July 19, 2013 by  
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Zackary Diamond of Team Hawaii 2013 earned All-American honors today in the ASICS/Vaughan Juniors and Cadets National Championships.

Diamond fought his way through the Cadet 126 lbs. weight class, which contained 87 wrestlers, to finish in 8th place in a loss to Ohio wrestler Corey Shie (ranked top 3% in the nation by

Diamond was coached throughout the tournament by his brother, Team Hawaii 2013 Assistant Coach Tyler Diamond.



Terao and Alo Championship Matches (video)

July 19, 2013 by  
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July 18, 2013 by  
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Pictured at left, Team Hawaii 2013 Assistant Coach Joyce Johnson, All-American Rebekah Johnson, and Team Hawaii 2013 Assistant Coach Daniel Johnson

For the Johnson Family, Team Hawaii 2013 has been a true family affair.

Team Hawaii 2013 wrestler Rebekah Johnson captured an All-American 8th Place finish in the Women’s Junior Freestyle Division at 117 lbs.  She went on to help the Team Hawaii 2013 Women (which had to take forfeits in several unoccupied weight classes) to a very respectable 8th Place finish.

Rebekah’s Mother Joyce, and Father Daniel, not only coached  Rebekah and others to Fargo prominence, but were a vital and tireless part of this year’s entire Fargo operation.

Joyce and Daniel, who also head the Castle High School Wrestling program and the USA Wrestling “Knights Wrestling Club” based in Kaneohe, Oahu, lent their wisdom and time to the organization and coaching of Team Hawaii 2013 prior to its departure for mainland in early July.  Like the rest of Team Hawaii 2013 Coaches, they also made the trip at their own expense, lived in Team Hawaii 2013 dormitory housing, and traveled with the Team until having to return to Oahu today to attend a previously scheduled family member’s wedding.

Understanding that parents of wrestlers back home in Hawaii would be on pins and needles about the health and welfare of their children, Joyce in particular took responsibility for chaperoning our wrestlers with a special dose of parental caring; preparing meals, tending to the injured, running to the store and pharmacy at all hours of the day, and coordinating communication with the Hawaii Federation of USA Wrestling and anxious parents back home.

“The HFUSAW is really appreciative of all the preparation and work Dan and Joyce have done before and during the Fargo trip,” said HFUSAW President Ryan Sugihara.  “Joyce did such a great job of taking care of all the girls.  The only thing I’m sad about is that we hear Joyce ended up missing some of Rebekah’s matches while she was tending to other Team needs.”

Alan Yoshikawa, Father of Team Hawaii 2013 Member Tyler Yoshikawa, and a Team Hawaii Chaperon,  added a parent’s insight.  “If Joyce and Dan, or either one of them are with Team Hawaii next year, I would be VERY comfortable and at ease knowing my son would receive great care.   Looking at it as a first time Fargo parent, the way Joyce handled things for the girls was spectacular.  If I had a daughter, it would be easy to send her with confidence.”

“We need more people like the Johnsons involved in Hawaii Wrestling,” noted Sugihara.  “It’s not only Fargo where they’ve helped this year.  They were a key part of organizing the Hawaii folkstyle and Olympic style tournament season on Oahu, they serve on organization committees, they put on tournaments, and they helped run other Clubs’ tournaments.  They really care about what happens to wrestling in Hawaii.”

So, along with  Team Hawaii 2013, the HFUSAW takes this opportunity to say a huge MAHALO and CONGRATULATIONS to the Johnson Family.

Correction:  Rebekah Johnson is a rising Senior in High School and has one more year of High School AND Fargo eligibility ahead of her.  This article orginally mistakenly stated she had finished her High School career.  Our apologies for the error.


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July 17, 2013 by  
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Note:  Additional photography of Team Hawaii Women found below is courtesy of Kristin Yamasaki




Wednesday July 17, 2013

Another busy day for Team Hawaii in Fargo!

Thirteen Cadets weighed-in for  Freestyle! 
Competition started at 9:30! By the end 
of the day only two were left to wrestle 
in session 3 tomorrow!
Coach  Corbett said he is mostly pleased with the wrestlers performance, and 
all the  coaches talked about how to make a stronger Team Hawaii Cadet group  
next year!
Zack Diamond is 5-0 and Cornelius Putnam 2-1.  They both come back tomorrow 
for session 3.
The results for everyone else:  

Zackary Wigzell 2-2  
Chance Ikei 2-2  
Josten Saribay 2-2  
Christian Balagso 0-2  
Thomas Stevenson 0-2  
Nicholas Gabriel 1-2  
Tyler Yoshikawa 2-2  
Joshua Crimmins. 0-2  
Liam Corbett 2-2  
Matthews Aguigui 1-2.
Tomorrow the Juniors weigh-in and wrestle in the morning, it will be another  
early morning!
The girls wrestled real well in the duals, but the small squad had to settle 
for  eighth place largely due to forfeiting so many weight classes!  Check 
out the pic I took (above) of a bunch of the crashed out in the common area of the  
dorm! I came back between sessions and saw them all sleeping on the couches!
I am getting real sleepy, and I have to get up early tomorrow!

Stay tuned, I will blog more tomorrow?







July 16, 2013 by  
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Two impressive young people. . .





July 16, 2013 by  
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Tuesday July 16 2013  

Mark your calendar Hawaii wrestling fans, history was made today!
Joshua Terao  won a Junior National Greco Roman title, for the first since 
Travis Lee in 2001.
Teshya Alo also made her mark at Fargo by becoming a double National Champion.  
After winning the Cadet title on Saturday, Shya moved up  to the Junior 
division  today and set a new level of achievement in the world if women's 
Team Hawaii's phenomenal girls team had 5 more All Americans:  

Maia Panthadora 3rd  
Kristin Yamasaki 3rd  
Thai Ha Sloan 6th  
Shannon Paaina 6th  
Rebekah Johnson 8th
Walking around the campus, in the cafeteria, even in the dorm elevator, 
wrestlers were asking me about that really fast National Champ at 120, 
the  double National Champion girl and her All American teammates!  
Hawaii's wrestling is being looked at a bit more seriously after today, 
thanks Josh, Teshya and girls!
I am going to get a few hours sleep, then take the Cadet boys over for 
their 7am  weigh-in! Tomorrow will be the first session of  Cadet boys 
freestyle and the  girls duals, it will be a busy day; 9 girls and 
13 boys will be wrestling, the  six Team Hawaii coaches will get help 
on the floor by a couple of the Junior  boys! Chaperone/Parent 
Alan Yoshikawa set up text message groups so those in the  stands can 
communicate with us on the floor all at one time, it worked good  today!
Stay tuned, I will blog more tomorrow!



July 16, 2013 by  
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Led by now three-time Fargo Champion Teshya Alo, six (6) Team Hawaii 2013 women earned  All-American status in the Junior Freestyle Division of the ASICS/Vaughan Juniors and Cadets National Championships.

In the 97 lbs. weight class, Maia Phathandara finished third, with Thai Ha Sloan earning sixth place after sitting out her final two matches with an injury.

In the 117 lbs. weight class, Rebekah Johnson ended her high school wrestling career as the eighth best in the nation.

Kristin Yamasaki distinguished herself in emphatic fashion with a dominant pin to take third in the 121 lbs. weight class.

Alo continued her dominant ways, pinning her opponent in the Championship match and finishing her run in both the Cadet and Junior 125 lbs. weight classes without a single point being scored on her.  The 2013 US Cadet World Team Member’s 2013 Cadet and Junior National Championships now share trophy case space with her 2012 Cadet National Championship as well as the 2013 Body Bar Championship.

Shannon Paaaina finished Team Hawaii 2013’s All-American haul with a sixth place finish in the 130 lbs. weight class.




July 16, 2013 by  
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Joshua Terao of Team Hawaii 2013 was crowned the Greco-Roman Junior National Champion at 120 lbs. today at the ASICS/Vaughan Juniors and Cadets National Championships in Fargo, North Dakota.

Terao won by a score of 5-3 over Minnesota’s Blane Tschida in the Championship Match, and beat Minnesota’s Jarred Oftedahl by technical fall n pool wrestling the day before to earn a spot wrestling for first place.  Both Tschida and Oftedahl were ranked in the top 10% Nationally going into Fargo.







July 15, 2013 by  
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Note:  Ray "Coach Mac" Pigott is an Assistant Coach for Team Hawaii 2013, and 
has also been the Team blogger, photographer and videographer.  Additional
pictures and videos by Coach Mac can be found on the "Team Hawai'i Wrestling"
Facebook page:!/groups/240630112626872/?fref=ts

Monday July 15 2013  

Coach Tyler and I got up early and took the Junior boys to weigh-in, all of them  
made weight! 

It was a busy day on the floor, 5 Junior boys wrestling session 1  Greco, 
Liam Corbett in session 3 of Cadet Greco and 10 Junior girls first  session!  
There was so much wrestling that I am still digesting, sorting through brackets  
and notes! Here are some highlights:  

Liam Corbett finished 8th place earning All American honors! 

Joshua Terao advances to session 3 tomorrow and depending on results 
tomorrow  could place very high!  

Six girls advance to session 2 tomorrow. 

Teshya Alo made the crowd go: ooooohhh,  not once but twice in one match 
hitting 5 point belly to back sups!  

Many if us were on the floor from about 7am to 9pm, pretty long day, but it flew
 by because we love wrestling!  

Stay tuned I will blog more tomorrow!


July 15, 2013 by  
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Hawaii’s Liam Corbett has earned Fargo Greco-Roman All-American status.

Corbett fought through a field of 68 wrestlers in the Cadet 138 lbs. weight class to take 8th Place, and add his name to the exclusive list of Hawaii Fargo All-Americans.


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