For the fourth time this season, St. Mary’s wrestling team scored a tournament title, this time in the lair of the Titans’ biggest rival, Nile C. Kinnick. St. Mary’s won four weight classes and outpointed the host Red Devils 114-106 in the Kinnick Invitational.
Jong Pyeong Lee (108 pounds), Jihoon Seo (148) and defending Far East champions Chang Young Lee (135) and Ryo Osawa (141) won for St. Mary’s. It’s the last regular-season competition for the Titans before the Kanto finals next Saturday at St. Mary’s.
“I feel everyone in the lineup from 101 to 215 is capable of placing in the top three at Far East,” Titans coach Shu Yabui said. Far East is slated for Feb. 16-18 at Osan and the Red Devils and Titans have monopolized the Division I titles the last three years.
The Red Devils also won four weight classes, Chon Dareing at 115, Mark Domery at heavyweight and reigning Far East champions Lucas Wirth (122) and Dwayne Lyon (180).
While coach Gary Wilson says the Red Devils are ready for battle, “it’s a bit of an uphill battle, but we have a solid core of veterans that are going to have to come up big for us over the next two weeks,” he said. “Keep it close and hope for an upset or two.”