Kamehameha world champion wrestler Teshya Alo may not be in Hawaii next spring to go for a fourth Hawaii high school wrestling state title.
The Warriors junior, who was competing Friday night in the ILH judo championships at Punahou, said she is “probably” moving along with her family to Colorado Springs, Colo., so she can train at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.
Alo won the Cadet World Championships in the 56-kilogram (123.25 pounds) division in Slovakia in July 2014.
In March, Alo won the 138-pound division for her third state crown.
Alo said her final decision about the move to Colorado will be made after the school year.
“It will definitely get to become a better wrestler because there are a lot of different tournaments over there to participate in,” Alo said before winning the 139-pound class Friday night for her second ILH judo title. “That’s my goal. I want to win and train at the best possible place, so if I have to move to get there, I will move.”
Alo won the ILH wrestling championship unopposed last year when she couldn’t find any challengers, and wrestled in only two big meets —— the Paani Challenge and the state tournament. She won a state judo title in her freshman year, but did not compete in the sport on the high school level as a sophomore.
Alo said the most difficult part of a move would be that she would be away from her friends and would miss them.
If she does move, Alo would be home-schooled for her senior year and would likely do online college classes after that.
One thing that would keep her in Hawaii, however, is her family, and so far they are supporting her in whatever she chooses.
“I would never leave without them (mother, father, ‘Iolani freshman state champion wrestler Teniya Alo, 11-year-old brother Javen, 2-year-old brother Jyceten and 3-month-old brother Jyen.),” she said.
If the choice is made to move, the family plans to move along with her.