Pa’ani Challenge pulls out all the stops

Roosevelt's Xiaolin Mai has finished second and third at states in the last two years. Bruce Asato / Star-Advertiser

The wrestling tournament is almost an afterthought at Punahou’s Pa’ani Challenge this week, but once the girls hit the mat it turns serious.

The latest edition of the largest all-girls wrestling tournament in the country occurs on Wednesday and Thursday this week. Unlike other tournaments, weight classes are split into three levels to ensure each girl in the draw gets quality mat time regardless of ability.

Last year, 247 girls participated in the event. There are 330 girls entered from 36 different schools this year. The most populated bracket appears to be at 127 pounds, where 20 athletes are registered for the open bracket and another 10 in the novice.


There are only 17 girls total entered at 107 pounds.

Punahou athletic associate Boy Eldredge will kick things off at 1 p.m. on Wednesday with an annual clinic by Olympian Clarissa Chun to follow. There will be other presentations that day, including a talk with fellow National Women’s Freestyle Coach Emma Randall and a college/career fair. Randall is the only woman to earn USA Wrestling’s gold-level coaching certification.

The field is not set yet, but Roosevelt wrestlers Macy Higa and Xiaolin Mai will be going for the third Pa’ani gold of their careers if they make the trip down the hill. Only six other girls have won more than two gold medals at the tournament and Carly Jaramillo of Lahainaluna is the only girl to win four.

Asia Evans (Pearl City), Diamond Freitas (Lahainaluna), Kayla Guillermo (Castle), Iverly Navarro (Lahainaluna) and Breeane Takaesu (Pearl City) have all won three in their careers.


Evans, Navarro and Jaramillo are the only girls to win three golds in the highest division of the tournament. Mai can join that list.

Three Fuamatu girls have won the tournament, with Jennie Fuamatu trying to win her second to pass the single gold Janelle and Jacqueline have earned.

Lahainaluna has won the most championships at the tournament, which began in 2010, with 25. Pearl City is next with 21 followed by Campbell (14), Punahou (13), Molokai (11) and Kamehameha (10).


Wrestling begins at 5:30 on Wednesday and 8:15 a.m. on Thursday with the championship round scheduled to end at 3 p.m.

Here is a list of winners over the years.

YearClassfirst namelast name 
201697IraNavarroLahainaluna
2016102XiaolinMaiRoosevelt
2016107IverlyNavarroLahinaluna
2016112TiareIkeiKaiser
2016117YutingHeRoosevelt
2016122CzarinaPineda-AbayaKalani
2016127AnuheaHamiltonWaianae
2016132JahneaMiguelBaldwin
2016138IwiKinimakaCampbell
2016145AngelaPeraltaRadford
2016155KelaniCorbettLeilehua
2016168KaylaArakiKS-Hawaii
2016184JennieFuamatuPearl City
2016225KaylahSamiaRoosevelt
201697NSaraiValdezKauai
2016102NRileyNishimotoIolani
2016107NJennaJustoMoanalua
2016112NNicoleShimizuMoanalua
2016117NKiridaKosakaWaianae
2016122NNaneaEstrellaLahianaluna
2016127NShanayahMarshallKapaa
2016132NKelseyBicoyMolokai
2016138NTayeMowatMolokai
2016145NSkylaClarkWaipahu
2016155NJakelynnPokiWaipahu
2016168NJayeLee-KaiwiBaldwin
2016184NSieraVidaBaldwin
2016225NShannlynneMahoeNanakuli
201597MenjamTamangRoosevelt
2015102XiaolinMaiRoosevelt
2015107IverlyNavarroLahainaluna
2015112MacyHigaRoosevelt
2015117KaileKronLahainaluna
2015122TehaniCarlsonWaianae
2015127AnuheaHamiltonWaianae
2015132DaishaKahoalii-KalilikaneLahainaluna
2015138AsialynFernandesPearl City
2015145AngelaPeraltaRadford
2015155KaylaArakiKS-Hawai
2015168CendallManleyMolokai
2015184CallanMedeirosKamehameha
2015225MildredKeopuhiwaWaianae
201497bMenjamTamangRoosevelt
2014102BHayleeFujiokaRoosevelt
2014107BAnnePlattCampbell
2014112BMacyHigaRoosevelt
2014117BAshleyTagiumLahainaluna
2014122BSavannahScottDel Oro
2014127BRosalaniIkeiKaiser
2014132BVivianaBarcinaKahuku
2014138BJamianTominagaPearl City
2014155BAilaniLanozaLahainaluna
2014168BIvoryAyersKeaau
2014184BEbonyAyersKeaau
2014225BCelineGomesBaldwin
2014102IverlyNavarroLahainaluna
2014107AlexisEncinasLahainaluna
2014112DaimondFreitasLahainaluna
2014117KristinKojimaRoosevelt
2014122Zion-GraceVierraKamehameha
2014127Asia LienEvansPearl City
2014132PomaikaiYamaguchiKamehameha
2014138TeshyaAloKamehameha
2014145CarlyJaramilloLahainaluna
2014155JayronneGandaoliSimon Sanchez
2014168CaraghMorrisCampbell
2014184JaeleenPerez EweLeilehua
2014225LeleileiMataafaLahainaluna
201397MaileGonsalvesWaianae
2013101KalissaPundykeCampbell
2013105BreanneTakaesuPearl City
2013109DiamondFreitasLahainaluna
2013113JennaMauliolaKing Kekaulike
2013117KaylaGuillermoCastle
2013121ShanaDillinerKamehameha
2013125AsiaEvansPearl City
2013130TeshyaAloKamehameha
2013135ShannonPaaainaPac-Five
2013140CarlyJaramilloLahainaluna
2013155KanoeNakoaKaiser
2013175SarahMinerAiea
2013220LaleleiMataafaLahainaluna
2013101BChelseyChavezMaui
2013105BKaleiaomokaKaahainaPearl City
2013109BAnikaPascualLahainaluna
2013113BCzarinaPineda-AbayaKalani
2013117BAllieMahoeKapolei
2013121BPersuasionKawailimaKing Kekaulike
2013135BDianaMarquezAiea
2013155BSadieKalaBaldwin
2013220BTristenBordenBaldwin
2013109CAshleyTaguimLahainaluna
2013125CAlyssaFusatoKing Kekaulike
2013130CCarissaLeePunahou
2013135CMarshaGoriainovMIlilani
2013140CJacquelineFuamotoPearl City
2013155CAaliyahWrightKapolei
2013175CMistyLouisKamehameha
201297AThai HaSloanPunahou
201297bSarahImaiPunahou
2012101AAshleyLawhnKalani
2012101BDiamondFreitasLahainaluna
2012105ABreanneTakaesuPearl City
2012105BAnikaPascualLahainaluna
2012109ASarah GraceAlegriaPearl City
2012109BKarleyKauliiMolokai
2012113AXandriaFordPearl City
2012113BNorlynCabonceLanai
2012117AKaylaGuillermoCastle
2012117BKaylinCastroMililani
2012121AAsiaEvansPearl City
2012121BErikaTakasePunahou
2012125APreciousJaramilloLahainaluna
2012125BSierraPicoMolokai
2012130AAngelaLeeMililani
2012130BSydneyCofranKapolei
2012130CPaulaUatalanLanai
2012135ACarlyJaramilloLahainaluna
2012135BNetanyaKangPearl City
2012140AZoeHernandezPunahou
2012140BChristineNaiheHana
2012155AJanelleFuamatuPearl City
2012155BCendallManleyMolokai
2012155CMary AnnCalamayamKeaau
2012175AKuuleilaniLankfordCampbell
2012175BMeganAmbyLanai
2012175CKarinaArroyo-HaroLahainaluna
2012220SarahMinorAiea
201198AThai HaSloanPunahou
201198BKimberlyMesikPunahou
201198CBryannaCeloza LagmayLeilehua
2011103AMeganAinaKS-Hawaii
2011103BAnn MarieAndresMaui
2011103CJenna RoseMauliolaKing Kekaulike
2011108AQuinnNagataniMililani
2011108BKiyanaTellsCampbell
2011108CNakiaJamesLeilehua
2011108DKalia OeCabantingMolokai
2011114AChloeNagasawaPac-Five
2011114BKaylaTellsCampbell
2011114CMaheaKaaihue FalaheeLahainaluna
2011114DKaylaGuillermoCastle
2011120ABreeRapozaKamehameha
2011120BShereseAderPearl City
2011120CSierraPicoMolokai
2011125APreciousJaramilloLahainaluna
2011125BPageSomaCampbell
2011125CSanoeAnguayBaldwin
2011130AMindyChowPunahou
2011130BCarlyJaramilloLahainaluna
2011130CLhycaButacLeilehua
2011140AMorganYamaguchiMililani
2011140BPhairinHicksMililani
2011140CKawena KuamooMendiolaWaiakea
2011140DSuszettEmwaluLeilehua
2011155ATiaraKayePunahou
2011155BKanoeNakoaKaiser
2011155CTaylorGanekoPearl City
2011175ADarcieManning O'BrienAiea
2011175BMatauainaToomalataiPearl City
2011175CJaclynAgbayanrLeilehua
2011220ASanoeSpencerPearl City
2011220BKaylaYinCampbell
201098AMeganAinaKS-Hawaii
201098BKaelynnCanyeteKapolei
201098CLikolehuaManuelLanai
2010103ANikkiDavisKS-Maui
2010103CHolly-AnnKogachiPunahou
2010108ANicoleTaniguchiPunahou
2010108BMikaelaSakamoto-MatsumotoPac-Five
2010108CNorlynCabonceLanai
2010108DBreanneTakaesuPearl City
2010114ABreeRapozaKamehameha
2010114BXandriaFordPearl City
2010114CKiyanaWellsCampbell
2010114DAngelicaReyesCampbell
2010120AKristyRabainoKahuku
2010120BJaelynMiranCampbell
2010120CShanaDilinerKamehameha
2010125AMichalTorres-UmiMolokai
2010125BRizpahTorres-UmiMolokai
2010130AChrissyChowPunahou
2010130BIvoryEspaniolaMolokai
2010130CShannonPaaainaPac-Five
2010140AMindyChowPunahou
2010140BCharmagneMonisPearl City
2010140CKristineHagaCampbell
2010140DShalen-BraeHoopaiHana
2010155AUilaniFreitas-SmithKahuku
2010155BKuuleilaniLankfordCampbell
2010175AJasmineIutaKS-Hawaii
2010220AGina-BellaMataafaLahainaluna

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