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Three BIIF Wrestlers Make Finals of HHSAA Wrestling State Championships


Three Big Island Interscholastic Federation wrestlers had a shot at making history during Saturday’s Hawaii High School Athletic Federation state championships held at the Blaisdell Arena on Oahu.

Kamehameha’s Akoakoa Paleka-Kennedy the defending state heavyweight champion, Konawaena’s Sage Aoki, 120, and Keaau’s Cheyden Quiocho, 135, all took center stage to wrestle for a state championship.

In the final championship match of the day it was Paleka-Kennedy needing to get by Molokai’s Spencer Basa in order to repeat as state champion as the two largest boys, 285, in the championships took to the mat.

“This one is even sweeter than last year,” Paleka-Kennedy said of his second state crown.  “I had a huge target coming into this year’s championship as everyone was after me, so it means so much more to win.”

Paleka-Kennedy won the championship finale by a score of 5-2 earning his points on an escape, a takedown and on technical points when the referee called Basa for stalling.

“I had to work really hard as there was good competition,” Paleka-Kennedy said.  “All the hard work, putting in the long hours paid off today.”

Paleka-Kennedy ended his high school athletic career on top as he will shift his focus on other things.

The Warrior senior earned his way into the finals by winning four matches, three by pin and the other on points.

“I will concentrate on football and academics for the rest of the year as I prepare to attend Arizona Western of a football scholarship,” he said.

Aoki, a senior, looked at facing Maryknoll’s Brendan Chang to earn his first ever state championship.

“This was my last chance to win the state championship and I gave it everything I could,” Aoki said.  “My sister, Alexandra, finished two state championships as a runner up and I wanted to win it all.”

Aoki went the full three rounds in the finals to earn the victory by a 3 to 1 score.

“I got a take down in the first period using a single leg to earn two points then in the second period  got another point when the ref said there was a technical violation,” Aoki said.

Aoki needed to win three matches during the two day tournament to earn the right to face Chang in the finals.

“I wrestled some really good guys and won my matches by take downs using the tilt move,” Aoki said.

The Wildcat credited his judo experience as preparing him to be a better defensive wrestler.

“Judo gave me good defensive skills as I kept my distance when my opponents tried to shoot on me,” he said.  “I had seen him (Chang) wrestle and I knew I needed to stay away from being tied up.”

“This was a huge win for me,” Aoki said after the finals.  “I had finished fourth last year and I really wanted this one.”

Quiocho had the most pressure on his back as the senior Cougar was attempting to become the first state champion in the school’s history.

“I knew what was at stake and winning the state championship is a goal that I had set coming into the season,” Quiocho said.  “I wanted to be the first state champion in our schools history and I worked really hard this season to achieve it.”

Standing in the way of Quiocho’s dream was Mililani’s Chase Tantog as the pair squared off on the mat.

“I tried and gave it my all, so I can’t grumble,” Quiocho said of his second place medal.

The Cougar lost a close battle by a 5 to 2 score and it was his second loss of the season to Tantog.

“He used the same move on me that he did at Leilehua earlier in the season,” he said.  “I should have been better prepared when he came at me with using the broom stick move, but I wasn’t ready for it.”

Quiocho earned his way to the finals by winning three matches all in convincing fashion by scores of 16-2, 14-4 and 5-2.

“I wasn’t happy after the finals match but I don’t deserve what I don’t earn,” Quiocho said. 

The 2010 HHSAA state champion, Kamehameha’s Megan Aina, 103, lost one match and finished third overall.

“I ended up losing to this year’s state champion from Aiea by two points,” Aina said.  “In the third place match I won by a pin in the second round.”

Aina went for her classic chicken wing move in her attempt for the third place medal.

“The chicken wing worked for me the entire season, but when I went for it today it wasn’t there,” she said.  “So I had to roll her over and press her down to get the pin.”

Waiakea junior Pat Enos, 152, also claimed a third place medal by a 6-4 score in a  sweet victory over Kamehameha-Kapalama’s Andrew Kahalewai who had beat him last year in the HHSAA championships third place match.

“Last year he won by one point and I finished fourth,” Enos said.  “I’m pretty happy with the way things turned out because I got the early lead on a takedown and then put him on his back in the second period.”

Kamehameha’s Welina Tong, 175, was the biggest surprise as the first year wrestler lost only one match over the two days to claim a third place medal.

“My only goal was to win the BIIF title, so today was just something extra,” Tong said.  “I won four of my matches by pin using just basic, simple moves like the half.”

Other BIIF wrestlers to make it to day two of the HHSAA were:

Konawaena:  Justin Raymond 108, Aimee Shiraki 220

Hilo High:      Kaylan “Lahi” Kanakanui 140

Kamehameha:  Chantel Pohina 130, Jasmine Iuta 155,    Sky “Nalu” Kekona Souza 120

 Kealakehe:      Robin Arellano 114,  Allin Franco 140

  Waiakea:       Kara Nakayama  103, Tanalei Louis 125,  

    Kau:             Keani Mello-Waiwaiole 220

 HPA:              Troy Choi 215

Related link:  https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2012/03/03/17-biif-wrestlers-headed-to-day-2-in-hhsaa-state-championships/


March 4, 2012 Posted by | Wrestling | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Several BIIF Wrestlers advance to HHSAA semi finals

Two of the BIIF’s best in the 120 division, Nalu Souza and Sage Aoki

Kamehameha’s Nalu Souza and Konawaena’s Sage Aoki just met on the mat to decide Big Island supremacy. There’s a chance they could clash again today with an even bigger prize on the line: a state wrestling title.

Souza and Aoki both won a pair of matches Friday at the Hawaii High School Athletic Association championships. They were among nine Big Island Interscholastic Federation wrestlers who advanced to today’s semifinals at Honolulu’s Blaisdell Arena.

On the girls side, Kamehameha’s Megan Aina, the only state champion that the BIIF produced last season, reached the final four in the 100-pound division.

Six days after he bested Aoki to win the BIIF’s 120 final, Souza opened by beating Maryknoll’s Brendan Chang in the round of 16 and then he took a 7-5 decision against Pearl City’s Gabriel Iereneo-Baring to set up a match today with Punahou’s Evan Yamamoto.

On the other side of the bracket, Aoki scored 10-7 decisions against Hawaii Baptist’s Rick Viveiros and Maui’s Jarrin-Lee Cabo. He’ll face Kaiser’s Ryan Nakagawa in the semifinals.

Souza’s teammate and four-time league champion Justin Hirae lost in the quarterfinal at 127.

Tyler Yonemori

Looking to add a wrestling title to the state judo crown he won last year, Waiakea’s Tyler Yonemori advanced to the 142 semifinals by winning two decisions.

At 137, Keaau’s Cheyden Quiocho pinned Iolani’s Ryan Chang and survived to beat Lahainaluna’s Puali Sol Omon-Camanse 5-4. Today in the semifinals, he’ll face the defending state champion, Shayden Terukina of Kamehameha-Kapalama.

Out to improve on her third-place finish as a freshman last year, Konawaena’s Tanalei Louis reached the semifinals by edging Mid-Pacific’s Shannon Paaaina 2-1. Earlier, Louis pinned Kalaheo’s Nia Auelua 1:59 into their match.

Aina, a three-time league champion, pinned Kapolei’s Kaelynn Canyete in the quarterfinals after she opened by beating Aiea’s Candice Segi in the round of 16.

Rustee Johansen (132) will also wrestle for the BIIF champion Lady Warriors in the semifinals.  Joining Johansen in the semi’s will be teammate Akoakoa Paleka-Kennedy in the heavy weight division at 287.

Two Big Island wrestlers received byes before winning quarterfinal matches. Waiakea’s Tracy Poch (177) needed only 51 seconds to beat Roosevelt’s Brianna Jeffries, and Ka’u’s Kieni Mello-Waiwaiole pinned Radford’s Brayanne Moe at 1:37.

February 12, 2011 Posted by | Wrestling | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

HHSAA Boys Judo Results

108 Lbs 114 Lbs
1st Brendan Chang – Maryknoll (Ippon 2:50) 1st Jordan Ng – Punahou (Ippon 1:20)
2nd Kelson Onigama – Moanalua High 2nd Jacob Palimo’O – Moanalua High
3rd Kevin Miyamasu – Moanalua High (Ippon 3:04) 3rd Cassidy Oshiro – Maryknoll (Ippon 3:41)
4th Zachary Kido – Campbell High 4th Skye Yonamine – Kamehameha – Kapalama
5th Jacob Arakaki – Kamehameha – Kapalama (Ippon 3:39) 5th Logan Yamamoto – Iolani (Forfeit)
6th Justin Raymond – Konawaena High 6th Cody Fernandez – Roosevelt High
132 Lbs 121 Lbs
1st David Terao – Mid Pacific Institute (Ippon 1:26) 1st Brady Lafortune – Moanalua High (Ippon 2:05)
2nd Logan Bucsit – Farrington High 2nd Tyler Kono – Kapolei High
3rd Ryan Oda – Punahou (Ippon 0:45) 3rd Sean Tachibana – Maryknoll (Ippon 1:16)
4th Blaine Bolibol – Punahou 4th Trevor Kalawaia – Kahuku High
5th Brant Tsuda – Moanalua High (Wazari) 5th Evan Uehara – Punahou (Ippon 3:28)
6th Cody Uyejo – Mililani High 6th Koan Kojima – Roosevelt High
145 Lbs 161 Lbs
1st Tyler Yonemori – Waiakea High (Wazari) 1st Damon Hom Jr. – McKinley High (Ippon 0:08)
2nd Jordan Ogata – Mililani High 2nd Kainalu Matthews – Kamehameha – Kapalama
3rd Chaeden Grace-Reyes – Farrington High (Ippon 3:31) 3rd Gaston Carr – Kahuku High (Ippon 2:32)
4th Jacob Luning-Hoshino – Kamehameha – Kapalama 4th Ken Kobayashi – Punahou
5th Cody Kagawa – University High (Forfeit) 5th Lindsey Nelson – Roosevelt High (Ippon 3:31)
6th Royce Mori – Damien High 6th Tyler Vaughn – Hilo High
198 Lbs 178 Lbs
1st Punahele Soriano – Kahuku High (Ippon 3:52) 1st Myer Alokoa – Hawaii Center for the Deaf & Blind (Ippon 3:58)
2nd Robby Ostovich – Moanalua High 2nd Tyler Hayashi – Roosevelt High
3rd Tevin Miyahara – Leilehua High (Ippon 0:12) 3rd Diego Meyers – Campbell High (Ippon 1:18)
4th L J Remillard – Punahou 4th Warren Mamizuka – Kahuku High
5th Randy Ishitani – Roosevelt High (Ippon 2:45) 5th Makale’A Medeiros – Baldwin High (Yuko)
6th Taylor Sakanashi – McKinley High 6th Kawika Scott – Konawaena High
275 Lbs 220 Lbs
1st Dane Paihi Pestano – Kamehameha – Kapalama (Yuko) 1st Keith Chargulaf-Tuilepa – Farrington High (Ippon 3:02)
2nd Kyle Tsubota – Lutheran High 2nd Alex Kozuma – Moanalua High
3rd Jheryl Makaiau – Kahuku High (Forfeit) 3rd Kaulana Buchanan – Kamehameha – Kapalama (Ippon 0:30)
4th James Lloyd – Kaimuki High 4th Iokepa Alcantra – Pearl City High
5th Weston Akamine – Roosevelt High (Ippon 4:54) 5th Abraham Hall – Saint Louis High (Ippon 4:48)
6th Demetrius Roby – Saint Louis High 6th Simeon Vierra – Kahuku High

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