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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 […]

Kaiser’s Ikei wrestles to national title

By Nick Abramo on May 16, 2018

Kaiser’s Tiare Ikei wrestled to a national title in Irving, Texas, last weekend. Ikei, who was representing Team Hawaii, won the 49-kilogram (approximately 108 pounds) division in the FILA Cadet Women’s Freestyle division at the 2018 United World Wrestling Women’s Nationals. In the final, Ikei defeated Peyton Prussin of Team Nevada two matches to none. In the first bout, Ikei won by pin in 1:28. In the second one, Ikei won by technical fall, 10-0. Ikei, who will be a […]

Kamehameha’s Terukina wrestles to national title

By Nick Abramo on March 27, 2018

Kamehameha’s Kysen Terukina beat a two-time state champion from Florida en route to a national wrestling championship last weekend in Virginia Beach, Va. Terukina is a two-time Hawaii state champion. In the 120-pound sophomore division final of the NHSCA High School Nationals, Terukina defeated Bretli Reyna of South Dade High (Homestead, Fla.) 6-3. Five other Hawaii wrestlers took part in the tournament, including Kamehameha’s Brant Porter (106), Saint Louis’ Corey Cabanban (126), ‘Iolani’s Kaua Nishigaya (132), Campbell’s Zayren Terukina (145) […]

Leilehua’s Corbett, Taniguchi named Hawaii’s best

By Jerry Campany on March 14, 2018

Leilehua wrestling coach Kevin Corbett and assistant Corey Taniguchi have been named the 2018 coach and assistant coach of the year for Hawaii by the National Wrestling Coaches Association. Corbett and Taniguchi led the Mules to their first state boys championship since 1995 under Stan Ono on the strength of state champion Brett Barefoot and runners-up Hunter Nagatani, Keanu Punley and Jonah Caminos Freitas to beat Kamehameha by a single point. Other state placers included Joe Kila Faafiu (third place), […]

Soaring with the wind: HPA state champ Carl Bryson

By Paul Honda on February 22, 2018

The passing of Carl Bryson hit home for family and friends stretching from Waimea on the Big Island to Maryland. Bryson was a stellar two-way Ironman during an amazing run by Hawaii Preparatory Academy during the 1990s. Playing for his father, head coach Gordon Bryson, with mom Liz Bryson always nearby helping the team, Carl helped Ka Makani contend for the BIIF title several times. Then, in the winter seasons, he was one of the state’s best on the mat, […]