You see them on the mat, here’s a chance to get to know them off the mat

January 30, 2011 by  
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What is a sport if you dont love what you do? What is a team without camaraderie? What is success without people to share it with?

Kamehameha  Kapalama Warriors- Wrestle Pono

Victory is reserved for those who are willing to pay its price- Sun Tzu, “The Art of War”

Contrary to one poster’s beliefs, our girls are extremely talented

January 30, 2011 by  
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Locally our girls push each other and win, nationally our girls push the mainland competition and win. Our Fargo national champions, Chrissy and Mindy Chow PUN have had intense close matches in last years state finals against Kelly Ancheta PC, and Morgan Yamaguchi KAL, but they dominated the competition nationally. What does that say about how great our girls are?

This year is no different, 2 returning state champions have already lost, Megan Aina KSH lost to returning OIA Champ Allene Somera KAILUA (fargo runner up) in the M.I.T final. Ginabelle Mata’afa LAH dec. returning State Champion Sanoe Spencer PC in an exciting last match at the Pa’ani challenge. Chrissy Chow has played Morgan Yamaguchi MIL (formerly KAL) twice and won by a point each time.
The most exciting girls match to watch this year is possibly Quinn Nagatani PAC 5 vs. Nicole Taniguchi PUN. Nicole has won with pins in their first 2 matchups, Quinn dec. in their last match when the match went the distance. Nagatani (Fargo Runner-up) and Taniguchi (Fargo 3rd place winner) have had all eyes on them in the gym in each matchup

Bree Rapoza KSK (Fargo 4th place winner) has maintained an undefeated high school career record through one and a half years. She has already avenged a freestyle loss in the summer to Sam Higa AIE. Bree, Sam, and Kristy Rabaino KAH have wrestled hard against each other and makes this year’s 114lb weight class noteworthy. One developing story is who will win OIA’s? If Rapoza wins the ILH championship and is seeded first, the OIA champ will likely get the number 2 seed in the bottom bracket saving a matchup with Rapoza, barring any upsets, until the State Final where anything can happen.

With all that’s already been mentioned, whats the most exciting girls weight class in ’11?

220-without a doubt, Ginabelle Mata’afa LAH, Sanoe Spencer PC, Bryanne Moe RAD, and Libby Petrie KAH reminds some of the 125lb 2009 weight class in which there were 5 top contenders that could win and it wouldnt be considered an upset. Thats how close this weight class has become

2 weeks left in the season and what have we learned so far?

January 30, 2011 by  
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1. There’s one thing we know for sure. States is anyone’s for taking. Individually, the competition is growing extremely stiff. Team wise, a few teams are on the horizon waiting for their chance to shine.

2. The level of Hawaii high school wrestling is rising exponentially everyday, and the participation level is rising even faster.

3. With the season being cut even shorter, a few things might slip through the cracks; The talent and skill of Shayden Terukina, Jacob Luning Hoshino, Ian Akamine, Ray Cooper, who are all vying for their 3rd straight individual title is not one of them. These kids are poetry in motion on the mat. Truly a treat for any fan of the sport.

4. Without a doubt, Ray Cooper, Kevin Corbett, and Jessie Carney are in the most exciting weight class…again. Patrick Sheehan and Kahikina Burgess add to the firepower of the 171 weight class.

5. Josh Terao has emerged himself as the consensus favorite in the 108lb weight class. The first freshman to do so since Jonathan Spiker’s freshman year, enroute to his 4 consecutive state titles.

6. Seniors Bradley Suda MCK, Ryan Nakagawa KAI, Brett Will PUN, John Hommel MOA, Stalin Myers AIE, Jon Pico KK, Geovanni Chavez Pardini HON, Kevin Corbett RAD, Jessie Carney KAL, and Evan Johnson PUN among the notables are all looking to win their first state title

7. Last year there were 4 consensus favorites that were considered invincible at last year’s state tournament, 2 of them won. Shayden Terukina and Galen Mcleary pinned their state final match, and Patrick Sheehan and Sani Fuimoana suffered heartbreaking defeats. This year, possibly 6 wrestlers, Josh Terao PAC 5, David Terao PAC 5, Shayden Terukina KSK, Jacob Luning Hoshino KSK, Ian Akamine IOL, Zac Hernandez PUN, are consensus favorites this year. States will determine if the public is right.

Iolani Wrestling Classic Highlight Video

January 26, 2011 by  
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Some of the stars, all of the Action on and off the mat. How would our Hawaii wrestlers fare against quality teams from all over the continental United States? Is Hawaii wrestling on its way up? See some of the highlights and incredible takedowns from our local stars including Shayden Terukina, Jacob Luning Hoshino, Patrick Sheehan, Ian Akamine, Jheryl Makaiau, and more.

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