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) and Kapolei’s Gianni Oyadomari (170).
Cabanban, a four-time Hawaii state champion, placed seventh in the senior division.
The tournament draws more than 3,000 wrestlers from all over the country and 52 of the 80 All-Americans at the 2017 NCAA Wrestling Championships previously competed in it.
Terukina also wrestles with the Ewa Wrestling Association club.
Cabanban, who also wrestlers with the Ewa club, made it to the semifinals and lost 5-0 to Hunter Sparks of Roseburg High (Roseburg, Ore.).