There is certainly no bias against heavyweights in the ILH offices.
Iolani heavyweight Dane Yamashiro was selected the ILH’s most valuable player in boys wrestling on Friday.
The senior wrapped up his ILH career with a second league title at 285 pounds and followed it up with a repeat at the state championships. He pinned both opponents he faced at the ILH championships and was one of only six ILH boys to sweep Officials, league and state crowns.
Yamashiro finished fourth in Hawaii Prep World’s Pound-for-Pound rankings, behind two other ILH athletes. Corey Cabanaban of Saint Louis was No. 1 and Iolani’s KJ Pascua was just as dominant as the state’s No. 2. Pascua, a senior, finished his ILH campaign with his fourth straight league title and Cabanban won his third as a junior. Pascua was the league MVP as a sophomore.
Kamehameha freshman Kysen Terukina was probably also in the mix for the ILH award. League champions were all named all stars. Iolani’s Walden Au was selected the boys coach of the year for the second straight campaign.
Ashley Gooman of Kamehameha was chosen the most valuable among girls after taking her second league title as a sophomore and following it up with a repeat at states. The Warriors have had the league’s MVP for five straight years with Teshya Alo taking it the previous three years and teammate Bree Rapoza sharing it with Thai Ha Sloan of Punahou in 2013. Gooman finished fourth in the Pound-For-Pound rankings and was the only ILH girl ranked in the top 10.
Kamehameha’s Fallyn Kapoi was named the ILH girls coach of the year for the first time since 2014.
Here are the ILH’s selections: