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“Motown Showdown” opens wrestling season

By Jerry Campany on November 14, 2018

The state champion Leilehua boys wrestling team will get its time in the spotlight on Friday. The Mules, who surprised the field for their first title last spring, will travel to Moanalua on Friday for a spotlight match dubbed the “Motown Showdown.” Girls will begin the action at 6:30 with the boys to follow. The show could begin with bang with Savannah Ramos of Leilehua and Moanalua’s Precious Tampos, a transfer from Waipahu, facing off at 97 pounds. Both of […]

Former Damien athlete loses lawsuit against ILH

By Nick Abramo on August 28, 2018

A state circuit judge ruled in favor of the Interscholastic League of Honolulu and executive director Blane Gaison in a lawsuit challenging the league’s transfer rule. Last month, the parents of former Damien football player and wrestler Keoua Kauhi filed, dropped and then refiled the suit. At an Aug. 21 hearing, judge James Ashford made a summary judgment in favor of the ILH. Due to that summary judgment, Ashford did not consider a temporary restraining order or a preliminary injunction […]

Molokai wrestler Manley earns scholarship award

By Paul Honda on August 6, 2018

Caele Manley, a three-sport athlete who recently graduated from Molokai, has earned a $1,500 scholarship from the Simon Youth Foundation. The announcement was made this morning via Waikele Premium Outlets, a subsidiary of Simon. Manley was a wrestler, cross country runner and volleyball player at Molokai, where he was the valedictorian with a 4.2 grade-point average. He will attend Wheaton College (Ill.), where he will pursue wrestling.

Ikei to compete in Youth Olympic Games

By Nick Abramo on August 3, 2018

Hawaii wrestler Tiare Ikei will represent Team USA at the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games. The event is being held for the third time. This year, it’s Oct. 12-14 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Ikei will wrestle in the 49-kilogram (approximately 108 pounds) division Ikei has been on a tear recently. After winning the 2018 Hawaii state championship at 112 pounds, she won gold at the U.S. women’s national championships in Irving, Texas, and at the Pan-American Championships in Guatemala City, […]

Ikei wins world bronze, will transfer to Colorado

By Nick Abramo on July 13, 2018

Tiare Ikei, a Hawaii Technology Academy student who wrestled last season for Kaiser, won the bronze medal in the 49kg United World Wrestling Cadet Women’s World Championships in Zagreb, Croatia, last week. Ikei pinned Munkhgerel Munkhbat of Mongolia in the first period of the bronze medal match. Earlier in the year, Ikei — the reigning 112-pound Hawaii state champion — won the U.S. women’s national championship in Irving, Texas, and the Pan-American championships in Guatemala City, Guatemala. “I’m thrilled,” Ikei […]

Ten girls wrestlers finish in top 15 in country

By Billy Hull on July 8, 2018

Ten girls wrestlers from Hawaii high schools finished the season ranked in the top 15 in the nation in their respective weight classes. The National Wrestling Hall of Fame released its final rankings for the year last week. Hawaii was represented in seven different divisions with three different wrestlers making the list at 100 pounds. Kahuku’s Teniya Alo was the highest finisher, moving up one spot to No. 2 in the final rankings at 138 pounds. Kaiser’s Tiare Ikei finished […]

Saint Louis’ Cabanban headed to Iowa State

By Nick Abramo on June 3, 2018

It was a whirlwind senior year for Saint Louis’ Corey Cabanban. The four-time state championship wrestler who graduated with the school’s class of 2018 last week will be taking his craft and trying to improve on it in the nation’s heartland. Cabanban will wrestle as an invited walk-on for Iowa State, where he plans to major in business management. “I want to get through college and win a national championship title, represent myself and Hawaii,” he said via cellphone Sunday […]

Kaiser’s Ikei takes Pan-Am wrestling gold medal

By Nick Abramo on May 29, 2018

Kaiser’s Tiare Ikei won a gold medal at the Pan-American Championships cadet wrestling tournament on Saturday in Guatemala City. In the 49-kilogram (approximately 108 pounds) final, Ikei stopped Venzuela’s Maria Jose Mosquera Rojas at the 1:07 mark of the first period. “Getting to compete against other countries and getting the feel at how they wrestle was a lot of fun,” Ikei sent in a text to Hawaii Prep World on Tuesday morning. “I learned a lot and enjoyed meeting new […]