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BIIF Wrestling from Konawaena – Who let the Cats Out?

Troy Gibson Jr., gains an advantage over his Wildcat opponent

Who let the Cats Out?   That’s what wrestlers from around the Big Island Interscholastic Federation were wondering when they exited the Konawaena Gym on Saturday after a grueling day on the mats.The host Wildcats were short on numbers and experience, according to Coach Mark Aoki, but huge on heart and determination as Sage Aoki, 120, Justin Raymond, 108, and Aimee Shiraki, 220, came up with big matches.Shiraki was unstoppable going 3-0 while winning all of her matches by pins against formidable opponents from Kau, Pahoa and Hilo.“I like the outside single move,” Shiraki said.  “Sometimes I get too ambitious with my moves and get caught off balance.”Shiraki attributes a great part of her wrestling success to judo as the sophomore comes onto the mat as the BIIF defending judo champion.Judo has definitely helped me in wrestling,” she said.  “I like wrestling because it is different and I like the competition and the chance to meet new people.”


Shiraki made it to the state championships last year as a freshman, but missed medaling by one match.

“My goal is to make it back to states this time around and to hopefully medal,” Shiraki said.

Aoki and Raymond are defending BIIF champions and they looked primed to repeat, having extremely competitive     matches which should pay big dividends by the end of the season.


Kamehameha sophomore Troy Gibson, wrestling at 135, had a perfect day on the mat winning all three of his matches, two by pin and the other by 17-0 score.

“I beat two Pahoa and one Kona guy,” Gibson said.  “My favorite pinning combination is the cradle move, but I still need to work on my cardio.”

According to Gibson he has been building endurance by running on his own before practice and working on his muscle mass by doing weight training with his father.

“I’ve always liked wrestling since middle school because I like the one on one action and there are no excuses when you lose,” Gibson said.

Gibson’s goals for the season are straight forward.

“My goal is to be the best student athlete that I can be,” he said.  “I’m not looking beyond just being the best that I can possible be.”

Souza vs Aoki

In what is considered the premiere match up of the day it was Kona’s Sage Aoki going against Kamehameha’s Nalu Kekona-Souza.

Aoki is the defending BIIF champion at 108 and bumped up a weight class to challenge the slightly bigger Souza at 125.

“I admire Sage for bumping up to face one of the best wrestlers in the league,” Warrior Coach Brendan Courtot said.  “Sage wrestled up to challenge himself and gain better competition.”

The tough match up against Kekona-Souza went the distance with Souza winning on points by a score of 14 to 3.

Kekona-Souza went a perfect 3-0 in Kona and believes that his match up with Aoki was the best that he can find in the BIIF.

“Sage is great competition and when he gets on top he is a hammer as he always comes into the match with the right attitude.”

Kekona-Souza is the two time defending BIIF champion at 120 pounds, but will look to win his third league title at 125.

“I’m hoping to be a three time BIIF champion and to go on to win a state title,” he said.  “I came in second at states this past year at 120 and I’m pretty happy with my wrestling performance, but I still want to get better.”

Kekona-Souza is a perfect 6-0 in BIIF completion this season and beat Aoki by using a single leg take down, putting the Wildcat on his back to score enough points to be awarded the tough win.

Also delivering a perfect 3-0 record in the Wildcat gym was Kamehameha’s Charlie Aina in the 130 weight class.

“I had wins against Pahoa, Keaau and Kona with my toughest match coming against the Kona wrestler,” Aina said.

Aina, a junior, won his first match by a 17-2 score and pinned his Keaau opponent before going the distance in his third and final match to scratch out a narrow 4-2 victory.

“In most of my wins I use an ankle pick,” Aina said.  “I have good endurance and I have really good conditioning which helped me in my final match on Saturday.”

Aina also comes from a judo background which helps him in his wrestling.

“I condition year round for judo and I run on my own and lift weights on the weekends,” Aina said.

“I’m hoping I can take the BIIF title, but I know I need to improve my attacks as I tend to wait too long,” Aina said.

If Aina’s last name sounds familiar it is because sister, Megan Aina, is a former state wrestling champion who continues to make great strides in her mat performance at Kamehameha.

Present in the Wildcat gym, but staying on the bleachers was Waiakea standout Tanalei Louis at 130.  Louis is a perfect 9 and 0 in BIIF competition but decided to sit out at Kona.

“I’m nursing an ear infection and just wanted to watch and cheer on my team,” Louis said.  “I should be ready to compete next week when we are at Keaau.”

The BIIF wrestling season continues on Saturday with an all-schools meet at Keaau starting at 10 am.


January 9, 2012 Posted by | Wrestling | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Former Waiakea x-c runner, Garrett DeLorm of Mt. View, headed to Ironman New Zealand

For years I had coached cross country and track at Waiakea High School and recently I had a chance to catch up with one of my former runners, Garrett DeLorm.

“When I was very young my grandfather told my parents that I was a natural runner,” DeLorm said.  “He could tell by looking at my stride, form and overall effortless efficiency while I darted around the yard.”

Growing up in Hilo DeLorm dabbled in basketball and soccer while running took a back seat.

“I became more serious about soccer and stopped playing basketball in middle school,” DeLorm said. 

DeLorm happened upon running during his freshman year at Waiakea when he joined the cross country team, why else? to get in shape for soccer.

“I soon realized that I was actually a much better runner than soccer player,” he said.

DeLorm’s grandfather was absolutely correct about Garrett’s ability to run. The youngster became quite a natural medaling in the league and state championships for both cross country and track.

In track DeLorm set the island record in the 800 meter run and went on to become the league champion, while finishing third in the state for that event.

In high school DeLorm was far more than a gifted athlete as he excelled in academics which paved the way to his attending the University of Notre Dame, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.

“I’m a Digital Producer at Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners,” he said.  “It is an ad agency headquartered in Sausalito, California and I’ve been working there for five years.”

DeLorm not only continues to exercise daily but has become one of the most competitive athletes in the world of Triathlons.

“I live in San Francisco right near Golden Gate Park and have the pleasure of riding my bike over the Golden Gate Bridge every day to get to work,” DeLorm said.  “I come back to Hilo once or twice a year, not enough if you ask me.”

DeLorm is a producer for a variety of digital needs and his clients have ranged from Mini USA, Columbia Sportswear, Priceline and Radio Shack to name just a few.

Adding to his busy career DeLorm has entered into one of the most demanding sports by becoming a triathlete.

“I need to balance three sports for my triathlon and on my non rest weeks I average between 15 to 23 hours of workouts,” he said.  “Ironman races are very demanding as I put in numerous hours on the bike, in the pool and on the pavement running.”

During his short stay in Mountain View, while visiting his parents, DeLorm was looking for training partners to do an 80 to 100 mile bike ride and on another day an 18 to 20 mile run.

“My biggest goal right now is to finish Ironman New Zealand which is coming up during the first week in March,” he said.

DeLorm’s first Olympic and half-iron triathlons were his most memorable.

“Those first triathlons were memorable because they were big accomplishments over the distance,” DeLorm said.  “Escape from Alcatraz was also a big one because it was the first race I fell in love with and part of the reason that I got into this sport.”

For DeLorm one of his biggest motivations to work out as hard as he does is his upcoming races.

“There is a lot of pressure not to hit the snooze button in the morning if I’ve got an upcoming race that I’m not sure I can finish,” DeLorm said.  “Today I’m motivated by my upcoming Ironman in New Zealand.  I know it will be a grueling race and that makes me want to forge ahead with my workout time.”

DeLorm’s biggest obstacle when it comes to eating and diet is that he may not be getting enough calories.

“The biggest thing is trying to eat enough calories each day to keep up with the amount I’m burning in my workouts,” he said.  “I don’t limit myself unless it’s a few weeks before a big race, then I have a very strict plan of the basic things I eat.”

Prior to races DeLorm will eat lots of vegetables, protein while drinking lots of water.

“I will try to stay away from too much sugar and I take a multi vitamin and Glucosamine/Chondrotin for my joints, since this sport is so hard on them,” DeLorm said.

Why does DeLorm put himself through such grueling workouts?

“I’ve always been driven to individual performance based sports,” he said.  “I enjoy the competitive nature of these sports along with how inherently introspective and truly personal they are.”

DeLorm has learned through his high school running days that once the starting gun goes off everything that follows is entirely up to him.

“Sports like cross country and track are team sports to some degree, but once the race begins your teammates can’t really help you run through the lactic acid build ups or in gathering enough strength to pass someone when everything in your body is telling you to slow down.”

DeLorm has now set his sights on the World Champion of all triathlons, the Kona Ironman.

“I’d love to do Kona as it would be great to have all of my friends and family who watched me race through high school be there to see me again in the grandest stage of all,” DeLorm said.  “Although, knowing how difficult it is to qualify, I’m not sure I’m ready to devote that much time to training at this point in my life in order to be able to earn a slot.”

Garrett DeLorm at age 29 has already achieved quite a bit, graduating from a prominent university, landing a prestigious job and on his way to becoming a very competitive athlete in the world of triathlons.

When Garrett DeLorm does qualify for the Kona Ironman someday, he can count on his former high school cross country and track coach to be along the side lines on Alii Drive cheering him into the finish line.

And someday should you happen to see a beaming former high school cross country and track coach jogging around East Hawaii remember to smile, say “woof” and never shy away from “Running with the Big Dog.”

January 9, 2012 Posted by | Profiles | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments