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Wrestling completes first day of Far East Tournament

CAJ’s wrestling team began its Far East Tournament at Kinnick on Thursday with a total of eight matches for their three wrestlers.

Joe (108 pounds) pinned his first opponent from Yokota, then was pinned in his semifinal match against Kadena. To end the day, he recovered to pin his consolation opponent from Kinnick.

Jordan (115) also followed the sequence of win, loss, win, but his first win against Kinnick and his loss against St. Mary’s were both by points rather than a pin. His loss was a very tight 10-8 defeat to his rival that was a very intense battle all the way through. He was able to pin his ASIJ opponent.

Both Joe and Jordan have a chance to place as high as second in their weight classes on Friday. First, they will need to win their final matches in the consolation bracket to capture third. Then, if the wrestlers they lost to yesterday end up winning their weight classes, both Joe and Jordan will have a chance to compete for second against the wrestlers who lost in the final match, coach Morris Yaegashi said.

Tai (122), meanwhile, lost his first match against M.C. Perry by pin, then lost his second match by points against Kinnick. 

Yaegashi was very happy with Tai’s match against Kinnick.

“It was his best performance,” Yaegashi said. “I was proud of him. He was listening well and trying to do what I was coaching him from the corner.”

Competition starts at noon on Friday because of the snowy weather. The individual championships will be conclude at some point during the afternoon, and then the dual meet championship will start based on the total points each school scored during the individual championships.
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