WrestlingDODDS Japan finals When — 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24.Where — Yokota Air Base, Japan.What — Six-team, individual freestyle tournament, featuring the six DODDS Japan schools, Zama, Nile C. Kinnick, Robert D. Edgren, Matthew C. Perry, E.J. King and host Yokota. Kinnick is unbeaten this season in both individual and dual-meet tournaments, but this event could go quite a way in determining the Japan Division II favorite entering next month’s Far East tournament at Osan. Red Devils are also looking to make it two titles in two weeks, following their clinching the Kanto Plain Association of Secondary Schools dual-meet regular-season crown last week.Wrestlers to watch — Kinnick’s George Calbert (135 pounds) and Dre Paylor (168) won their three bouts either by technical fall or pin in last week’s Kanto meet at American School In Japan. Others hoping to make statements include Perry’s Chris Lynch (135); E.J. King’s David Jackson (141) and Thomas McGrath (148); Edgren’s Patrick Sledge (180); Yokota’s Jordan Goodman (141); Zama’s Jacob Martin (heavyweight) and Kevin Groce (180); and Kinnick’s Lucas Wirth (101) and Brady Yoder (148).
Kubasaki at Kadena, dual meet, 6 p.m. Friday. First event taking place on the newly refurbished gym floor at Kadena High School’s Panther Pit. Panthers looking to remain unbeaten in dual-meet competition with the Dragons; they’re 3-0 so far.
Basketball9th Okinawa-American Shootout, Saturday and Sunday at Foster Field House, Camp Foster. Last of three tournaments for Kadena’s and Kubasaki’s boys and girls teams over the last four weeks. Games against mostly small but fleet Japanese teams that play up-tempo ball, much defensive pressure and perimeter shooting. Last chance to tune up for next month’s Far East tournaments.Osan at Seoul American, 5 p.m. Friday, rematch of last week’s 66-63 escape by the Falcons to keep them unbeaten in the Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference Blue-Division standings. A win or loss by two points or fewer by the Falcons virtually clinches their first regular-season title under first-year head coach Jim Davis; an Osan win by four points or more does the same for the Cougars, under second-year coach James Tolliver.Matthew C. Perry and E.J. King in Western Japan Athletic Association tournament at Senri Osaka International School. Samurai and Cobras shared top honors in last month’s WJAA at Canadian Academy; possible the two teams could clash in Saturday’s final. Perry looks to remain unbeaten thus far this season.