By STARS AND STRIPES Published: December 5, 2019
2019 Far East tournament finish — Fifth in individual freestyle, fourth in dual-meet.
Head coach — Ben Pak, second season (coached the previous six seasons at Seoul American).
Key performers — None provided.
Outlook — Rebuilding. Blackhawks have just two returners, and neither of them placed at Far East. On the bright side, the same coach returns for a second straight season for the first time in school history.
2019 Far East tournament finish — Sixth in both individual freestyle, dual meet.
Head coach — Scott Maskery, first season (assistant last year).
Key performers — Mizuki Sato-Marsh, So., 101; Mirai Sato-Marsh, So., 108; Manny Ramos, Jr., 115 (fourth at 101 in Far East last year); Axel Shepherd, Jr., 122; Kurt Chapman, So., 129 (fifth at 108 in Far East last year); Paul Maskery, Jr., 135; Gabriel Barrientos, Jr., 141; Nicholas Geary, Jr., 168.
Outlook — Reloading. Many more wrestlers in the room, 11 returning, 16 new. New sense of commitment from the wrestlers and the four volunteer coaches. “The team is already better from where we ended last year,” coach Maskery said.
2019 Far East tournament finish — Individual freestyle champion, dual meet runner-up.
Head coach — Brent Cook, fourth season.
Key performers — Jaylan Mayers, Jr., 122 (reigning Far East champion); Victor Saavedra, Sr., 135 (third at Far East); Colin Lundberg, Sr., 148 (fourth at 141 at Far East); Colin Nation, Jr., 180 (incoming state champion from Tampa Prep (Fla.)); Haydn Peterson, Sr., 180 (reigning Far East 215-pound champion).
Outlook — Contending. Back on top last season after a five-year absence, the Dragons retain a major portion of that championship core and are shooting for more this season. Cook also still retains his stable of assistants, including former Dragons star Josh Bales and former two-time Far East champion Robby Duncan.
Nile C. Kinnick Red Devils
2019 Far East tournament finish — Fourth in individual freestyle, fifth in dual meet.
Head coach — Gary Wilson, 10th season.
Key performers — Alexei Mutoh, So., 101 (reigning Far East champion); Liam Jones, Sr., 115; Kenerick McDanel, Sr., 129 (fourth at Far East); Joshua Millare, Sr., 135 (fourth at Far East); Ethan Hamilton, Sr., 141 (third at Far East); Kaleb Leon Guerrero, Fr., 148 (fourth at Far East); Alex Lovell, Sr., 168; Lucas Watkins, Jr., 180.
Outlook — A dark-horse contender, Wilson says. From a team with just one Far East returner a year ago, the Red Devils return seven this season. Much potential dots the entire roster, but Kinnick’s success will depend on how much that roster improves by Far East.
2019 Far East tournament finish — Eighth in individual freestyle.
Head coach — Jeramie Lentz, seventh season.
Key performers — Charles Lyons, Sr., 135; Anna Aguirre, Sr., 148.
Outlook — Rebuilding. Two returning wrestlers, as was the case last year. Only seven weights filled thus far, with only Lyons and Aguirre having any experience.
Robert D. Edgren Eagles
2019 Far East tournament finish — Defending individual freestyle, dual-meet champion.
Head coach — Justin Edmonds, 15th season.
Key performers — Ethan Hovenkotter, Jr., 148; Chase Quigley, Sr., 215 (third at Far East last year); Jason Dudley, Sr, 180-215; Jared Ricks Sr., weight TBD.
Outlook — Reloading-contending. The numbers are down, but the Eagles continue to chase individual and team gold; they’ve won 11 team championships and eight individual weight-class titles under Edmonds, who ranks second among Pacific coaches all time in Far East titles.
2019 Far East tournament finish — third in individual freestyle.
Head coach — Andrew Grant, second season.
Key performers — Marcus Inthavixay, Jr., 158-168 (reigning Far East champion); Samantha Hendrickson, So., 122 (transferred from Edgren, sixth at 108 at Far East); Ramil Celones, Jr., 148-158 (transferred from Yokota, sixth at 135 at Far East); Toy Williams, So., 141 (transferred from Seoul American, sixth at 148 at Far East); Zathian Soto, So., 129; Nathan Morales, Fr, 129.
Outlook — Rebuilding-reloading. From two wrestlers two years ago, from six last season, the Cougars now have 26 in the practice room and feature a full lineup.
Matthew C. Perry Samurai
2019 Far East tournament finish — Tied for fourth in individual freestyle, third in dual meet.
Head coach — Chris Munsell, fourth season.
Key performers — Marshall China, Sr., heavyweight (two-time defending Far East champion); Marcus Irons, Jr., 115; Hunter Staley, Jr., 215; Joel Pacleb, Jr., 108; Jaythan Baythavong, Jr., 129; James Williams, So., 122; Shawn Swindell, Jr., 158; Nemo Matthews, Sr., 168.
Outlook — Reloading. Small core of experienced wrestlers returning; the rest are new to the mat and face a learning curve. China enters the season as perhaps the one sure thing on the Samurai.
2019 Far East tournament finish — Second in individual freestyle, dual meet.
Head coach — Kristina O’Grady, third season.
Key performers — Caleb Heino, Sr., 108 (Far East runner-up, 101-pound Far East champion in 2018); Chris DeGrella, Jr., 122 (fourth at Far East); Austin Fisher, Sr., 180 (Far East runner-up).
Outlook — Reloading-contending. Number of returning wrestlers is small, but they have pedigree; O’Grady considers the Panthers a contender every time they step on the mat.
2019 Far East tournament finish — Sixth in individual freestyle, fourth in dual meet.
Coach — Guy Snyder, second season.
Key performers — Eligh Cabe, Jr., 141; Desmond Martin, Sr., heavyweight (runner-up at Far East); Moises Caravajal, Sr., 129-135 (transferred from States late last season); Kaito Hayashi, Sr., 122 (fifth at Far East); Joseph Sanchez, Sr., 129.
Outlook — Reloading-contending. Good mix of veterans and newcomers, team has grown and interest is high in the wake of Zama’s D-II football title.