Ikei to compete in Youth Olympic Games

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, Guatemala.

Then, Ikei — a former Hawaii Technology Academy student who wrestled for Kaiser — took the bronze medal at the Cadet World Championships in Zagreb, Croatia.

Ikei also announced recently that she is forgoing her senior year in Hawaii and a chance to defend her state title. Instead, she is moving to Colorado to train at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. She will be attending a charter school there.

Next up for Ikei: the U.S. Women’s Cadet and Junior National Team Training Camp in Fresno, Calif., next week.

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