Osan's Marcus Inthavixay lifts Daegu's Gavin Jackson in the 158-pound bout during a DODEA-Korea wrestling quad meet at Camp Walke rin January. Inthavixay won a 12-9 decision and has gone unbeaten against Jackson this season. (MARY SARANTAKES/SPECIAL TO STRIPES)
Osan's Marcus Inthavixay lifts Daegu's Gavin Jackson in the 158-pound bout during a DODEA-Korea wrestling quad meet at Camp Walke rin January. Inthavixay won a 12-9 decision and has gone unbeaten against Jackson this season. (MARY SARANTAKES/SPECIAL TO STRIPES)

Wrestling: Wrestling facing empty-mat syndrome in Korea

by Dave Ornauer
Stripes Korea

With four teams and 13 weight classes, a typical DODEA-Korea high school wrestling quad meet could – in theory - feature 78 bouts.

This season, the average number of bouts had been 20.7 entering Saturday’s meet at Humphreys. But the first meet at the school in two years featured just three teams and a season-low 11 bouts.

“I felt bad for my kids and their parents,” coach Ben Pak of Humphreys said. “I had people coming. I emailed the staff. The kids were telling their teachers and their parents. They came out to see them wrestle, but no matches.”

Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/1.568212

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