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Leilehua’s Corbett wins national title

By Jerry Campany on July 18, 2017

A day after celebrating her 16th birthday, Leilehua’s Kelani Corbett enjoyed another milestone. Corbett, who won state championships as a freshman and sophomore, ran through the 152-pound bracket in the U.S. Marine Corps Women’s Freestyle Cadet Nationals at Fargo, North Dakota. Corbett, who was the top seed, pinned Persian Singh of New York in 32 seconds in the quarterfinals before edging Colorado’s Tristan Kelly 9-6 in the semis. Corbett completed her mission with an 8-5 win over Wisconsin’s Kiana Pugh […]

Wrestling coaches Au, Nagata honored

By Nick Abramo on May 30, 2017

‘Iolani’s Walden Au and Punahou’s Maika Nagata earned distinguished honors from the the National Wrestling Coaches Association. Au, who helped lead the Raiders boys to a second straight state championship, was named the organization’s head coach of the year for Hawaii. ‘Iolani’s boys had four individual state champions, eight second-place state finishers and nine state qualifiers. Dane Yamashiro, KJ Pascua, Kainoa Torigoe and Saiaga Fautanu were the Raiders state champs. It is Au’s second-straight year as Hawaii’s coach of the […]

Yamashiro, Gooman named ILH wrestling MVPs

By Jerry Campany on March 10, 2017

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 […]

VIDEO: Boys 120, Cabanban vs. Garcia

By Paul Honda on February 24, 2017

Corey Cabanban’s 7-2 victory over Logan Garcia in the 120 finals of the Chevron/HHSAA Boys Wrestling State Championships sealed his position in Hawaii Prep World’s No. 1 spot atop the Pound For Pound rankings.

VIDEO: Girls 132 finals, Alo vs. Ikei

By Paul Honda on February 24, 2017

Teniya Alo went through a change, but found success on the mat once again. Competing for Kahuku, she defeated Roselani Ikei of Kaiser by fall (3:02) to capture the girls 132 weight class championship at the Chevron/HHSAA Girls Wrestling State Championships last week. Alo began her prep career at ‘Iolani, where she won an individual title as a freshman. She transferred to a charter school, Hawaii Technology Academy, for junior year. As a Hauula resident, she competed for the Red […]

Girls P4P: Alo completes perfect season

By Jerry Campany on February 24, 2017

The name atop Hawaii Prep World’s end of season girls pound-for-pound rankings is the same as it ever was. Kahuku’s Teniya Alo follows her sister, Teshya, as the state’s best after an unbeaten season capped off by her second state title with a dominating performance including pins in her four matches. Teniya started the season outside of the top spot but took her rightful place after moving up to 145 to beat Radford’s Angela Peralta. The closest wrestler to Peralta’s […]

Boys P4P: Cabanban ends season on top

By Jerry Campany on February 23, 2017

Corey Cabanban of Saint Louis ends the wrestling season atop the pound-for-pound rankings after sweeping through states on his way to his third title. He will undoubtedly begin his quest for No. 4 atop the rankings next year. Cabanban had his share of opposition during his run, beating Mililani’s Casey Nitta 2-0 before being pushed a little bit by Moanalua’s Logan Garcia in the final. He wasn’t alone, each of the top wrestlers endured a few nervous moments during the […]

Four boys earn fourth state wrestling medals

By Jerry Campany on February 21, 2017

Four boys this year — Kapolei’s Jayson Pagurayan, ‘Iolani’s Colby Watase and KJ Pascua, and Antonio Ruiz of Moanalua — swept through the first day of the Chevron/HHSAA State Wrestling Championships to guarantee themselves their fourth state medal. They were certainly thinking of championships at that time, but to reach the podium four straight years is an accomplishment in itself. Pascua was the only senior in the group to earn the elusive state title. The other three earned some select […]