Lahainaluna’s Nanea Estrella adds another impressive win

Lahainaluna's Nanea Estrella is ranked No. 1 in the nation. Photo by Kat Wade Special to the Star Advertiser

There is no rest for weary MIL wrestlers.

The girls traveled to Hana on Friday, and treated the crowd to plenty of juicy matchups in a round robin tournament.

Lahainaluna’s Nanea Estrella found a new opponent to tangle with, stepping in against Baldwin’s Waipualani Estrella Beauchamp at 132 pounds and pinning her in 5 minutes, 42 seconds. Estrella is No. 3 on Hawaii Prep World’s pound-for-pound rankings, while Estrella-Beauchamp sits in the seventh spot.

It was Estrella’s second win of the season over a ranked wrestler after beating No. 5 Jahnea Miguel of Baldwin by a 12-9 score in a thriller at Punahou last week in the Pa’ani Challenge.

Miguel shook off that loss and returned to 145 pounds last night, shutting out Tayler Peligrino Hayase 4-0. Peligrino-Hayase, a three-time state placer, has lost twice in two weeks after going undefeated including an Officials title at 145 in December. She warmed up for the big match with a pin in 1:22, the fastest of the evening.

The drama at 225 heightened, with Shannon Jaramillo of Lahainaluna beating Baldwin’s Siera Vida by a narrow 4-2 score. That gives Jaramillo a 2-1 edge on Vida, as the Bear beat her 5-0 at the Pa’ani Challenge to avenge a third period loss to her at Officials.

No. 4 Sami Saribay of Lahainaluna pinned Leialoha Kaili of Baldwin twice at 107 pounds, stopping her in 1:43 and 2:48.

Other winners at the Hana Round Robin were:

>> Liana Ferreria of Baldwin with two pins at 102 pounds
>> Lahainaluna’s Alicia Frank with a pin of teammate Laiekawai Tancayo in 1:24. Frank pinned both of her opponents in a tournament-low 2:56.
>> Fayanne Rosario of Lahainaluna with two wins by decision at 168.
>> Tuu Helekahi of Hana won the 225B class in her home gym with two wins over Kamehameha-Maui’s Elizabeth Kuhlmann, a 6-0 decision followed by a pin in 1:36.

Lahainaluna wrestlers went 11-4 in the tournament while Baldwin went 6-11.

The OIA girls gather at Mililani today while Oahu’s boys are split between Punahou and Moanalua. Action begins at 10 a.m. at each site.


  1. Hayabusa January 5, 2019 1:57 pm

    My 5

  2. ImuaOHANA January 24, 2019 3:36 pm

    Truth be told girls wrestling it’s at its beginning unlike the boys side where it’s the oldest sport around. Nationally its wide open, very little or NO elite girls in most classes, shoot we have girls ranked that aren’t really good at all!!

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