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Meaningful moment

Photo by Adam Lapierre.

Hood River Valley High School teacher and head wrestling coach Trent Kroll exchanges a handshake and a bow with Yoichi Okada, head coach of Japan’s U18 national wrestling team Monday afternoon at HRVHS. A group of 16 visiting Japanese wrestlers were in Hood River as part of a cultural exchange trip that brought them to Montana, Washington and Oregon, where they toured the area, stayed with host families and participated in friendly wrestling matches like the one HRVHS hosted Monday. In front of a packed audience, members of the Eagles’ wrestling team (and two from The Dalles) did their best against their Japanese counterparts. As anticipated, all 12 matches were won by the visiting national team wrestlers.

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