OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea – There won’t be any disputing which team ruled Pacific high school wrestling this season.
The Division I dual-meet portion of the Far East Wrestling Championships again came down to St. Mary’s International and Nile C. Kinnick on Wednesday. But unlike the last two years, when the Red Devils bounced back to take the team title after the Titans had captured the individual tournament crown, St. Mary’s won both.
The Titans won seven of the first eight matches, building a lead that Kinnick couldn’t overcome in a 32-24 triumph.
Eshan Singhi (101), Rio Lemkuil (115), Chang Young Lee (122), Ryo Osawa (129), Ryan Vasconcellos (135), Itsuki Shibahara (141), Kazuho Kawashima (148) and Austin Koslow (158) all triumphed. Lemkuil, Lee, Osawa, Vaconcellos, Shibahara and Kawashima had all won individual titles on Tuesday.
Kawashima was named the championships’ outstanding wrestler.
Kinnick sophomore Lucas Wirth, himself a Far East champion at 108, was the only Red Devil to record a victory before Kawashima’s victory clinched it.
One key match was at 122 pounds, where Lee pinned Kinnick’s Jianni Labato. The two wrestled multiple times this season and Labato handed Lee his only high school loss in one of those matches. Lee decisioned Labato 4-2 on Tuesday in the title match.
Kinnick’s Ethan Olson (168), Dwayne Lyon (180), Kent Jenista (215) and Chris Deibel (heavyweight) recorded a series of victories to end the match.
Yokota won its first Division II title with a 40-25 victory over defending champion Robert D. Edgren. Details of that match were not available.