Kealakehe Wrestling Tournament Results Girls
103 1. Megan Aina- Kamehameha
2. Cara Nakayama- Waiakea 3. Sam Neal- HPA
114 1. Kanoe Padaken- Kamehameha 2. Destiny Masters- Kealakehe
3. Phoebe Oda- Kamehameha
120 1. Elena Mello- Ka’u 2. Raquel Fields- Ka’u
3. Cathryn Cantyne- HPA
125 1. Noelle Pohince- Kamehameha 2. Dayjha Engle-Rodrigues- Kealakehe 3. Leah Smith- HPA
130 1. Tanalei Louis- Konawaena 2. Rustee Johansen- Kamehameha 3. Melisa Dunaguin- Konawaena
1401. Chantel Pohina- Kamehameha 2. Alexia Osburn- Kamehameha 3. Kanani Silva- Waiakea
155 1. Kainoelani Lee- Hilo 2. Samantha-Shea Miguel- Honokaa 3. Karvena LimSamura- HPA
175 1. Tracy Poch- Waiakea 2. Jasmine Iuta- Kamehameha 3. Ciara Mueller- Ka’u
In a day filled with back-arches, chicken wings, breakdowns and bridges some of the best grapplers in the Big Island Interscholastic Federation took to the mat.
This past Saturday wrestlers from Kau, Pahoa, Keaau, Waiakea and Hilo converged at the Viking gym on two mats for daylong excitement among Eastside competition.
The Aina ohana and Kamehameha had lots to cheer about as Megan (98), Charlie (120) and Jenna (125) all had opening match pins and went on to have a successful overall tournament.
Megan Aina, the defending BIIF champion at 98 pounds and a brown belt in judo, had little trouble pinning her opponent in the second round to remain undefeated in league matches at the 103 or below weight class.
“My brother and sister and I all started out doing judo when we were in elementary school,” Megan Aina said. “I came out for wrestling last season during my freshmen year and Jenna came out to watch and decided to join this year.”
Jenna Aina is a black belt, shoden, in judo and decided to give wrestling a try in this her senior year. “I’m actually in the 114 weight class, but they had no one for me to wrestle in that class so I was bumped up to the 125 class.”
Despite the obvious mismatch in size Jenna Aina still made quick work of her two opponents pinning both in less than 30 seconds. Aina began the day pinning Kau’s Elena Mello in 19 seconds of the first round.
During her second match Aina quickly took down Keaau’s Kaysha Kamahele, gaining the top advantage and used her quickness and strength to roll Kamahele for the 29 second pin.
“I rolled her over with a half nelson and I didn’t expect the quick pin,” Jenna Aina said. “I just go out there and hope for the best. Today was just a good learning experience for me on how to set up my opponent.”
The youngest member of the Aina family, freshman Charlie, a green belt in judo, won his opening match against Waiakea’s Steven Ogi with a second round pin.
“I like wrestling because it teaches new techniques from that of judo,” Charlie Aina said. “I still have a lot to learn, but its fun being here with the whole family.”
Kamehameha coach Marlon Miller had lots to smile about having the three Aina’s take opening day matches.
“I’ve been trying to get Jenna out for a couple of years,” Miller said. “Jenna saw her sister wrestle last year and wanted to give it a try in her senior year. Having the three siblings wrestle for us is a great deal as we get the entire family including the parents. They are a great family.”
Besides the Aina trio Kamehameha made a profound impact on the day’s tournament coming up with big wins from several of their athletes.
Warrior CJ Matsuyama (160) failed to win any matches in his freshman season last year. Now as an experienced sophomore Matsuyama opened last week with two wins and came into the Hilo gym undefeated.
In his first match of the day Matsuyama went against Waiakea’s Shane Paredas. Paredas took the offensive right from the start and attempted a single leg take down, but landed on the wrong shoulder and Matsuyama was able to roll him over to gain the advantage. With 26 seconds left in the first round Matsuyama capitalized on his opponent’s mistake and won by pin.
“It’s only been through my hard work with my training partner that I was able to improve,” Matsuyama said. “It feels great to start winning, but I still have things to learn.”
Kau freshman Keani Mello brought her perfect 2-0 mark to Hilo in a match between Kamehameha’s Kaopua Sutton in the heavyweight division.
During the match Mello maintained a good defensive position as she managed to gain the advantage in the first round and nearly pinned Sutton.
Sutton, a true 175 class wrestler standing at 5’ 9”, had the height advantage over Mello but looked to be in trouble early in the first round against her opponent.
“I was a little concerned coming into the match,” Sutton said. “I was also concerned about the weight difference and at one point in the first round I almost got pinned, but I kept my head up and tried to get my hips under me so that I could stand up.”
Sutton’s speed and quickness prevailed as she was able to pin the Kau freshman with 30 seconds left in the second period.
“Keani has a really good attitude and is easy to coach,” Kau coach Kevin Rence said. “We only have Keani and two other kids that come out regularly for practice and one of them is her sister, Elena Mello, a junior at 120 pounds and the other is my son Tim Rence at 160.”
“We don’t have any girls at the heavyweight class, but I have four girls at 175 and each week I’ll move one of them up to compete so that we can fill the higher weight division,” Kamehameha coach Marlon Miller said.
Hilo High coach Mike Mandaquit has been low key on one of his wrestlers, Wong Ly, at the start of the season.
At the Maui preseason tournament Ly went 3-1, losing by an 8-4 score in the championship round. The talented senior showcased some of his skills on Saturday as he wrestled Kamehameha freshman Cody Freitas in the 140 weight class.
Ly wasted no time in the opening round as he immediately went for the take down and scored a quick two points. Freitas stayed on the defensive trying to escape from Ly without success as Ly used a drop down spin move.
By the end of the first round Ly was ahead 7-0 and in the second round gained the pin on Freitas.
“He made me work and he taught me a lesson,” Ly said after the match. “I should never under estimate my opponent. He gave me a good match and I think he’ll be good when he’s a senior.”
“Wong has an injury that he is just coming back from and as the BIIF runner up from last season we have high hopes for him,” Coach Mandaquit said.