Yokota MS White Tiger Wrestling Team brings home 15 medals
The American School in Japan hosted a Middle School Freestyle wrestling tournament on Saturday, Jan. 23 and Yokota brought home 15 medals, six Gold, eight Silver, and a Bronze.
This is the inaugural season at Yokota Middle School for Head Coach David Horne. “I am very impressed with how much progress the wrestlers have made this season, from the first year wrestlers to those with several years experience, each one has contributed to the development of the team, their positive attitudes have been a major component to the success of the whole team,” he said.
One of the Gold medal winners, Owen Lambie, had a positive attitude when asked about his wrestling success this season. “I think the real reason for my success is just because I listened and did what I was told, but it took lots of hard work as well,” he said. Lambie went undefeated and won each match by Fall, more commonly referred to as a “Pin.”
Pictured above are two of the White Tiger’s finest, Matthew Hoffman (right) came away with Gold while teammate Paul Maskery (middle) earned a Silver medal, and Kai Harada (left) of ASIJ took Bronze. Other YMS wrestlers who earned Gold were Luke Alexander, Chris Cadet, Caleb Heino, and Lane Vanega; Silver medalists were Jacob Dangcil, Ian Davis, Alyssa Goodman, Kai Fisher, Trinity Pendleton, Caleb Struve and Kyle Yost ; and Connor Rowan Bronze.
ASIJ did a great job hosting the tournament from start to finish, they matched up wrestlers into brackets based on weight and experience level which made for very competitive bouts.
The White Tiger wrestlers and the coaching staff look to continue their international wrestling success at the season finale tournament hosted by Saint Mary’s International School on Saturday, Jan. 30.