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Wrestling loses dual meet to ASIJ

The wrestling team continued an injury-plagued season on Tuesday in a dual meet at ASIJ. CAJ had just three healthy wrestlers (Joe, Jordan and Tai), but only Jordan had an opponent to compete against.

Since Jordan (115 pounds) won by technical fall (four points) and Joe (108) and Tai (122) won by forfeit (five points each), the Knights secured 14 points to the Mustangs' 50.

Joseph (head injury), SungWon (ear injury) and Philip (shoulder injury) did not compete for the official team, while Safari was unable to participate in an exhibition capacity due to her knee injury.

Coach Morris Yaegashi said he is hopeful that SungWon's ear might heal enough for him be able to wrestle at Kanto League Finals this Saturday. That would give the Knights competitors in four different weight classes and Natasha as an exhibition participant. He added that Joseph, Philip and Safari will possibly compete, but are not likely to do so.

Yaegashi said that the team is still working hard despite the injuries, and that the wrestlers realize that practices don't change just because there are fewer people participating.

"For better or for worse, they've gotten used to having a small team," Yaegashi said. "I don't think it's fazed them too much that we're losing more people because they're used to having a small team. I just tell them that where we lack in quantity, we have to make up [for it] in quality."

Saturday's Kanto League Finals at St. Mary's will be the next-to-last competition for the wrestling team. They will then compete at Far East at Kinnick from February 1 to 3.
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