WrestlingNile C. Kinnick Invitational “Beast of the Far East” Tournament When — 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 10.Where — Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan.What — Lone in-season invitational tournament that welcomes DODDS Japan and interdistrict teams, plus the three Kanto Plain international schools and one Japanese school. Since its inception in 1994, it has been the largest meet of the regular season, serving as an important tune-up for teams preparing for next month’s Far East tournament at Osan. All but four of the schools planning to attend Far East will be at “Beast.” The event was limited to DODDS Japan and Kanto schools only and was called the Kinnick Individual Tournament last January. Teams entered — Robert D. Edgren, Yokota, Zama, Kinnick, Matthew C. Perry, E.J. King, American School In Japan, Christian Academy Japan, St. Mary’s, Shonan Military Academy, Kubasaki and Seoul Wrestling Club.Wrestlers to watch — Three of the four returning Far East champions should be in attendance, Chang Young Lee (101) and Ryan Vasconcellos (122 in 2013) of St. Mary’s and Kubasaki heavyweight Christian Fernandez. Lee also won at 101 pounds in last year’s Kinnick Individual; the other returning winner is Kinnick’s Vincent Soiles (108).Also — Kinnick won the team title in the invitational last year by 84 points to 62 for St. Mary’s. The Titans went on to win the Far East Division I individual freestyle tournament and the Red Devils the Far East D-I dual-meet tournament title. … Edgren is the reigning Far East Division II champion; the Eagles finished highest among D-II teams in last year’s Kinnick tournament, fourth place with 43 points. … While not affiliated with Seoul American, the Seoul Wrestling Club is the first presence in the “Beast” tournament since 2005. Coach Ben Pak will have six of his 13 high school wrestlers in tow … The last time Kubasaki entered the tournament, in 2013, the Dragons won “Beast” with 38 points to 34 for Kadena; Kubasaki went on to sweep both D-I Far East team titles the next month, also at Kinnick.

BasketballSeoul American at Daegu, 3:30 p.m. Friday, first of two regular-season meetings pitting the reigning Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference Blue Division regular-season champion Falcons at last year’s Far East Division II and KAIAC Blue tournament champion Warriors. The Falcons are unbeaten this season; the Warriors winless.

Taipei American vs. Okinawa teams, the first visit by any Tigers team in any sport to Okinawa since the 1983 Far East Girls Volleyball Tournament. TAS boys face Kubasaki, Kadena, Zion Christian Academy and Okinawa Christian on Saturday and Sunday, while the Tigers girls have Saturday games against Kadena and Kubasaki. All varsity games will be played at Kubasaki.Yokota at Edgren, girls 7 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday, boys at 8:30 p.m. Friday and 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Between them, the Panthers and Eagles boys and girls teams have a combined 14-1 win-loss record against DODDS Japan opponents; the only loss was by Edgren’s boys, 49-38 on Dec. 6 at Zama. The Panthers boys and girls have the best point differentials in the Pacific, +37.7 and +23.7; the Eagles’ combined point margin against DODDS D-II opponents is +12.

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