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Robert D. Edgren's Matt Bernal secures a head-in-arm hold on Zama American's Andrew Cavalier during Thursday's 215-pound bout in the 34th DODDS Pacific Far East High School Wrestling Tournament's Division II dual-meet final at Camp Humphreys, South Korea. Bernal pinned Cavalier in 44 seconds, but Zama won the dual meet, 35-29, for a school-first sweep of the dual-meet and individual freestyle team titles in one Far East tournament.

Robert D. Edgren's Matt Bernal secures a head-in-arm hold on Zama American's Andrew Cavalier during Thursday's 215-pound bout in the 34th DODDS Pacific Far East High School Wrestling Tournament's Division II dual-meet final at Camp Humphreys, South Korea. Bernal pinned Cavalier in 44 seconds, but Zama won the dual meet, 35-29, for a school-first sweep of the dual-meet and individual freestyle team titles in one Far East tournament. (Michelle Fox/Special to Stars and Stripes)

Robert D. Edgren's Matt Bernal secures a head-in-arm hold on Zama American's Andrew Cavalier during Thursday's 215-pound bout in the 34th DODDS Pacific Far East High School Wrestling Tournament's Division II dual-meet final at Camp Humphreys, South Korea. Bernal pinned Cavalier in 44 seconds, but Zama won the dual meet, 35-29, for a school-first sweep of the dual-meet and individual freestyle team titles in one Far East tournament.

Robert D. Edgren's Matt Bernal secures a head-in-arm hold on Zama American's Andrew Cavalier during Thursday's 215-pound bout in the 34th DODDS Pacific Far East High School Wrestling Tournament's Division II dual-meet final at Camp Humphreys, South Korea. Bernal pinned Cavalier in 44 seconds, but Zama won the dual meet, 35-29, for a school-first sweep of the dual-meet and individual freestyle team titles in one Far East tournament. (Michelle Fox/Special to Stars and Stripes)

Zama American's Michael Spencer locks in a head-in-arm hold on Robert D. Edgren's Joel Balmforth during Thursday's 168-pound bout in the 34th DODDS Pacific Far East High School Wrestling Tournament's Division II dual-meet final at Camp Humphreys, South Korea. Spencer pinned Balmforth in 36 seconds and Zama won the dual meet, 35-29, securing its school-first sweep of the dual-meet and individual freestyle team titles in one Far East tournament.

Zama American's Michael Spencer locks in a head-in-arm hold on Robert D. Edgren's Joel Balmforth during Thursday's 168-pound bout in the 34th DODDS Pacific Far East High School Wrestling Tournament's Division II dual-meet final at Camp Humphreys, South Korea. Spencer pinned Balmforth in 36 seconds and Zama won the dual meet, 35-29, securing its school-first sweep of the dual-meet and individual freestyle team titles in one Far East tournament. (Michelle Fox/Special to Stars and Stripes)

Robert D. Edgren's Andrew Knowles locks in a chest press on Zama American's Ivan Alston during Thursday's 158-pound bout in the 34th DODDS Pacific Far East High School Wrestling Tournament's Division II dual-meet final at Camp Humphreys, South Korea. Knowles superior decisioned Alston 2-0 (7-0, 8-2), but Zama won the dual meet, 35-29, securing its school-first sweep of the dual-meet and individual freestyle team titles in one Far East tournament.

Robert D. Edgren's Andrew Knowles locks in a chest press on Zama American's Ivan Alston during Thursday's 158-pound bout in the 34th DODDS Pacific Far East High School Wrestling Tournament's Division II dual-meet final at Camp Humphreys, South Korea. Knowles superior decisioned Alston 2-0 (7-0, 8-2), but Zama won the dual meet, 35-29, securing its school-first sweep of the dual-meet and individual freestyle team titles in one Far East tournament. (Michelle Fox/Special to Stars and Stripes)

Zama American's Yurie Tanaka gets the upper hand on Robert D. Edgren's Tim Horton during Thursday's 108-pound bout in the 34th DODDS Pacific Far East High School Wrestling Tournament's Division II dual-meet final at Camp Humphreys, South Korea. Tanaka pinned Horton in 4 minutes, 22 seconds, and Zama won the dual meet, 35-29, securing its school-first sweep of the dual-meet and individual freestyle team titles in one Far East tournament.

Zama American's Yurie Tanaka gets the upper hand on Robert D. Edgren's Tim Horton during Thursday's 108-pound bout in the 34th DODDS Pacific Far East High School Wrestling Tournament's Division II dual-meet final at Camp Humphreys, South Korea. Tanaka pinned Horton in 4 minutes, 22 seconds, and Zama won the dual meet, 35-29, securing its school-first sweep of the dual-meet and individual freestyle team titles in one Far East tournament. (Michelle Fox/Special to Stars and Stripes)

Robert D. Edgren's Andrew Knowles gets the upper hand on Zama American's Ivan Alston during Thursday's 158-pound bout in the 34th DODDS Pacific Far East High School Wrestling Tournament's Division II dual-meet final at Camp Humphreys, South Korea. Knowles superior decisioned Alston 2-0 (7-0, 8-2), but Zama won the dual meet, 35-29, securing its school-first sweep of the dual-meet and individual freestyle team titles in one Far East tournament.

Robert D. Edgren's Andrew Knowles gets the upper hand on Zama American's Ivan Alston during Thursday's 158-pound bout in the 34th DODDS Pacific Far East High School Wrestling Tournament's Division II dual-meet final at Camp Humphreys, South Korea. Knowles superior decisioned Alston 2-0 (7-0, 8-2), but Zama won the dual meet, 35-29, securing its school-first sweep of the dual-meet and individual freestyle team titles in one Far East tournament. (Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes)

Robert D. Edgren's Keith Johnson gets the upper hand on Zama American's Keith Misiaszek during Thursday's 129-pound bout in the 34th DODDS Pacific Far East High School Wrestling Tournament's Division II dual-meet final at  Camp Humphreys, South Korea. Johnson pinned Misiaszek in 50 seconds, but Zama won the dual meet, 35-29, securing its school-first sweep of the dual-meet and individual freestyle team titles in one Far East tournament.

Robert D. Edgren's Keith Johnson gets the upper hand on Zama American's Keith Misiaszek during Thursday's 129-pound bout in the 34th DODDS Pacific Far East High School Wrestling Tournament's Division II dual-meet final at Camp Humphreys, South Korea. Johnson pinned Misiaszek in 50 seconds, but Zama won the dual meet, 35-29, securing its school-first sweep of the dual-meet and individual freestyle team titles in one Far East tournament. (Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes)

Zama American's Yurie Tanaka wrenches the shoulders of Robert D. Edgren's Tim Horton to the mat during Thursday's 108-pound bout in the 34th DODDS Pacific Far East High School Wrestling Tournament's Division II dual-meet final at Camp Humphreys, South Korea. Tanaka pinned Horton in 4 minutes, 22 seconds and Zama won the dual meet, 35-29, securing its school-first sweep of the dual-meet and individual freestyle team titles in one Far East tournament.

Zama American's Yurie Tanaka wrenches the shoulders of Robert D. Edgren's Tim Horton to the mat during Thursday's 108-pound bout in the 34th DODDS Pacific Far East High School Wrestling Tournament's Division II dual-meet final at Camp Humphreys, South Korea. Tanaka pinned Horton in 4 minutes, 22 seconds and Zama won the dual meet, 35-29, securing its school-first sweep of the dual-meet and individual freestyle team titles in one Far East tournament. (Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes)

Zama American's Yurie Tanaka gains the upper hand on Robert D. Edgren's Tim Horton during Thursday's 108-pound bout in the 34th DODDS Pacific Far East High School Wrestling Tournament's Division II dual-meet final at Camp Humphreys, South Korea. Tanaka pinned Horton in 4 minutes, 22 seconds and Zama won the dual meet, 35-29, securing its school-first sweep of the dual-meet and individual freestyle team titles in one Far East tournament.

Zama American's Yurie Tanaka gains the upper hand on Robert D. Edgren's Tim Horton during Thursday's 108-pound bout in the 34th DODDS Pacific Far East High School Wrestling Tournament's Division II dual-meet final at Camp Humphreys, South Korea. Tanaka pinned Horton in 4 minutes, 22 seconds and Zama won the dual meet, 35-29, securing its school-first sweep of the dual-meet and individual freestyle team titles in one Far East tournament. (Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes)

CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea – It could not have ended better for Michael Spencer and his Zama American Trojans.

The senior three-time Far East High School Wrestling Tournament champion capped his career by helping Zama sweep the individual freestyle and dual-meet team titles - a school first - in its first Division II season. He also earned outstanding wrestler honors.

“We made history,” Spencer said after pinning Joel Balmforth in 36 seconds to help lead Zama past Robert D. Edgren, 35-29, in Thursday’s dual-meet final. “Great season. All the hard work paid off.”

Prior to Wednesday’s title in the individual-freestyle portion of the tournament, Zama hadn’t won a Far East mat title since sharing the crown with St. Mary’s International in 1982. It earned a share of the Kanto Plain Association of Secondary Schools title for the first time since 1990.

“It’s a pretty big deal, definitely a historic season for Zama,” third-year Trojans coach Chris Iredale said.

It was also a great day to be a Titan, as heavyweight Chidi Agbo scored a clinching decision over Gabe Ahner and St. Mary’s edged Kadena, 31-27, for the Division I crown. That meant a Kanto Plain sweep of all four team titles for the first time in one Far East Tournament.

“The Kanto Plain is back,” Titans coach Ian Harlow said. “I have no words for how I feel right now.”

Besides Spencer, Zama got pinfall victories from Mitchell Harrison (180 pounds) and Yurie Tanaka (108) plus a superior decision from Josh Elliot (115), and earned 15 points with three walkovers.

“These guys came through when we needed them to,” Iredale said. “They pulled it together when we needed it.”

Edgren responded with pins by Keith Johnson (129), Cody Scherrer (141), Aric Butterfield (148) and Matt Bernal (215) plus a superior decision by Andrew Knowles (158) and one walkover victory.

With St. Mary’s leading Kadena 28-26, Agbo needed only a decision over Ahner to sew up the title. But he suffered a scare midway through the second period as Ahner tripped him onto his back for 20 seconds.

But Agbo rolled out, then lifted Ahner into a three-point throw, then tilted Ahner out of bounds for two more points and a 2-0, 6-5 victory.

“I’ve always said if it comes down to Chidi, I’ll always put my money on Chidi,” Harlow said. “He’s never done that before. He (Ahner) wrestled like he wanted it today.”

Kadena led early on a David Hernandez decision at 101 and Thomas Cioppa’s pin at 108, but St. Mary’s seized the lead for good on pins by Soma Yoshida (115), Kelly Langley (122), JP Kwak (129) and Koki Fujiwara (135).

The Panthers badly needed pins from weight-class champions Jacob Bishop, who lost to St. Mary’s Brendan Hymas at 148, and Cory Peckins, who could only manage a two-period decision at 158.

“It’s huge, but we had kids who performed and were very successful in places where they weren’t earlier,” Kadena coach Jeff Elliott said of Hernandez and 168-pounder David Knight, among others.

Spencer took outstanding wrestler honors by coaches’ vote, outpolling fellow three-time Far East gold medalist Marcus Boehler of Nile C. Kinnick and St. Mary’s Agbo. Spencer is the third Zama wrestler so honored and the first since David Burnett in 2004.

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Dave Ornauer has been employed by or assigned to Stars and Stripes Pacific almost continuously since March 5, 1981. He covers interservice and high school sports at DODEA-Pacific schools and manages the Pacific Storm Tracker.

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