July 21, 2013 by  
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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  
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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



July 21, 2013 by  
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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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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!




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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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)


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?






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