by Super Typhoon Hagibis, DODEA-Japan officials announced Thursday that all sports games involving its teams were canceled.
Manzi Siibo’s brother Aki swept the Kanto, DODEA-Japan and Far East cross country titles last year. Now, the freshman speedster is now being called “the next one” by observers and Nile C. Kinnick teammates.