Wrestling: Titans keep rolling on mats
CAMP ZAMA, Japan – For a third straight week, St. Mary’s held sway over its closest rival, Kinnick, capturing the team title and four titles in the Zama Invitational.
The Titans got victories from reigning Far East champions Chang Young Lee (135 pounds) and Ryo Osawa (141), and also from Tatsuhito Matsumoto (115) and Alex Patton (180).
Matsumoto had lost a week earlier to Kinnick’s Chon Dareing and Patton to Kinnick’s Dwayne Lyon, another defending Far East champion, in the “Beast of the Far East” tournament at Yokota; this time, they put the shoes on the other foot.
Titans coach Shu Yabui said some of his wrestlers had opponents on their backs but couldn’t pin them and got beaten instead.
“If we could clean up those mistakes” before next month’s Far East tournament at Osan, “I think we are in good position to compete with Kinnick for another (Far East team) title or two,” Yabui said.
The Red Devils got wins from returning Far East champion Lucas Wirth (122), along with Charlie Labato (108), Devoney Stanley (129) and Mark Domery (heavyweight).
“When it’s this close, you have to be at your best all the time,” Devils coach Gary Wilson said.
“Small letdowns can affect both individual and team results. On the flip side, the only way to improve is to be challenged, and we are fortunate to be part of this consistently challenging league.”