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17 BIIF wrestlers headed to day 2 in HHSAA state championships

The following 17 Big Island Interscholastic Federation Wrestlers will be on the mat today (3.3.12) in the finals and consolation brackets of the HHSAA state wrestling championships being held on Oahu

 

Konawaena:  Justin Raymond 108 lb

            Sage Aoki 120 lb

            Aimee Shiraki 220 lb

Hilo High:  Kaylan “Lahi” Kanakanui 140 lb

Kamehameha:  Megan Aina 103 lb, Chantel Pohina 130 lb, Jasmine Iuta 155 lb, Welina Tong 175 lb

      Sky “Nalu” Kekona Souza,       Akoakoa Paleka-Kennedy  285 

 Kealakehe:  Robin Arellano 114 lb,  Allin Franco 140 lb

  Keaau:      Cheyden Quiocho 135 lb

   Waiakea:    Kara Nakayama  103 lb, Tanalei Louis  125 lb, Pat Enos

    Kau:        Keani Mello-Waiwaiole 220 lb

    HPA:        Troy Choi 215 lb

March 3, 2012 Posted by | Wrestling | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

HHSAA wrestling championships – Semifinals and Consolation Rounds on Saturday

CHEVRON

47TH ANNUAL WRESTLING STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

March 2-3, 2012 – Neal S. Blaisdell Arena

SATURDAY

8:30 a.m.   Weigh-in

10 a.m.      Semifinals and Consolation Rounds 3 & 4

3 p.m.        Introductions

4 p.m.        Championship, third-place and fifth-place finals

7:30 p.m.   Awards ceremony

The top high school wrestlers from across the state will compete in the 47th Annual Chevron/HHSAA Championships, March 2-3 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center Arena. This year’s field includes boys wrestlers in 14 weight classes (in pounds): 108, 114, 120, 125, 130, 135, 140, 145, 152, 160, 171, 189, 215 and 285, and girls wrestlers in 11 weight classes: 98, 103, 108, 114, 120, 125, 130, 140, 155, 175 and 220. (includes 2-pound weight allowance)

 

Returning individual state champions:

Two boys, Maryknoll’s Cassidy Oshiro (114 pounds) and Punahou’s Todd Murakawa (130), and one girl, Punahou’s Mindy Chow (130), will aim for their third individual state championships. Oshiro won at 108 pounds in 2010 and Murakawa at 125 pounds that same year.

Other defending state champs are Mililani’s Quinn Nagatani (108), ‘Aiea’s Samantha Higa (114) and Darcie Manning O’Brien (175), Mid-Pacific’s Joshua Terao (125), Lahainaluna’s Chanse Uyeda (152), Punahou’s Bryan Peralta (152) and Zach Hernandez (189) and Kamehameha-Hawaii’s Akoakoa Paleka-Kennedy (285). Uyeda won last year’s 145-pound title.

Three girls – Kamehameha-Hawaii’s Megan Aina (103), Kamehameha’s Bree Rapoza (120) and Pearl City’s Sanoe Spencer (220) – won state titles in 2010 but were upset last year.

March 2, 2012 Posted by | Wrestling | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

BIIF Wrestling Championships Team Scoring – Boys and Girls

BIG ISLAND INTERSCHOLASTIC FEDERATION   2012 GIRLS VARSITY CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT

Place Abbreviation Team Score 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th

1 KSH Kamehameha – Hawaii 186.0 6 2 2 0 0 0

2 WAK Waiakea High School 77.0 1 3 0 0 0 0

3 KON Konawaena High School 73.0 1 1 2 1 0 0

4 HIL Hilo High School 58.0 2 0 0 1 0 0

5 KEA Kealakehe High School 57.0 0 0 1 4 1 0

6 KAU Ka`u High School 52.0 0 3 0 0 0 0

6 KEU Keaau High School 52.0 0 0 3 1 0 0

8 PAH Pahoa High School 38.0 1 1 0 0 0 0

9 HPA Hawaii Preparatory Academy 33.0 0 1 1 0 2 2

10 HON Honokaa High School 23.0 0 0 1 0 2 0

11 LAU Laupahoehoe High School 3.0 0 0 0 0 1 0

12 KOH Kohala High School 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0

 BIG ISLAND INTERSCHOLASTIC FEDERATION   2012 BOYS VARSITY CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT

Place Abbreviation Team Score 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th

1 WAK Waiakea High School 185.0 3 5 0 1 1 0

2 KSH Kamehameha – Hawaii 171.0 2 4 3 0 0 1

3 KEA Kealakehe High School 133.5 2 2 1 2 2 0

4 KEU Keaau High School 121.0 2 0 2 2 3 1

5 PAH Pahoa High School 103.5 0 0 2 5 2 1

6 HON Honokaa High School 100.0 0 2 3 1 0 1

7 KON Konawaena High School 86.5 2 0 1 1 1 2

8 HPA Hawaii Preparatory Academy 72.0 2 1 0 0 1 1

9 HIL Hilo High School 60.5 0 0 2 2 0 2

10 KOH Kohala High School 34.0 1 0 0 0 0 1

11 LAU Laupahoehoe High School 27.0 0 0 0 0 3 1

12 KAU Ka`u High School 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0

 

February 22, 2012 Posted by | Wrestling | | Leave a comment

Aina Lead Kamehameha girls in threepeat while Waiakea gains second team title

Aina, Pohina, Iuta, Osburn,Miller

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.

Enos

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.

February 21, 2012 Posted by | Wrestling | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Kamehameha Wrestling Seniors lead the way on and off the mat

L to R: Pohina, Osburn, Padaken, Roland and Chin

PAHOA – Experience does matter and the Warriors of Kamehameha took full advantage of their senior power during the Big Island Interscholastic Federation regular wrestling season finale on Saturday at Pahoa Gym.

“We have 12 seniors with 5 boys and 7 girls,” Warrior coach Brendan Courtot said.  “Those seniors provide us with a pretty good nucleus, not just in wrestling but in leadership.”

Kamehameha put their senior power to the test, taking advantage of their opponents in a variety of weight classes.

On the girl’s side of the mat Kanoe Padaken (108), Alexia Osburn  (140) and Chantel Pohina (130) were priming their skills prior to the BIIF championships which will be held on Feb 18.

Kamehameha girls, the two time defending team champions, left little doubt that they are on a quest for their three peat.

Padaken used a hand and arm to take her opponent down then went for a head squeeze followed by a double chicken wing to win her match by pin in the first round.

Placing third in the BIIF championships last year Padaken uses her experience to boost her confidence.

“This year I am putting everything I have into every match,” Padaken said.  “I now have more focus as I try to improve my game plan.”

Padaken, undefeated this season at 108, started the season at 114 but has dropped the weight to help the Warrior weight class balance for another team title.

Pohina won her opening match against a Keaau opponent by a score of 15-7.

“I snapped her down and went for the gator roll, but accidentally put myself on my back,” Pohina said. “

Pohina managed to reverse the mistake by escaping from the bottom position, placing herself back on top, extending a sprawl and kept her opponent down as time ran out.

Pohina’s only BIIF losses this season came at the hands of Waiakea’s Tanalei Louis and Hilo’s Lahi Kanakanui.

“I won all my other matches this season, but lost two to Tanalei and one time to Lahi,” she said.  “I think my overall BIIF record is 11-3.”

Last season Pohina wrestled at 155 and placed second in the BIIF.   At her current 130 Pohina has an unblemished league record, as her three loses came outside her 130 division.

“I still need to work harder and have a stronger mentality,” she said.  “Experience matters as I am the only senior in the 130 division.”

At 140 is Alexia Osburn who won both her Saturday matches on points against Waiakea and Hilo opponents.

“I felt sluggish and wasn’t feeling all that great, but I got the opportunity to get the Waiakea girl for a sprawl and the take down,” Osburn said. 

In her second match Osburn used pressure to do wrist rolls on the Viking to claim her second victory of the day.

For the Warrior boys it was seniors Jason Rowland (145) and Ryan Chin (189) fine tuning their skills.

Chin won his first match by pin against a Pahoa opponent, coming in high to get a single leg take down, followed by a half nelson to gain the first round pin.

“I think I can do better,” Chin said.  “There is lots of room for improvement as I am not consistent and have my on and off days.”

Chin extended his overall BIIF record to 10-2 and attributes much of his success to having a good attitude and strong work ethic.

“I’m always trying to get better by having better mental imaging and focusing on winning,” Chin said.

Last season Chin placed second in the BIIF in the 215 division and has dropped the weight to make himself more competitive.

Rowland also claimed a first round pin against a Hilo opponent, making the first take down by sprawling out after the Viking took a shot.

“I flipped him over and placed him in a half nelson,” Rowland said.  “I have good shots and like to work the double leg while I set up my game plan.”

Warrior teammate CJ Matsuyama (171) needed to sit the day out with a high ankle sprain, but plays an important role in the Kamehameha’s boy’s quest for a team title, according to Coach Courtot.

State heavyweight champion Kamehameha’s Akoakoa Paleka-Kennedy continued his domination while keeping his two year unblemished mark intact by winning his only match of the day at Pahoa.

“Our girl’s team is solid, with our boy’s team needing to give up three weight classes,” Coach Courtot said.

While the Daggers were hosting the Eastside schools Honokaa played host to the Westside as the BIIF season concluded with dual island wide meets.

 

Two Dragons boys that have been going through the season with mat experience and skill are Christian Silva, 215, and James Marlin at 171.

 

Silva, who had never won a match last season is an even 8-8 this year.

 

On Saturday Silva, a junior, went 1-2 getting his lone win by pin in the second round.

 

“I used a cross grab and flipped him onto his back, then held and pressed,” Silva said.  “I lost one at 215 and my other loss came at 285 as my coach (Dan Whetstone) wanted me to bump up to gain more experience.”

 

Marlin went 2-1 on Saturday, winning both matches by pin, while extending his overall BIIF record to 22-5.

 

“I won both on second round pins using the cradle in one match and the head and arm in the other,” Marlin said.  “My loss was by a score of 11-9 and part of that was because I lost points when the ref called me for stalling.”

 

Marlin expects to be a contender for the BIIF individual crown, but knows that he stills needs some work with his cardio and speed.

 

The BIIF individual and team championships will be held on Saturday at Kamehameha with action getting under way at 10 am.

 

February 13, 2012 Posted by | Wrestling | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment