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Boltyn Taam, Kanai Tapia going to highly touted national wrestling tournament

By Nick Abramo on November 21, 2019

Moanalua’s Boltyn Taam and Kamehameha’s Kanai Tapia are going to the mainland to participate in a heavy-duty national wrestling event — the Walsh Jesuit Ironman — Dec. 13-14 in Cuyahoga, Ohio. “It’s a great tournament with a high level of competition,” Kamehameha coach Rob Hesia said. “Almost every number one high school wrestler attends. The amount of ranked wrestlers in the tournament is crazy. Every match is like a state final match. It’s great for Hawaii kids to get invited […]

NOTEBOOK: Mililani’s Victoria Lee — Angela Lee’s sister — shines under Moanalua spotlight

By Nick Abramo on November 18, 2019

Victoria Lee was the ultimate difference Saturday night. The Mililani wrestler stepped up in the final match of the night with the score tied and got it done. It was only an exhibition, but Lee delivered with a dominant 12-1, major-decision victory over Moanalua’a Codi-Jane Kamaka in a 122-pound match. The win was worth four points for the combined Kapolei/Mililani team and it broke a tie for the final count of 46-42 over Na Menehune in the girls dual meet […]

LIVE BLOG: Motown Showdown wrestling at Moanalua

By Nick Abramo on November 16, 2019

Dual-meet spotlight exhibition matches Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, in front of a packed Moanalua gym. The girls match is complete and results are at the bottom of the post RUNNING BOYS TEAM MATCH FINAL SCORE: KAPOLEI 29, MOANALUA 24 BOYS MATCHES 106: LJ Oka (Kapolei) vs. Nalu Salvador (Moanalua) Oka gets the first takedown. He’s up 2-0. Salvador scores with an escape to make it 2-1, but Oka gets another takedown for a 4-1 count. Oka takes a commanding 6-2 […]


Motown Showdown kicks off the 2019-20 wrestling season on Saturday

By Nick Abramo on November 15, 2019

It’s wrestling time again. Some grapplers are grappling with weight. Others are aiming for league and state crowns come February. Still others are just trying to do the best they can in grueling practices and meets for the next few months. To get things going in high-profile fashion, Moanalua has a special dual meet planned for Saturday at 6:30 p.m. called the Motown Showdown. It will put the spotlight on all competitors — literally. The Moanalua bleachers will be lighted […]

Lahainaluna’s Nanea Estrella earns top rank in preseason wrestling

By Jerry Campany on October 11, 2019

As a three-time state champion, Lahainaluna senior Nanea Estrella is the presumptive heir to Kelani Corbett‘s top spot in Hawaii Prep World’s pound-for-pound wrestling rankings. After this week, though, that honor will seem like small potatoes. Estrella was judged the top female wrestler in the nation at 122 pounds, jumping over No. 2 Alexys Zepeda of Gervais, Ore. Estrella finished last year ranked fourth at 127 pounds before embarking on an eventful summer that included titles all over the continent. […]

Kysen Terukina starts wrestling season No. 12 in the nation

By Jerry Campany on October 10, 2019

Hawaii’s top male wrestler will start the season just outside a national top 10. Kamehameha’s Kysen Terukina is currently No. 12 in the nation at 126 pounds by flowrestling.com. Terukina, who will be going for the rare career slam in Hawaii this winter, was ranked as high as No. 8 at 120 pounds by the web site in February and finished the season No. 11 at 126 behind seven graduating seniors. He was ranked No. 1 in Hawaii Prep World’s […]

Skye Realin wins gold; Tiare Ikei takes silver for Team USA

By Billy Hull on July 2, 2019

Kamehameha junior Skye Realin won gold in her first international wrestling competition representing Team USA when she won in the 14-16 age group in the 2019 Cadet Pan American Championships on Saturday in Morelia, Mexico. Realin, competing at 57 kilograms, overcame a 6-5 decision loss in her opener with four straight victories, avenging the loss to Chile’s Antonia Valdez Arriagada with a 4-3 decision in the final. The state runner-up at 127 pounds last season as a sophomore, Realin earned […]

Naighel Calderon becomes 1st Lanai inductee to Hall of Honor

By Paul Honda on May 19, 2019

The 2019 class of the Hawaii High School Hall of Honor includes three elite level basketball players, as well as a good number of neighbor island standouts. Kalina Obrey of Kamehameha, the Star-Advertiser Girls Basketball All-State player of the year, was voted into the Hall by the selection committee. So was boys player of the year Kameron Ng of St. Francis. He is the first — and only — boy to be inducted from the school, which will close its […]