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By $content.organization.value.toUpperCase() Published: November 26, 2017

Division I

Kadena Panthers

2017 Far East tournament finish — Third in individual freestyle, dual meet.
Head coach — Holly Willenbrock, Dennis Page (replacing 15-year coach Steve Schrock).
Key performers — Grant Rogers, So., 108; Demetrio Dela Rosa, Jr., 122 (2016 Far East champion); Kaleb Wallace, Sr., 129 (fifth at 122); Bryce Ortiz, So., 141; Ryan Worcester, Sr., 168; Alex Hernandez, Sr., 180; Brayden Frederick, So., 215.
Outlook — Rebuilding. Although Page’s presence keeps the departed Schrock’s philosophy in place, it’s pretty much a start-over with only two wrestlers who placed in Far East the last couple of years.

Kubasaki Dragons

2017 Far East tournament finish — Fourth in individual freestyle, dual meet.
Head coach — Brent Cook, second season.
Key performers — Nick Burwell, So., 215 (runner-up at 180); Hayden Peterson, Jr., 215; Victor Savedra, So., 135; Ruben Savedra, Fr., 135; Koby Karl, Sr., 141; Luke Moseley, Jr., 148; Jacob McConville, Sr., 148/158; Luis Veliz, Jr., 115 (FE third place); Oakley Mueller, Jr., 168; Mason Avers, Jr., 168; Neil Garcia, So., heavyweight; Jaylan Mayers, Fr., 122; Jeremy Liu, Jr., heavyweight (FE third place).
Outlook — Reloading-contending. Plenty of talent remains and has moved in over the last year; just a question of where Cook can best use his weapons to maximize medals and team points. But a good chance to finally knock Kinnick and St. Mary’s from atop the podium they’ve shared the last four seasons.

Nile C. Kinnick Red Devils

2017 Far East tournament finish — Second in individual freestyle, dual-meet.
Head coach — Gary Wilson, eighth season.
Key performers — Lucas Wirth, Sr., 129 (Far East champion in 2015 and 2016; runner-up at 122 a year ago); Devoney Stanley, Sr., 135 (129-pound champion); Darius Swenson, Sr., 158 (three-time Far East medalist); Kameron Leon Guerrero, Jr., 168 (three-time Far East medalist); Jacob Castro, Jr., 148 (FE third); Chris Mason, Jr., 215; Cameron Joley, Jr., heavyweight.
Outlook — Reloading-contending. Yet another strong core of returning seniors and juniors. Red Devils loaded at the middle weights. But Kinnick may have first-year wrestlers in as many as three weight classes. Growth needed to return to the top for the first time in three years.

Seoul American Falcons

2017 Far East tournament finish — Fifth in individual freestyle.
Head coach — Ben Pak, sixth season.
Key performers — None provided.
Outlook — Rebuilding, again. Pak and the Falcons lost two seniors who placed second at Far East last year. Roster is loaded with underclassmen. And with the transformation south to Camp Humphreys, it’s a good bet those on the roster this year may not be next year.

Division II

Daegu Warriors

2017 Far East tournament finish — Fourth in individual freestyle.
Head coach — Jeramie Lentz, fifth season (did not coach last two seasons).
Key performers — Hunter Lane, Sr., 148 (three-time Far East medalist, 148-pound champion and tournament Outstanding Wrestler last year).
Outlook — Rebuilding. Lentz returns and so does Lane, who says he’s hungry for more honors after reaching the top of the mountain last February. But Lane’s training partner, Jake Carter, is gone, and the rest of the team is young and new to the sport. Lentz says he hopes to fill six weights for Far East.

Robert D. Edgren Eagles

2017 Far East tournament finish — Tied for sixth in individual freestyle, fourth in dual meet.
Head coach — Justin Edmonds, 13th season (did not coach last season).
Key performers — None provided.
Outlook — Rebuilding, although Edmonds has returned to a team he coached to nine Far East Division II team championships and eight individual champions.

Humphreys Blackhawks

2016 Far East tournament finish — Eighth in dual meet, did not score in individual freestyle.
Head coach — Charles Perryman, first season.
Key performers — Erich Gries, Sr., 168; Devin Rix, Sr., 158.
Outlook — Building. For the fifth time in five seasons, the Blackhawks start anew with yet another new coach. Perryman has a small group of experienced wrestlers, along with some freshmen who are not new to the sport.

E.J. King Cobras

2017 Far East tournament finish — Third in individual freestyle, fourth in dual meet.
Head coach — Shawn Johnson, first season.
Key performers — Logan Lamabos, Jr., 148; Angelique McKenzie, Sr.; Larwyn Reyles, So., 122 (transferred from Cavelero [Wash.] Mid-High School); Kenji Kono, Jr., 158.
Outlook — Rebuilding. Starting over with yet another new coach, but performed solidly in the season-opening event at Matthew C. Perry.

Osan Cougars

2017 Far East tournament finish — Second in individual freestyle.
Head coach — Michael Paul, second season.
Key performer — Kojiro VanHoose, Jr., 129 (reigning 108-pound champion); Marcus Inthavixay, Fr., 141; Hunter VanHoose, Sr., 148 (141-pound runner-up); Braydon Hammond, Sr., 168-180.
Outlook — Rebuilding-reloading. Numbers are thin at this point, but Paul does have the VanHoose brothers to fall back on; each is expected to contend at his respective weight. Just a question of whether more folks come out to the mat.

Matthew C. Perry Samurai

2017 Far East tournament finish — Ninth in individual freestyle.
Head coach — Chris Munsell, second season.
Key performers — Andrew Borrero, Sr., 158; Mason Graydon, Sr., 148; Marshall China, So., heavyweight; Ethan Peterson, Jr., 180; Ethan Cecil, Sr., 168; Bryan Williams, Sr. 129; Zack Forester, Sr., 215 (transferred from Guam High).
Outlook — Reloading-contending. The ninth-place finish did not set well with Munsell and the returning wrestlers. Plenty of depth and built for now and built to last, with experience in the upper class ranks and depth underneath to keep the program going.

Yokota Panthers

2017 Far East tournament finish — Third in individual freestyle, dual meet champion.
Head coach — Kristina O’Grady, first season.
Key performers — Caleb Heino, So., 101; Kaiden Meyer, 115.
Outlook — Rebuilding. After a few years of contending at the D-II level, Panthers are starting over with a new coach.

Zama Trojans

2016 Far East tournament finish — Tied for sixth in individual freestyle, sixth in dual meet.
Coach — Kelly Winder, first season.
Key performers — Riki Fameli, Jr., 129; Matthew Shealy, Jr., 135; Jefferson Lund, Sr., 168.
Outlook — Rebuilding. Third coaching staff in four years takes over a Trojans team with a small core of three experienced wrestlers with a combined 10 years on the mat.

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