Wrestling: Kinnick continues to roll, but with a surprise or two
MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan – Nile C. Kinnick wrestling remained perfect through three weeks of the season. But the Red Devils didn’t escape Saturday’s Robert D. Edgren Invitational without one of its premier wrestlers suffering an upset against a previous unknown.
Sophomore Raphael Gomez, in his first year of wrestling for Edgren’s varsity, rallied from an 11-4 deficit to pin Kinnick’s former two-time Far East champion Lucas Wirth in 2 minutes, 35 seconds. The Red Devils beat the Eagles 46-18 in the dual meet-style tournament.
“He’s a great kid and he’s tough,” Eagles coach Justin Edmonds said. Gomez practiced as a middle school protégé under Edmonds in the Eagles wrestling room, did not wrestle as a ninth grader but returned to the mat this season. “We’re going to see what he can do.”
“That’s what makes the sport exciting,” Red Devils coach Gary Wilson said. “Lucas was up and he got caught. It was a strong match the whole way by both wrestlers. Gomez is a quality wrestler and a humble winner.”
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