Nanakuli’s Shannlynne Mahoe cuts weight, adds an OIA title and is in the hunt at states

Nanakuli's Shannlynne Mahoe wrestled at 225 pounds last year and is now at 168, where she won the OIA title and is a strong contender at states. Photo by Jerry Campany/Star-Advertiser.

It’s been quite a wrestling journey this year for Shannlynne Mahoe of Nanakuli.

In the past, she was a steady performer at 225 pounds, even though she was pretty much about 193 on the scale.

It’s a different story this year. Mahoe dropped weight and is about 159 now, wrestling in the 168-pound class.

After winning the OIA title, Mahoe is out to get the next step — a gold medal in the Texaco/HHSAA Wrestling State Championships at Blaisdell Arena. She’s through to this afternoon’s quarterfinals after a victory earlier in the day over Hulita Ahonima of Leilehua.

“I feel like I have a good chance (at states),” Mahoe said. “I put in a lot of work, and hard work pays off. I’m going to do what I can, do what I practice for.”

Dropping the weight was a “little hard,” according to Mahoe.

“A lot of days out of the summer, just working out,” she said. “It took a lot of time away from my family to get where I wanted to be.”

About getting the OIA title, she added, “A lot of hard work, a lot of time after practices. Coming in early to practices with my partner.”

Next up in the quarters for Mahoe is Jaye Kaiwi-Lee of Keaau.


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