Red Devil of a start for Kinnick wrestling

Nile C. Kinnick's Ethan Hamilton locks in a cradle on Matthew C. Perry's Parker Staley at 148 pounds during Saturday's DODEA-Japan dual meet tournament. Hamilton pinned Staley and the Red Devils won the dual meet 37-15. SHION RUDOLPH/SPECIAL TO STRIPES
Nile C. Kinnick's Ethan Hamilton locks in a cradle on Matthew C. Perry's Parker Staley at 148 pounds during Saturday's DODEA-Japan dual meet tournament. Hamilton pinned Staley and the Red Devils won the dual meet 37-15. SHION RUDOLPH/SPECIAL TO STRIPES

Red Devil of a start for Kinnick wrestling

by Jun Sakahira
Stars and Stripes

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan – After what amounted to an off-year for Nile C. Kinnick wrestling, the Red Devils broke out of the gate quickly by winning all four meets in a five-team Saturday DODEA-Japan dual-meet tournament hosted by Matthew C. Perry.

“It was a good first look, but we have a long way to go with our fundamentals,” longtime Kinnick coach Gary Wilson said, adding that conditioning needs to improve as well. “We looked a little tired in a few of the bouts.”

What would be considered a good season for most teams, might have been viewed as disappointing for the Red Devils.

They finished fifth in the Far East Division I dual-meet tournament and fourth in the individual freestyle, after splitting titles with St. Mary’s the previous five years.

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