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Scott WoodWrestling

Kubasaki, Okinawa

Last week: Scored a crucial pinfall victory to power the Dragons to a 41-23 victory over archrival Kadena on Thursday. Kubasaki improved to 2-0 against the Panthers this season and clinched its first Okinawa Activities Council season series championship over Kadena since the 2002-03 season.

Wood, a sophomore, pinned Kadena’s Aaron Avila in 50 seconds. Wood also won the 115-pound gold medal in Sunday’s first Okinawa-American high school tournament at Kubasaki. Wood will remain at Kubasaki until he graduates, said coach Terry Chumley, who predicted the grappler will be a “cornerstone” in Kubasaki’s program in the coming years.

“He’s smart, he’s driven, he gives it 1,000 percent,” Chumley said, adding that Wood, a defending Far East tournament gold medalist, has a chance to join Justin Miller as the school’s only four-time Far East champion.

Carl’Meisha WourmanBasketball

Nile C. Kinnick, Japan

Last week: Averaged 14 points, 3.3 assists and 5.1 steals in three games as the rebuilding Red Devils went 2-1, improving to 6-9 with their best three-game stretch of the season.

Wourman, a junior, had 13 points and sent the game into overtime with a foul shot before Kinnick fell 53-52 to St. Maur International on Jan. 17.

On Friday, she scored 14 points as the Devils pounded Zama American 57-40, then on Saturday hit the game-winning foul shot with eight seconds left, finished with 15 points and 10 steals in a 41-40 victory over American School In Japan.

“She’s been a big factor in my team this year,” coach Henry Falk said.

“She’s been pushing the ball down court, taking control. If Carl’Meisha gets out there and starts making her shots and goes and steals, it’s contagious for the rest of the team. It does nice things for our team.”

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