Michael SpencerWrestlingZama American, Japan
Last week — Won the 168-pound weight class, helped the Trojans to a share of the team title and captured Outstanding Wrestler honors in Saturday’s E.J. King Invitational Wrestling Tournament at Sasebo Naval Base.
Spencer, a senior and two-time reigning Far East Tournament gold medalist, remains unbeaten this season in 15 bouts and has won gold medals in all four tournaments the Trojans have entered this season. He has a shot at becoming the first three-time Far East gold medalist in school history.
Aside from top-shelf wrestling and scholastics, coach Chris Iredale says Spencer has “really stepped up” as team captain, taking some of Iredale’s duties during practices. “His leadership has really improved this year as captain. And his wrestling is great as it’s always been,” he said.
Jen BlackBasketballRobert D. Edgren, Japan
Last week — Averaged 20.5 points in two games played just five hours apart as the Eagles improved to 4-2 in DODDS Japan, second behind unbeaten Yokota, and 6-4 overall, third-best in Japan, with a weekend sweep of Nile C. Kinnick.
Black, a junior, scored 21 points in Edgren’s 61-56 victory Saturday morning over the Red Devils. That same afternoon, Black tallied 20 points as the Eagles completed the sweep with a 44-41 triumph.
“Jen is a dedicated player who plays with heart from the time she steps on the court,” coach Sarah Richardson said. “She always motivates her teammates to give their best. Her energy and speed on the court motivates her teammates to step up their defense and offense. She is a fantastic team leader.”