4 Down; Titans Take Everything to Make History

In a nutshell, the wrestling team won everything. To explain a little further, the Titans won the Beast of the East, Kanto league, Kanto Tournament, Far East Indivdual tournament, and Far East dual tournament. To add more details, the 2016 wrestling team accomplished something that has never been done before in the history of St. Mary’s wrestling. No Titan squad has ever won both Kanto Titles and both far east titles. The closest team to accomplished this was  2004, 2011, and 2012; which all won three out of the four major titles. This goal that seemed impossible came true on February 17, 2016 when the Titans defeated Kinnick in the Far East dual meet finals 32-24. In 2015, the Titans had 8 wrestlers in the finals and produced 6 Far East champions; a Far East tie record for the number of champions. The day before the epic dual meet victory, they had once again 8 finalists from 101lb to 148lb and again came out with 6 gold medals. They won the Far East Individual champion title with team score of 78; far surpassing Kinnick with 58 points. On top of this, the captain of the team, Kazuho Kawashima at 148lb was selected the tournament’s Outstanding wrestler; only the seventh Titan wrestler to win this award. St. Mary’s took all the trophies, plaques, and banners that were prepared for this tournament.

With 6 champions, 2 runner ups, 1 fourth, and 1 sixth place, St. Mary’s claimed the 2016 Far East Individual champion title. Individual champions were Rio Lemkuil 115lb, Chang Young Lee 122lb, Ryo Osawa 129lb, Ryan Vasconcellos 135lb, Itsuki Shibahara 141lb, and Kazuho Kawashima 148lb. This was Chang Young and Ryan’s third Far East title and Kazuho’s second straight title. Claiming the silver medals were Eshan Singhi 101lb and Tatsuhito Matsumoto 108lb. Austin Koslow 158lb placed sixth and Mitchell Krcelic 168lb placed fourth. For the first time in Far East history, the Titans produced 6 individual Far East champions for two consecutive years. It was also the first time in school history to claim the title for three consecutive years.

Results of the dual meet finals:


St. Mary’s 32 – Kinnick 24

Eshan Singhi (SMIS) defeated Cael Bowen (KIN) 10-0

Lucas Wirth (KIN) pinned Tatsuhito Matsumoto (SMIS)

Rio Lemkuil (SMIS) defeated Chon Dareing (KIN) 10-0

Chang Young Lee (SMIS) pinned Jianni Labato (KIN)

Ryo Osawa (SMIS) defeated Jeremiah Ramos (KIN) 10-0

Ryan Vasconcellos (SMIS) defeated Devoney Stanley (KIN) 10-0

Itsuki Shibahara (SMIS) defeated Vincent Soiles (KIN) 10-0

Kazuho Kawashima (SMIS) defeated Darius Swenson (KIN) 10-0

Austin Koslow (SMIS) decisioned Kacey Walker (KIN)

Ethan Olson (KIN) pinned Mitchell Krcelic (SMIS)

Dwayne Lyon (KIN) defeated Nilay Hingarh (SMIS) 10-0

Kent Jenista (KIN) defeated Shane Koslow (SMIS) 10-0

Chris Deibel (KIN) won by walkover