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Kelani Corbett leads 2019 state wrestling brackets

By Jerry Campany on February 16, 2019

Leilehua’s Kelani Corbett will try to become the fifth girl in state history to complete a slam this year, joining Caylene Valdez of Moanalua (2003), Kamehameha’s Randolyn Nohara (2007) Teshya Alo of Kamehameha (2016) and Lalelei Mataafa of Lahainaluna (2016). Corbett is seeded first at 168 pounds after winning her previous titles at 155. She might have to go through a fellow state champion to get there, as Konawaena’s Kapoina Bailey is also in her bracket. Corbett opens against the […]

Hawaii’s Tiare Ikei wrestles to a gold medal in Austria

By Nick Abramo on February 12, 2019

Hawaii’s Tiare Ikei won a gold medal at the Flatz Open in Wolfurt, Austria, last weekend. Representing Team USA, Ikei went 4-0 at 53kg (116.5 pounds), with three falls and one tech fall. She only gave up two points. “It was a little nerve wracking stepping on the mat against the senior level women, but I got settled in and worked on the things that my coaches have taught me,” Ikei said in a news release. “I wasn’t fixated on […]

Roxie Umu, Kobby Faeldonea earn BIIF slams

By Jerry Campany on February 10, 2019

It was more than a slam on Saturday, it was a double slam. Kealakehe’s Roxie Umu picked up her fourth BIIF title on Saturday at Keaau. Teammate Kobby Faeldonea did the same on the boys side. The Waveriders swept the team titles. Umu’s triumph is the first in school history. She joins Kayla Araki (2017) and Megan Aina (2012) of Kamehameha-Hawaii and Konawaena’s Alex Aoki (2010) are the only other girls to earn the slam. Those three combined for 10 […]

Jahnea Miguel does it again for Baldwin’s MIL title

By Jerry Campany on February 10, 2019

Baldwin’s Jahnea Miguel found a new home at 138 pounds, and it feels much like all of her others. Miguel collected her third MIL title at a third different weight, stopping Chaenel Deluna of Molokai in two minutes to become the queen at 138 pounds. She won at 129 as a freshman and 145 last year when she moved up to help the Bears win the team title. Baldwin’s girls defended their title, scoring 148 points to Lahainaluna’s 134 at […]

Kawehi Gillcoat completes MIL mission, states next

By Jerry Campany on February 10, 2019

Lahainaluna’s Kawehi Gillcoat earned a couple of big victories in the MIL wrestling championships on Saturday at King Kekaulike. Gillcoat earned a rare individual achievement with a pin of Lanai’s Kekoa Catiel in 3 minutes, 19 seconds. He joined former teammate Kainalu Estrella, who did it last year, as just the second boy to complete the Maui slam. His second big victory has been done many times over. The Lunas won the boys championship with 226 points to Baldwin’s 215.5. […]

Moanalua sweeps OIA wrestling titles

By Billy Hull on February 10, 2019

Moanalua’s sweep of the OIA wrestling championships on Saturday at Leilehua came with a breakthrough on the boys side. Na Menehune became the first team from the East to wins the boys title since 2009, snapping the West’s nine-year run at the top. It was the first boys title for Moanalua since 1998 while the girls won for the second straight year. “We’ve been working for a long time trying to figure out how to win this team title,” senior […]

Kamehameha’s Kysen Terukina, Ashley Gooman continue rule

By Jerry Campany on February 9, 2019

The Kamehameha wrestling team has been on quite the run during the 2018-2019 season. After the boys’ and girls’ teams swept the Officials Tournament at Leilehua in December, both came out victorious with team titles at the ILH championships on Saturday afternoon on its home floor. To Kamehameha coach Rob Hesia, that type of success is attainable when a team is as motivated as it is talented. “We know the kids have been working hard in the wrestling room. They […]

LIVE BLOG: OIA wrestling championships

By Billy Hull on February 9, 2019

The OIA wrestling championships are underway with a 2 p.m. start because Saturday was a test day. Results will be updated below. Action began with the girls. UPDATE: Finals have begun at 8:20 p.m. Boys and girls finals will run at the same time. We will start with Boys 126 and girls 97. BOYS 106 FINAL (1) Nicholas Cordeiro, Waianae vs. Khansith Chanthabouasith, Leilehua — Cordeiro, fall 5:07 >> Cordeiro won 5-3 in OIA West Division semifinals last week. SEMIFINALS […]