KEAAU – Kamehameha girls and Waiakea boys came away with team titles at the Big Island Interscholastic Federation individual and team wrestling championships, held Saturday at Paiea Gym on the Keaau campus of Kamehameha.
While cross town public and private schools Warriors were winning team championships another Warrior was celebrating several mile markers.
A monumental 18th birthday celebration took place for Kamehameha’s Megan Aina on Saturday as the tough 103 pound wrestler won her fourth Big Island Interscholastic Federation individual title and helped lead her Warrior squad to their third team title.
“This is a very crazy birthday for me,” Aina said. “It is a really big accomplishment in my life and I’m so proud to be part of our team for all four years.
“Winning a team title is all our girls have been talking about for the past two weeks,” Kamehameha Coach Marlon Miller said.
For Miller and his girls this is their third consecutive league team title and their fifth in the last six years.
“I think our biggest advantage is our experience on the mat,” Miller said. “We have lots of seniors, who will be sorely missed.”
Several of Miller’s girls have shared in all three team titles and the coach was quick to point out that this was indeed a team effort.
“It takes the entire team to win a championship,” Miller said. “It’s not about the coaches; it’s entirely about the girls who were on the mat.”
Miller pointed to his well seasoned squad, naming each of the girls that made the difference in each of the 11 weight classes to win yet another team title.
Warrior girls filling each of the weight classes were:
Nellie Towata (98), Aina (103), Kanoe Padaken (108), Sadie Arakaki (114), Phoebe Oda (120), Noelle Pohina 125), Chantel Pohina (130), Alexia Osburn (140), Jasmine Uta (155), Wilna Tong (175), Ciarra Lynn Parinas (220) all made contributions to winning the Warrior team title according to Miller.
Six out of the eight Warrior girls to make the finals won their matches by pin which included Aina, Padaken. Oda, Chantel Pohina, Iuta and Tong.
“Phoebe (Oda) was in one of the toughest weight division and she went undefeated during the season.” Miller said. “She’s a natural leader who pushes everyone on our team to their fullest potential.”
Aina ended her BIIF career by having an undefeated season and in the process won her fourth consecutive individual league crown to go along with the state title she won as a sophomore. But Aina’s match was anything but easy as she went against Waiakea Cara Nakayama in the finals.
“I felt like I had nothing to lose and I left everything on the mat,” Nakayama said.
Nakayama was winning by a score of 4-2 going in the second round, when Aina used her famous chicken wing move to get the pin and secure the victory.
Two other Warrior girls finished the season with an unblemished BIIF record and went on to win individual BIIF titles on Saturday.
Padaken and Chantel Pohina both dominated throughout the season which added to the Warrior blitz in their team title quest.
This was a Sweet three peat for Warrior girls where experience made the difference, according to Miller. Sharing in past team titles six of their eleven girls on the mat are seniors.
“Many of these girls were with us for all three championships, which makes this one extra sweet,” Miller said.
While Miller’s girls were winning their third team title it was Waiakea Coach Stan Haraguchi bring his young Warrior boys to their second consecutive team title.
“Every one of these guys helped us get here,” Haraguchi said. “We are young with lots of sophomores and juniors but we came into the championships confident and humble.”
Waiakea brought eight boys into the finals which consisted of 14 weight classes.
“It takes an entire team effort to win a title and everyone from our coaches to our parents helped us get here,” Haraguchi said.
Waiakea’s Pat Enos dominated the 152 division all season and ended his BIIF season with an unblemished mark.
Enos won three matches on Saturday, all by pin, using a cradle and twice using a gable move to secure each win.
“It feels awesome to win two straight team titles,” Enos said. “Nobody in the league thought that we could win the title, because we are so young, but we pulled it out.”
Teammate William Spain, a 108 sophomore, won his first two matches to earn a spot in the finals before dropping his finale to two time BIIF champion, Konawaena’s Justin Raymond.
“I think last year winning the team title was really good, but this year it is extra special for us since we have so many young guys,” Spain said. “This is a new team and we really stepped up because we knew we could do it.”
Waiakea placed 8 boys in the finals and 2 in the consolation bracket to secure enough team points to narrowly eclipse Kamehameha for the boy’s crown.
“We came in with the right mentality and jelled at the right time,” Haraguchi said. “Everyone just worked together and blended well.”
The Hawaii High School state wrestling championships will be held on March 2 and 3 at the Blaisdell Arena on Oahu.
Stealth was the key word at Waiakea as the Big Island Interscholastic Federation wrestling season continued on Saturday, with the public school Warriors trying to avoid detection of their talented team.
“We’re trying to fly under the radar and not let the other schools know what we have,” Warrior coach Preston Sato said.Waiakea is the defending boy’s team champion in BIIF wrestling, but are attempting to disguise what they might have as the season heads into its final weeks.
“We continue the coaching philosophy of our former coach, Patrick Marquart, who believed in discipline and the entire program is modeled after him.” Sato said,Marquart coached the Warriors from 1996 to 2001 according to Sato and Coach Sato along with assistant coach, Nick Galloway, wrestled for the legendary Warrior coach.Galloway, a 2003 and Sato, a 2001 graduate of Waiakea have both returned to continue as mentors.
“Coach Marquart always helped us become better wrestlers and as a result become better people in life,” Galloway said. “He had a great program which we try to emulate today.”Haraguichi
“We carry 16 boys and 7 girls and defending the league title will be a lot tougher this season, Coach Stan Haraguchi said. “It will come down to who wants it more, who works the hardest and who has the fewest injuries.”MaglintiLeading the Warrior boys is senior Jordan Maglinti at 152 pounds who won his opening match against a Pahoa opponent by a score of 11-1.“I haven’t lost a match this season as I go for just the basic moves of double leg and half nelson,” Maglinti said. “I’m not a great wrestler, I’m just okay and all these other kids work hard too.”Despite his undefeated BIIF season Maglinti, a senior, believes that he needs to work harder at practice to be able to contend for the league championship.“I just want to wrestle as hard as I can and if I win or lose it doesn’t matter, as long as I tried my best,” he said. Ikehara
Also flying under the radar for Waiakea is Alan Ikehara a tenth grader in his first year of wrestling.
Ikehara, 140, won his opening match against a Hawaii Preparatory Academy opponent by putting him in a half then pressing his weight down to get the second round pin.
“I took him down in the first period then put him in a reverse leading into the half,” Ikehara said. “My double leg take down works well, but I still need to work on the single leg.”
Ikehara, a surfer, goes into every match with a positive attitude as his dad; a former high school wrestler encouraged him to enter the sport.
“I go onto the mat to try to win every match and I always try to do the best that I can,” he said,
Keoni Rice, at 135, adds to the Waiakea firepower and remains undefeated in league competition.
“I’m 7-0 and today I bumped up to 140 for better competition,” Rice said. “I try to take advantage of my opponent’s weaknesses and faults.”
Rice, a junior, ran cross country during the off season and believes the transition to wrestling has helped.
“Cross country has helped me stay in shape and develop more stamina,” he said. “Wrestling also helped my running because of the high intensity of the sport.”
For the Warrior girls there is no hiding Tanalei Louis who comes in as the state runner up at 125 pounds and is undefeated in BIIF competition.
Louis faced stiff opposition in Kamehameha’s Noelle Pohina and used a barbed wire move to secure the pin in the second period to move her league record to 15-0. The two combatants had faced each other last season for the BIIF championships with Louis again coming out on top.
“Everything is going as planned at this point in the season,” Louis said. “Noelle probably gave me my toughest match so far this season.”
Louis has never been in serious trouble this season as she has fluctuated between 125 and 130 pound weight divisions.
“My dad helps me a lot in my wrestling as he wrestled for Hilo High when he was in high school,” Louis said. “My dad is my biggest supporter and I appreciate his always being there for me.”
Waiakea Teammate Skye Matsuura, 120, dropped a close match to Kamehameha’s Phoebe Oda by a score of 10 to 4. The loss dropped the sophomore to a 3-4 season record
“My mom made me come out for wrestling as she is a black belt in judo,” Matsuura said. “I’m glad I joined as I like it now as it is a good sport.”
Matsuura believes she still needs to work on building muscle and getting in better shape.
“I need to work on my cardio and my staying in position before matches,” Matsuura said. “My stand up works good as I fight for hand control.”
Waiakea hosted the day long all schools meet which showcased some of the best wrestlers on the island
“It’s very difficult to coach and host a wrestling tournament,” Coach Stan Haraguichi said. “Fortunately I have a good staff and great kids.”
BIIF action continues on Saturday with a East meet at Hilo and the West meet at HPA. Both venues begin at 10 am.
BIIF Judo Individual Championships Held Saturday at Konawaena
108 pounds: 1. Justin Raymond, Konawaena; 2. William Spain, Waiakea
114 pounds: 1. Joseph Gaspar, Konawaena; 2. Jove Asagra, Keaau; 3. Dylan Raiano, Konawaena; 4. Kai Leblance, Honokaa; 5. Darrell Alonzo, Keaau; 6. Bradley Pira, Honokaa
121 pounds: 1. Jesse Kihe-Fukuyama, Konawaena; 2. Sheldon Graham, Hilo; 3. Neon Nishimura, Keaau
132 pounds: 1. Ikaika Villanueva, Kamehameha-Hawaii; 2. Kenneth Pang, Waiakea; 3. Charles Aina, Kamehameha-Hawaii; 4. Shon Inouye, Konawaena; 5. Ryan Cominella, Keaau; 6. Conrad Hildebrand, Konawaena
145 pounds: 1. Tyler Yonemori, Waiakea; 2. Jens Beets, Hilo; 3. Jordan Enos, Hilo; 4. Nainoa Akiona, Waiakea; 5. Makana Lee, Kamehameha-Hawaii; 6. Justin Naehu, Keaau
161 pounds: 1. Isaiah Kanakanui, Hilo; 2. Pat Enos, Waiakea; 3. Thomas Soares, Keaau; 4. Elvis Cardoza, Honokaa; 5. Cullen Mento, Hilo; 6. Jaycob Barros, Kamehameha-Hawaii
178 pounds: 1. Sean Arakaki, Hilo; 2. Gunner Nagata, Konawaena; 3. Kayed Rodrigues, Waiakea; 4. Jordan Maglinti, Waiakea; 5. Jade Barraga, Keaau
198 pounds: 1. Brandon Pettefer, Konawaena; 2. Joshua Takiguchi, Hilo; 3. Russell Pacheco, Waiakea; 4. Esaiah Bajo, Kealakehe; 5. Christopher Enojarda, Honokaa
220 pounds: 1. Edward Bedsaul, Kealakehe
275 pounds: 1. Zephaniah Pavao, Waiakea; 2. Hunter Henderson, Kamehameha-Hawaii
98 pounds: 1. Megan Aina, Kamehameha-Hawaii; 2. Tatyana Ducosin, Kamehameha-Hawaii
103 pounds: 1. Journey Udac, Konawaena; 2. Anissa Pira, Honokaa
109 pounds: 1. Seysha-Ann Bondaug, Hilo; 2. Kandy Mento, Kealakehe; 3. Serena Offenbaker, Honokaa
115 pounds: 1. Kanoe Padaken, Kamehameha-Hawaii; 2. Puulena Luuwai-Augustine, Kamehameha-Hawaii; 3. Danajane Jennings, Kealakehe
122 pounds: 1. Phoebe Oda, Kamehameha-Hawaii; 2. Victoria Magana-Lesema, Konawaena; 3. Savannah Brinkmann, St. Joseph
129 pounds: 1. Hillary Luna, Hilo; 2. Chantel Pohina, Kamehameha-Hawaii; 3. Charisse Isabello, Kealakehe; 4. Alison Seo, Honokaa
139 pounds: 1. Lahi Kanakanui, Hilo; 2. Kanani Silva, Waiakea; 3. Chelsi Kualii, Kamehameha-Hawaii; 4. Sharrylei Fernandez, Hilo; 5. Pauline Gampon, Kealakehe
154 pounds: 1. Nissi Flores-Jumalon, Kamehameha-Hawaii; 2. Allison Felix, Kealakehe; 3. Kiley Lapenia, Kamehameha-Hawaii; 4. Tia Kihe-Fukuyama, Konawaena
172 pounds: 1. Aimee Shiraki, Konawaena; 2. Jasmine Iuta, Kamehameha-Hawaii; 3. Sharon Manarpaac, Hilo
220 pounds: 1. Kalika Yamada, Kamehameha-Hawaii; 2. Ariana Matthews, Kealakehe
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