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Wrestling competes at Beast of the East tournament

The wrestling team competed in The Beast tournament on Saturday at the Yokosuka Naval Base. With Joseph and SungWon injured, only four varsity wrestlers and one exhibition wrestler competed for the Knights.

Jordan (115 pounds) and Joe (108) were the two wrestlers who won a match for CAJ, but only Jordan was able to place in the top three in his division.

Jordan captured second place in his weight class, losing only his first match against the eventual champion from Kubasaki. He won all the rest of his matches, including a 10-0 technical fall victory against his final opponent to clinch second place.

Coach Morris Yaegashi sees the 115-pound champion from Kubasaki as someone Jordan is capable of beating at Far East in February, due to the Knights wrestler’s superior array of moves.

“The Kubasaki guy is really tough, really physical, and he’s good at breaking an opponent down and going to a sweep single,” Yaegashi said, but added that Jordan has three strong go-to moves.

Jordan himself sees where he went wrong in his only loss of the day. “I was wrestling with my upper body, but I’ve learned from today’s match that he’s a bit bigger than me and has more upper body power,” Jordan said. “[Next time] I won’t worry so much about trying to bring him down using my muscle. Instead, I need to worry about my leg movement and keeping my legs away from him.”

CAJ’s wrestling team has a dual meet at ASIJ next Tuesday, which will be its final match before next Saturday’s Kanto League Finals at St. Mary’s.
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