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Gillcoat and Joy capture Garner Ivey titles

By Nick Abramo on December 15, 2018

Three boys from Maui, six from the mainland and four from Kamehameha won their weight classes Saturday in the 51st Garner Ivey Invitational at the War Memorial Gym in Wailuku, Maui. Lahainaluna senior Kawehi Gillcoat, who placed in the top six at states three years in a row and is No. 7 in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s pound-for-pound rankings, knocked off Mililani’s Elijah Diamond 20-11 in the 138-pound final. Baldwin’s Kahilihiwa Joy got past Lahainaluna’s Kanoa Lanoza 5-3 at 126 pounds. […]

Corbett gets redemption; Peligrino-Hayase rolls

By Nick Abramo on December 15, 2018

Seven ranked girls got it done Saturday at the 51st Garner Ivey Invitational wrestling tournament at War Memorial Gym in Wailuku, Maui. Three-time state champion Kelani Corbett of Leilehua captured the 168-pound division with a 14-4 victory in the final over Waianae’s Kaleinani Makuaole. It was redemption. Corbett, a senior and ranked No. 1 in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s pound-for-pound rankings, lost 6-5 to Makuaole two weeks ago — her first loss in a high school match since her freshman season. […]

Gillcoat advances; Porter downed on Maui

By Nick Abramo on December 14, 2018

Just two of eight wrestlers in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s pound-for-pound top-10 rankings are competing in the 51st annual Garner Ivey Invitational at the War Memorial Gym in Wailuku, Maui, this weekend. On Friday, the tournament made it through the quarterfinals and will continue on Saturday with wrestlebacks, the semifinals and finals. Kawehi Gillcoat of Lahainaluna, who is ranked No. 7 pound-for-pound, got through to Saturday’s semifinals in the 138-pound class. Gillcoat, a senior, has placed in the top six at […]

7 ranked girls advance to Maui Invitational semifinals

By Nick Abramo on December 14, 2018

Seven girls in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser pound-for-pound top 10 advanced Friday to the semifinals of the 51st Garner Ivey Invitational wrestling tournament at War Memorial Gym in Wailuku. One weight class to watch as they head to the finals and semifinals Saturday is at 168 pounds, where three-time state champion Kelani Corbett of Leilehua and Kaleinani Makuaole of Waianae could meet again. Two weekends ago, Corbett — a senior and No. 1 pound-for-pound — lost a 6-5 match to Makuaole. […]

Macfarlane returns to scene of greatest prep triumph

By Jerry Campany on December 14, 2018

Ilima-Lei Macfarlane will experience some familiar feelings when she walks into the Blaisdell Arena for Bellator 213 on Saturday. Macfarlane will be representing something more than Punahou this time, as she will have the entire state behind her. But the butterflies will probably never be fluttering more than when she took the mat for the 2009 state wrestling championship. In 2009 she met Hana’s Ahnjalee Akuna, a beast of a competitor who went on to wrestle in the World Team […]

Makuaole hands No. 1 Corbett a rare loss

By Nick Abramo on December 6, 2018

Leilehua’s Kelani Corbett is going for her fourth state championship in wrestling in the spring. Not many have done that. But Corbett, ranked No. 1 in the first Hawaii Prep World pound-for-pound rankings of the season, suffered a rare loss in high school competition Saturday in the 155-pound weight class. Corbett lost 5-4 to Kaleinani Makuaole of Waianae, according to Corbett’s coach and father, Kevin Corbett. “It was a good match,” Kevin Corbett said. “She (Makuaole) had a nice takedown […]

P4P: Terukina tops first boys rankings

By Jerry Campany on November 29, 2018

Corey Cabanban and the stacked class of 2018 left a wide open boys wrestling scene behind them. Seven of last year’s top 10 pound-for-pound wrestlers departed to graduation, leaving Kamehameha junior Kysen Terukina as the new sheriff in town. Terukina shook off a shocking loss to Baldwin’s Kahuilihala Joy at Officials last year to pick up his second state title as a sophomore and put him halfway to the coveted slams in the ILH and states. Terukina stands at the […]

P4P: Corbett leads golden age of girls wrestling

By Jerry Campany on November 29, 2018

The short history of girls wrestling in Hawaii has never been so loaded with accomplished athletes. There are 16 state titles represented by this year’s preseason top 10, the same number we left off to end last season despite the graduation of Teniya Alo, Macy Higa and Ira Navarro. Kaiser’s Tiare Ikei took her talents to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, possibly the only place in the country a girl can find better competition than here in Hawaii. […]