Terao Follows In Travis Lee’s Legacy

August 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Wrestling, Team Hawaii

Note:  Bob Hogue’s  terrific article about Josh Terao in the latest edition of Midweek

Terao Follows In Travis Lee’s Legacy

Posted on August 21, 2013 by Bob Hogue

It’s a long way from Honolulu to Fargo, N.D. – more than 3,800 miles, in fact – but it didn’t stop 31 of Hawaii’s top young wrestlers from descending on the northern city last month. By the time the young grapplers returned home from the Junior and Cadet National Championships, 11 were All-Americans and three were national champions. . . . . .

Read the rest of the article here:  http://www.midweek.com/terao-follows-in-travis-lees-legacy/

 

COACH MAC’S FARGO BLOG – Aloha Edition

July 22, 2013 by  
Filed under Featured, Wrestling, Team Hawaii, Uncategorized

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Monday July 22, 2013
Everyone was up early and eating 
breakfast in the hotel, I was kind 
of surprised since they were up 
late! 

We got all checked in and on our 
first flight out of  Minneapolis to
Chicago! It is a heck of a long 
flight back home!
We gathered for one last group picture and talk by Coach Corbett before separating, 
most towards baggage claim the rest with me to the inter island  terminal!
I took notice of of the wrestlers lingering good byes! Many of them did not  know 
each other, or perhaps just acquaintances, now they are bonded as Team  Hawaii!
This wraps up my blog for Team Hawaii's 2013 USAW Cadet and Junior Nationals!



Note:  Within an hour of touching down in Honolulu, Ray “Coach Mac” Pigott, Team Hawaii 2013 Assistant Coach, and Hawaii Federation of USA Wrestling Director from Kauai, was dutifully on his iphone, sending this final “Aloha Edition” of his Fargo Blog. For those of us back home and curious about what things were like , he permitted us to connect with Team Hawaii 2013, gain insight into their moods and movements, and follow them through the 2013 Fargo journey.  

And, we hope he helped our Parents, and Coaches, and Families and Friends back here in Hawaii live Fargo a little, along with the wrestlers they sent off two weeks ago. 

We think he did all of that perfectly.

The HFUSAW extends its warmest Mahalo to Coach Mac for his dedication to Team Hawaii 2013.

And, to the Coaches, Members and Chaperons of the Team, WELCOME HOME!

 

 

 

 

 

COACH MAC’S FARGO BLOG – Comin’ Home

July 22, 2013 by  
Filed under Wrestling, Team Hawaii

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Team Hawaii departed Minneapolis, Minnesota 
this morning on its way back home.

Sunday July 21, 2013
Last breakfast in the cafeteria, then time 
to pack up and move out of the dorm!  

It took us a little longer than expected, 
to get all the rooms cleaned up and do  
the check out procedure, but we were ready 
when the bus arrived!
It was almost 4 hours from Fargo to Minneapolis, first stop Mall of America! 

We  had a great lunch then broke off into groups, some shopping and others on the  
rides!
Before checking into the hotel, we had a nice team dinner, we proposed toasts and 
sang happy birthdays! 

After checking into the hotel, most of the  wrestlers played in the pool before 
bed time!
Stay tuned, I will blog again tomorrow!

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Team Hawaii's last night together on the year's trip to Fargo, they squeezed in to a small ice room on their hotel room floor to talk story! Great group of wrestlers, I will miss them! - Coach Mac

Team Hawaii’s last night together on the year’s trip to Fargo, they squeezed in to a small ice room on their hotel room floor to talk story! Great group of wrestlers, I will miss them! – Coach Mac

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THE COACHES – Team Hawaii 2013

July 21, 2013 by  
Filed under Featured, Wrestling, Team Hawaii

Head Coach Kevin Corbett in Thomas Tawata's corner

Head Coach Kevin Corbett in Thomas Tawata’s corner

A BIG MAHALO to the Team Hawaii 2013 Coaching Staff who led the Team through two weeks of mainland travel, 3 National Championships, and 11 All-American honors.

They are:

Head Coach Kevin Corbett

Assistant Coach Tyler Diamond

Assistant Coach Daniel Johnson

Assistant Coach Joyce Johnson

Assistant Coach Stephanie “Sarara” Mix

Assistant Coach William “Bill” Mix

Assistant Coach Ray “Coach Mac” Pigott

Assistant Coach Jackie Quiggle

Assistant Coach David Terao

Participation in the 2013 Asics/Vaughan Junior & Cadet National Championship in Fargo, North Dakota was possible through the help of these coaches who in addition to volunteering their time and expertise also paid for their own travel.

We are very fortunate this year to have had such great group of coaches working together to support Team Hawaii.  The planning for the trip began months before the tournament.  Facility use and practices schedules had to be coordinated around work schedules and other personal commitments.

In addition to their coaching duties, our coaches helped house neighbor island wrestlers for a week prior to their departure.  At the Team Hawaii’s training camp in South Dakota, our coaches (with the help of parent chaperones) went grocery shopping and cooked meals to help reduce the cost of the trip.

Head Coach Corbett did a wonderful job coordinating everyone at his disposal to help.  It took a team effort of Coaches, Chaperons, and Parents to successfully manage Team Hawaii’s 29 Wrestlers throughout this tournament.

The demands on the coaches were great with up to 25 mats going at the same time, a football field in distance to cover, up to two divisions going simultaneously, and multiple entries in the same weight class potentially going at the same time.

Practices for the other wrestlers not in session overlap with those in session and every wrestler has their own individual issues from injuries to making weight that need special attention from time to time.  Even making sure the wrestlers do their own laundry is in itself a task.

Special Mahalo to Assistant Coach Charles Ariola and Halau Lokahi Public Charter School for his coaching expertise hosting Team Hawaii 2013 training in Honolulu.

Additional Mahalo to other Coaches and volunteers in Hawaii who contributed to the success of Team Hawaii 2013.

Coaches Tyler Diamond, David Terao, Kevin Corbett and Daniel Johnson with Junior Greco-Roman Champion Josh Terao

Coaches Tyler Diamond, David Terao, Kevin Corbett and Daniel Johnson with Junior Greco-Roman Champion Josh Terao

Coach Mac illustrates that practice never ends

Coach Mac illustrates that practice never ends

Coach Kevin Corbett and Cornelius Putnam

Coach Kevin Corbett and Cornelius Putnam

Coaches Corbett and Diamond with Zack Diamond and Liam Corbett

Coaches Corbett and Diamond with Zack Diamond and Liam Corbett

Coach Corbett moments before being suplexed by Kristin Yamasaki

Coach Corbett moments before being suplexed by Kristin Yamasaki

Coach Mac made sure our Neighbor Isle wrestlers were happy.

Coach Mac made sure our Neighbor Isle wrestlers were happy.

Coaches Bill and Sarara Mix

Coaches Bill and Sarara Mix

Coaches Dan and Joyce Johnson with Daughter Rebekah

Coaches Dan and Joyce Johnson with Daughter Rebekah

Coaches Corbett and Diamond

Coaches Corbett and Diamond

Coach Diamond volunteers to demonstrate the "table top" position

Coach Diamond volunteers to demonstrate the “table top” position

 

 

MAHALO TEAM HAWAII 2013 CHAPERONS!

July 21, 2013 by  
Filed under Featured, Wrestling, Team Hawaii

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Note:  Team Hawaii 2013 Official Chaperons lovingly endured scenes like THIS. . . for two weeks!

 

Larry Aguigui and Son Matthew

Larry Aguigui and Son Matthew

Behind the scenes of the successful Team Hawaii 2013 Fargo trip were a group of reliable, dedicated, and by this time, exhausted Team Hawaii Chaperons.

Made up of a group of Team Hawaii parents , the official Chaperons for the Team provided a critical support system allowing our Wrestlers to wrestle, our Coaches to coach, and our parents back home in Hawaii to know their wrestlers were well cared for.

“We organized the Fargo trip to maximize the talents and contributions of our volunteers,” said Hawaii Federation of USA Wrestling President, Ryan Sugihara.  “We tried to free up our Coaches to concentrate on the wrestling and all the responsibilities that go with preparing for and coaching at a  national tournament.   To do that, we needed other adults to step up and help out.  What we ended up with was an incredible squad of parents and friends of Hawaii Wrestling who committed to helping our Team, the kids and the Coaching Staff.”

Parents (in alphabetical order) Lawrence Aguigui,  Kevin Takaesu, Kevin Yamasaki, and Alan Yoshikawa acted as Official Team Hawaii 2013 Chaperons, along with Team Hawaii 2013 Coaches.  They traveled with the team, lived  in the Team dormitory accommodations, and helped supervise the Team off the mat.

All of the official Chaperons  traveled at their own expense, and registered as USA Wrestling Coaches to ensure adherence to USA Wrestling principals and regulations.

A very grateful HFUSAW says a big MAHALO to them all!

Kevin Takaesu and Daughter Bree

Kevin Takaesu and Daughter Bree

 

Kevin Yamasaki and Daughter Kristin

Kevin Yamasaki and Daughter Kristin

Alan Yoshikawa and Son Tyler

Alan Yoshikawa and Son Tyler

 

 

 

 

 

3 National Championships, 11 All-American Honors for Team Hawaii 2013

July 21, 2013 by  
Filed under Featured, Wrestling, Team Hawaii, Uncategorized

Led by double Women’s Freestyl National Champion Teshya Alo, and Men’s Greco-Roman  National Champion Joshua Terao, Team Hawaii 2013 begins making it’s way back to Hawaii to celebrate an extremely successful Fargo journey.

In addition to Alo and Terao’s Championship performances, Team Hawaii 2013 Members earned All-American honors in all 6  Divisions wrestled in this year’s ASICS/Vaughan Junior and Cadet National Championships (Cadet & Women’s Freestyle, Cadet & Junior Grec0-Roman, and Cadet and Junior Men’s Freestyle).

All Members of Team Hawaii 2013 contributed to this year’s Fargo success.

First time Team Hawaii 2013 Head Coach Kevin Corbett and his staff return home to Hawaii already planning how to build on this year’s success.

Congratulations to our amazing Wrestlers and Coaches!

Women’s Cadet Freestyle

Teshya Alo – 125 lbs., 1st Place

 

Men’s Cadet Greco-Roman

Liam Corbett – 138 lbs. 8th Place

 

Men’s Junior Greco-Roman

Joshua Terao – 120 lbs., 1st Place

 

Women’s Junior Freestyle

Maia Prethandara – 97 lbs., 3rd Place

Thai Ha Sloan – 97 lbs., 6th Place

Rebekah Johnson – 117 lbs., 8th Place

Kristin Yamasaki – 121 lbs., 3rd Place

Teshya Alo – 125 lbs., 1st Place

Shannon Paaaina – 130 lbs., 6th Place

 

Men’s Cadet Freestyle

Zackary Diamond – 126 lbs., 8th Place

 

Men’s Junior Freestyle

Joshua Terao – 120 lbs.  7th Place

 

COACH MAC’S FARGO BLOG 7/20

July 21, 2013 by  
Filed under Featured, Wrestling, Team Hawaii

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Note:  Somehow, Ray "Coach Mac" Pigott manages to 
look fresh and ready for more after two weeks of 
Coaching, late night blogging, photographing and 
mentoring Team Hawaii 2013

Saturday, July 20, 2013
Everyone was able to sleep in eat breakfast, then 
gather over at the Fargodome  to watch Josh wrestle.

Team Hawaii wrestling concluded the 2013 USAW Cadet 
and  Junior Nationals with a victory as Josh Terao 
won his 7th place All American match!
After lunch in the cafeteria the team headed over 
to Thunder Road Family Fun Center! Everyone had 
fun, racing go-karts, playing miniature golf, lazer tag and hitting balls
in the batting cage!
Team meetings, packing and cleaning dorm rooms finished the day, tomorrow 
we leave for Minneapolis where we fly home from!
Stay tuned, I will post more tomorrow!
On the bus

On the bus

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COACH MAC’S FARGO BLOG 7/19

July 20, 2013 by  
Filed under Wrestling, Team Hawaii, Uncategorized

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Note:  As portrayed in the photographs above, wherever Team Hawaii 2013 goes, a wrestling practice breaks out!

Friday July 19, 2013  

Last early morning weigh-in in Fargo, only Josh Terao and I in a sea of mainland  
wrestlers and coaches. We were able to get through the process quickly and get  
Josh to the cafeteria before the rush! Zack Diamond did not have to weigh-in, so  
he got to sleep in for a change!

We were hopeful for 2 more National champions, but very proud of Josh and 
Zack  getting as far as they did: Zack finished 8th place and Josh will wrestle for
7th tomorrow! 

Team Hawaii wrestlers finished All American in every division  including 3 
individual National Champions!
Josh Terao stayed with his folks for the night, the rest of the wrestlers were  
done for the year and there was an air of playfulness in the dorms.
An impromptu  team outing was organized, and we went to an all you can eat 
buffet style restaurant (photos above)! We got a private party room,  had 
a lot of fun, ate a lot of food,  and proposed soft drink toasts to the 
All Americans at the table!
Tomorrow all focus will be on Josh Terao's 7th place All American match!
Stay tuned, I will blog again tomorrow!

 

 

TERAO FARGO DOUBLE ALL-AMERICAN

Joshanddavecrop2Joshua Terao continued his All-American run, finishing the 2013 ASICS/Vaughan Juniors and Cadets National Championships with an 7th Place, 11-0 technical fall win over Illinois Steve Polakowski in the 120 lbs. Junior Freestyle weight class.

Terao rose to the top of the 3 day freestyle wrestling odyssey through a weight class containing 102 wrestlers.  He added his 2013 Freestyle All-American finish to his 2013 Junior Greco-Roman Championship earned earlier in the week.

Terao wrestled throughout the tournament with his Brother, American University Wrestlers David Terao, in his corner as a coach.

Eventual 2013 126 lbs. Champion, Nathan Tomasello of Ohio won a rare third straight Fargo Championship.

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HAWAIIAN STYLE Team Spirit

7-19BOYZ7-19hooligansinthestandsNote:  All-American Zack Diamond’s Team Hawaii 2013 Cadet teammates brought their special brand of support to the Fargo Dome for Diamond’s Finals match.  (photos courtesy of Kristin Yamasaki)

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