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January 6, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Japenese wrestlers headed for Puyallup, Snohomish

I wanted to share some information I just received from Emerald Ridge wresting coach Jim Meyerhoff.

You may have noticed we had a short item on the Japanese National team wrestling at Mountlake Terrace Wednesday. We were originally given scant information and it appeared as though it was just an exhitition dual match involving Mountlake Terrace and Edmonds-Woodway. We later found out the Japanese wrestlers faced an “all-star” team featuring opponents from WesCo, KingCo and the Cascade League.

Meyerhoff has provided a much more detailed account of the upcoming match featuring the Japanese wrestlers at Emerald Ridge on Monday, Jan. 10. They will face some of the area’s top wrestlers, which are listed below.

According to Meyerhoff, the Japanese team will wrestle in Moses Lake this weekend and then have a stop in Snohomish sometime next week to complete the Washington tour. I’ll pass along more information on that match as it becomes available.

Here is some of what Meyerhoff provided:

“During their stay in the Puyallup area, the team will stay with wrestlers from Emerald Ridge, Rogers and Graham-Kapowsin high schools. The wrestlers will have an opportunity to attend classes on Monday as well as practice with local teams. They get to experience American life through the homestays.

“The match will be a freestyle competition (international rules, like in the olympics). We will start with an opening ceremony at 6:30 pm, which will include intorductions and an exchange of gifts with the coaches and athletes. Following the national anthems of both countries, we will have 13 matches (anticipated number of matches).

“I do feel that we have put together a solid lineup of local high school athletes competing.”

Here is the expected Washington lineup:

125 pounds: Bryce Evans, Rogers, 122x 2nd State 4A, currently ranked #1 All-Classifications at 119

125 pounds: Joey Palmer, Rogers, 112nd State 4A, currently ranked #1 All-Classifications at 119

145 pounds: Grant Steen, Graham-Kapowsin, 118th State 4A currently ranked #7 All-Classifications at 145

140 pounds: Antonio Brown, Orting, 122x 2nd State 1A, currently ranked #1 All-Classifications at 130

150 pounds: Josh Musick, Enumclaw, 122nd and 3rd State 3A, currently ranked #1 All-Classifications at 152

150 pounds: Nikko Veltri, Orting 12State Champion 1A, 3rd State 1A currently ranked #5 All-Classifications at 152

165 pounds: Kario Wallin, Enumclaw, 122nd State 3A, currently ranked #2 All-Classifications at 160

170 pounds: James Souza, Emerald Ridge, 124th, 5th state 4A, currently ranked #3 All-Classifications at 171

175 pounds: Kadyn Del Toro, Curtis, 114th State 4A currently ranked #8 All-Classifications at 171

175 pounds: Lucas Huyber, Auburn-Mountainview, 12currently ranked #7 All-Classifications at 171

185 pounds: Colten Williams, Emerald Ridge, 123rd State 4A, currently ranked #4 All-Classifications at 189

190 pounds: Easton Hargrave, Tumwater, 122nd State 2A, currently ranked #2 All-Classifications at 189

285 pounds: Michael Henry, Graham-Kapowsin, 12

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