YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan – It was a typical performance for Wendell Harrison in his two years at Nile C. Kinnick:
A slew of big-point throws, a win by technical fall here, a pin there, a weight-class championship and being named Outstanding Wrestler of the “Beast of the Far East” tournament.
The question being, was Saturday his last in a Red Devils uniform?
The junior 158-pounder is due to transfer to Hawaii next week, Red Devils coach Stan Hovell said, though the family is trying to delay the move to allow Harrison to compete in the Far East tournament later this month.
“A little,” Hovell said, asked if there was some hope Harrison might stay. “His dad is going to try to push it back again.”
Whether he stays or goes, Harrison was the toast of a “Beast” tournament that served as the final tune-up for the Far East meet for 11 of the 12 teams present.
“Four-point throws and wrestling smart,” Hovell said of Harrison.
But the talk of the tournament was of Shonan Military Academy, which outdistanced Kinnick for the team title 79 points to 50 – and featured girls in the lightest two weight classes, each of whom won their respective weights.
“The girls were incredible,” Hovell said of Nanako Takeuchi, the 101-pound champion, and Hanano Ohya, who took the 108-pound title. All told, five Shonan wrestlers won weight classes.
That far outdistanced the rest of the group, including DODEA-Japan’s six schools, Kadena and Kubasaki of Okinawa and three Tokyo-area Kanto Plain international school teams.
Sebastian Campbell of Matthew C. Perry took the 115-pound title, St. Mary’s Masaya Toyokawa was victorious at 129, American School In Japan’s Bryce Clement won at 141, Kinnick’s Joshua Hernandez won at 168, Kadena’s Jeremiah Drummer was the 180-pound winner, Christian Academy Japan’s Jamie Marshall took the 215-pound title and Kubasaki’s Anthony Finegan won at heavyweight.
The Far East meet is next, Jan. 30-Feb. 1, with the individual weight-class finals on the 31st and the dual-meet finals on Feb. 1.
Former Stripes reporter James Kimber contributed to this report.