Kinnick opens strong on the mats at Edgren
Nile C. Kinnick wrestling took a first step toward returning to the top of the DODEA-Japan and Far East D-I heap by sweeping all four of its dual meets in the Edgren invitational. The Red Devils beat Yokota 51-7, Zama 61-2, Perry 54-7 and Edgren 62-1.
The Red Devils only lost three bouts. Still, “we learned a lot, had a lot of challenging matches, found some weaknesses and things that we do well,” coach Gary Wilson said. “We had some new guys in the lineup. It was a good experience for them.”
Kinnick finished second last year to St. Mary’s in the Far East tournament and Wilson says the Devils have to “find a way to knock them off.”
Yokota won its other three dual meets to finish second in the tournament, downing Zama 55-10, Edgren 54-9 and Perry 53-10. E.J. King did not attend the tournament.
Panthers coach Ty Gaume said he was pleased to field a full lineup. “There’s strength in numbers and when you have backups at a lot of positions, that strength transfers to the wrestling room where you have people competing for a job.”
He feels Perry, with new coach Chris Munsell, could be a threat down the road. “They have a stack of tremendous athletes,” Gaume said, noting that many came from the D-II football champion team.
“That translated into bigger numbers in the wrestling room. They’re definitely somebody that nobody wants to take lightly.”