Wrestling: St. Mary’s prevails in first dual meet with Kinnick
TOKYO – St. Mary’s wrestling picked up right where it left off in the first regular-season meeting with Nile C. Kinnick, the same team it defeated 32-29 last Feb. 17 in the Far East meet. Only Saturday’s matchup at ASIJ was not that close.
Getting wins by Rio Lemkuil (122 pounds) and Alex Patton (180) over defending Far East champions Lucas Wirth and Dwayne Lyon, the Titans cruised to a 35-19 win over the Red Devils in Saturday’s Kanto Plain dual-meet fest at Mustang Valley.
Those wins, coupled with Tatsuhito Matsumoto’s decision over Chon Dareing at 115 pounds, “were huge,” Titans coach Shu Yabui said. “They are their best wrestlers and being able to defeat them means we’re on the right track.”
But it also could light a fire under Kinnick, Yabui said, pointing to next Saturday’s “Beast of the East” tournament at Yokota.
“They will wrestle harder and smarter the next time we see them,” Yabui said. “We should be able to get a better overall picture next week.”
“St. Mary’s was the better team, hands down,” Red Devils coach Gary Wilson said. “For Kinnick, the challenge will be to respond in the right way to this setback.”
The Titans won their three duals. Kinnick won two of three with Charlie Labato (108) and Devoney Stanley (129) 3-0 on the day. Christian Academy Japan went 2-1, ASIJ and Yokota 1-2 and Zama 0-3.