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BIIF Wrestlers do well at HHSAA – photos plus

BIIF Championships top 4 girls in the 155 weight class. K. Lee, KAM, 4th; T. Poch, WAI, 1st; H. Luepkes, HON, 2nd; S. Acia, PAH, 3rd

   Big Island Interscholastic Federation champion at 155 is Waiakea’s Tracey Poch, second from left above.  Poch went on to the Hawaii High School Athletic Association’s state championships and placed second.

BIIF wrestling top 4 in the 175 weight class. S. Doi, HPA, 4th; K. Sutton, KAM, 1st; J. Muskat, HON, 2nd; J. Kahala-Minczer, KEA, 3rd

   BIIF champion at 175, Kamehameha’s Kaopua Sutton, second from left, and BIIF runner up, Honokaa’s Jessica Muskat, went on to place at the HHSAA state championships.  Sutton was 4th and Muskat was 6th.

BIIF top 4 girls in the 114 weight class. A. Hasegawa, WAI, 4th; J. Aina, KAM, 2nd; J. Kahala-Minczer, KEA, 1st, S. Lo, HON, 3rd

   BIIF champion at 114, Kealakehe’s Joylynn Kahala-Minczer, third from left, and runner-up Kamehameha’s Jenna Aina, second left, went onto medal at the HHSAA state championships.  Kahala-Minczer finished fourth and Aina took the sixth place medal.

March 3, 2010 Posted by | Wrestling | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Kamehameha’s Megan Aina Wins State Wrestling Title

Megan Aina, top, won three of four matches at state by pin

   It’s been three long years since a Big Island Interscholastic Federation girl has won a state wrestling title, but that all came to an end this past Sunday as the smallest of eleven weight divisions came up big.

   Kamehameha’s Megan Aina, wrestling in the 98 pound lightweight division, worked her way through two days of competition to win the Hawaii High School Athletic Association individual crown at the Baisdell Arena in Honolulu.

   Aina, a two time BIIF Champion at 98 pounds, needed to get past Punahou’s Erin Uehara in the championship match to claim the first girls state wrestling championship for the BIIF since Kealakehe’s Renee Michell won it in 2007.

   Aina’s final match was a nail-biter as the Warrior sophomore managed to win by a 3-2 decision over Uehara.

   “I was shaken prior to the championship match as I was so nervous,” Aina said after winning the state title.

   Aina scored the first point of the championship match with an escape in the second period and scored two more later in that period with a takedown.

  “I used an arm drag and moved to a single leg snatch to get the takedown,” Aina said.  “I was up 3-0 going into the final round when Erin (Uehara) took me down to make the score tight.”

   Aina’s weight division included 16 girls from around the state and the versatile wrestler pinned all three of her opponents prior to going against Uehara.

   “My sister, Jenna, was very supportive during the tournament,” Aina said.  “I wanted to do well and not disappoint anyone.”

   For Aina to make it to the championship match she needed to get past St. Andrew’s Priory, Meghan Chun, a formidable opponent that beat Aina during last year’s state tournament.

   “Part of Megan’s desire to want to make weight and wrestle in the 98 class was to avenge the lost she had to the St. Andrew’s girl (Chun) that beat her last year,” Kamehameha coach Marlon Miller said.

Honokaa’s Jessica Muskat, 6th at state

Waiakea’s Tracy Poch had the second best finish for the BIIF girls, making it into the championship match at 155 and losing to Punahou’s Kaimana Lundquist by fall at 4:44.

   Konawaena’s freshman, Tanalei Louis made it into the semi finals in the 125 weigh class to win the bronze by defeating Kahuku’s Kristy Rabaino on a 7-1 decision.

   Other BIIF girls medaling at state were:

Konawaena’s Alexandra Aoki, 103, 4th, Danielle Hubbard, 108, 4th,

Kealakehe’s Joylnn Kahala-Minczer, 114, 4th, Jodi Ozaki, 120, 4th

Kamehameha’s Rustee-Ann Johansen, 130, 5th, Kaopua Sutton, 175, 4th and Jenna Aina, 114, 6th.

Honokaa’s Jessica Muskat, 175, 6th.   

   Punahou won the girls team title for the second year in a row narrowly edging out Kahuku by 2.5 points.  Kamehameha-Hawaii finished sixth and Kona eighth to claim high honors for BIIF teams.

Kona’s Sage and Alexandra Aoki both finished fourth at state

“This was the best finish by any Kamehameha-Hawaii team as we previously finished 11th once and 12th last year,” Coach Marlon Miller said.  “I’m very proud of all our girls as they worked hard and served as good training partners for each other.”

   “I’m happy with our finish, but there were still five schools ahead of us and with the talent we have coming back next year we will focused on trying to win it all,” Miller said.  “Our girls are a really tight unit and with mainly freshmen and sophomores the Big Island should be worried about us next year.”

   In the boys division it was Kona’s Jimmy Romualdo in the 135 weight class that made it into the championship match.  Romualdo took the runner up spot when he defaulted his match to Kamehameha-Oahu’s Jacob Luning-Hoshino.

  Honokaa’s three time BIIF champion, Geo Chavez-Pardini, 160, lost his opening match during day one trials, but worked his way through the consolation bracket to win a 5th place medal.

  Other BIIF boys winning medals were:

Hawaii Prep’s Keoni Colson, 152, 6th.

Kamehameha’s Nalu Souza, 120, 4th.

Kona’s Sage Aoki, 108, 4th.

Honokaa’s Chris Reed, 285, 4th.

   Punahou easily won the boys team crown for the fourth year in a row with 240 points with second place Kamehameha-Oahu scoring 186.5.  The top BIIF team was Kona who finished in 15th place.

   Forty-two schools, representing five leagues, participated in the two day tournament which needed to be postponed on Saturday due to the Tsunami Alert.

March 1, 2010 Posted by | Wrestling | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

HHSAA Wrestling Championships Postponed Due to Tsunami Alert

Kamehameha's Jenna Aina advanced to Sunday's semi finals

Tsunami Warnings have postponed the Boys and Girls state wrestling championships until Sunday, according to Big Island Interscholastic Federation wrestling coordinator, Keith Tolentino.

“We’re going to have weigh INS at 7a.m. on Sunday and then go straight through with the matches, without any breaks,” Tolentino said.

After day one of the HHSAA Champions there were eleven BIIF wrestlers advancing to the semi finals.

Following are the girl’s team standings after opening day trials:

HHSAA Wrestling Championships Girls Standings

1 KAH Kahuku 76.0
2 PUN Punahou 59.0
3 PEC Pearl City 58.5
4 KSK Kam.-Oahu    56.0
5 AIE Aiea 50.0
6 KSH Kam-Hawaii 45.0
7 LAH Lahainaluna 36.0
8 KON Konawaena 31.5
9 CAM Campbell 26.0
10 ROS Roosevelt 24.0
11 IOL Iolani 23.0
12 MOL Molokai 21.5
13 RAD Radford 21.0
14 KEA Kealakehe 19.0
15 KLN Kalani 18.0
15 KPO Kapolei 18.0
17 MOA Moanalua 16.0
18 FAR Farrington 14.0
18 HON Honokaa 14.0
20 MAU Maui 13.0
21 MCK McKinley 12.0
22 HAN Hana 11.0
23 PBA Pacific Buddhist 10.0
23 PRI S.A. Priory 10.0
25 MIL Mililani 9.0
25 WAK Waiakea 9.0
27 BAL Baldwin 7.0
27 HBA HI Baptist 7.0
27 KIL Kailua 7.0
27 WAN Waianae 7.0
31 KLH Kalaheo 6.0
32 HPA HI Prep 5.0
32 KAS Kaiser 5.0
32 KIN King Kekaulike 5.0
32 LEI Leilehua 5.0
32 UHS University 5.0
37 LAN Lanai 4.0
38 CAS Castle 3.0
38 KAU Ka`u 3.0
38 KSM Kam.-Maui 3.0
38 SHA Sacred Hearts 3.0
42 HIL Hilo 0.0
42 KEU Keaau 0.0
42 MPI Mid Pacific 0.0
42 STF St. Francis 0.0
42 WAP Waipahu 0.0

February 27, 2010 Posted by | Wrestling | , , , | Leave a comment

Eleven BIIF Wrestlers Advance to Semi’s at HHSAA

Kamehameha's Nalu Souza, 120, advances to semi finals

   Big Island wrestlers fared well in day one of the Hawaii High School Athletic Association wrestling championships held Friday at the Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu to advance into Saturday’s semi-finals.

   Kamehameha-Keaau advanced a total of five wrestlers, Konawaena four, Waiakea one and Hawaii Prep had one.

   For the boys it was Kona’s Sage Aoki, 108, and Jimmy Romualdo, 135, along with Kamehameha’s Nalu Souza, 120, and HPA’s Keoni Colson making it into Saturday’s semis.

   For the girls Kamehameha Meghan Aina, 98, Jenna Aina, 114, Rustee-Ann Johansen, 130 and Kaopua Sutton, 175, along with Waiakea’s Tracey Poch, 155, and Kona’s Tamalei Louis, 125, and Alexandra Aoki, 103, make the semis.

   All eleven wrestlers are the Big Island Interscholastic Federation individual champions for their respective weight class.

  Alexandra Aoki was the BIIF highest state finisher last year finishing with a second place medal. 

  The big surprise was Honokaa’s Geo Chavez-Pardini, 160, who dropped his opening match during the trials and now needs to work his way through the consolation bracket in order to medal in the top six.

February 26, 2010 Posted by | Wrestling | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

BIIF Wrestlers looking for ‘Big Fish to Fry’ at HHSAA

Kona's top wrestlers, Sage and Alexandra Aoki. Photo by CSUAINAJR

   If Kamehameha coach Marlon Miller has his way the Warriors will be frying some big fish this weekend.

   Miller will be taking eight girls from his Big Island Interscholastic Federation wrestling championship team to Honolulu this weekend for the Hawaii High School Athletic Association state championships.

     “I’ve been telling my girls all season long that we have bigger fish to fry and that our focus should be on doing well at the state championships,” Miller said.

Kaopua Sutton

   Included in his eight girl squad will be three BIIF individual champions in Megan Aina, 98, Rustee-Ann Johansen, 130, and Kaopua Sutton in the 175 weight division. 

   “We need to try to break the strangle hold that Oahu teams have over the rest of the state,” Miller said.  “We might not be able to do it this year (win a team title) but with the girls we have coming back, next year is a definite possibility.”

   A total of seventy-five BIIF wrestlers are heading to Honolulu for HHSAA wrestling championships to be held on Feb. 26 and 27 at the Blaisdell Arena.

   The HHSAA has hosted the championships starting with the boys in 1966, and added girls wrestling in 1998. 

   Despite the long history of competitive state wrestling, no neighbor island school has ever won the team championships for either gender.

   The Punahou boys return to the mat as the three time defending team champions and the Buff’n Blue are the defending champions for the girls.

   “We’re hoping we can break into the top 10 teams at states,” Miller said.  “Last year was our girl’s best finish at 12th and this year we’d also like to be able to finish higher than Kamehameha-Oahu.”

    Regardless of the distinct team disadvantages the BIIF will showcase four returning medalist to the Blaisdell in hopes of bring home a gold medal.

   Leading the way is Konawaena’s Alexandra Aoki, a four time BIIF champion at 103 pounds.  Aoki has gone more than three years without a league loss and last year the Wildcat made it into the championship finals and came away with a silver medal.

   “My goal going into states is the same that I have whenever I wrestle,” Aoki said.  “That is to try my hardest in every match.  Of course I’d like to win it all (individual state title), but I need to take it all one step at a time.”

    Since winning the 103 class at the BIIF championships on Feb. 13 Aoki has continued to practice every day with her team and has increased her training intensity during the past weekend.

   “We drove over to Hilo this past Friday so that I could wrestle with Megan and Jenna Aina from Kamehameha,” Aoki said.  “Then on Saturday our team went to Kealakehe to wrestle with their girls headed to states.”

    Last year, during the state championships, Aoki upset the No. 1 seed, Iolani’s Keiko Akamine, during the semi finals by a score of 6-3.  In the finals Aoki dropped the title match, 8-2, to Kamehameha-Maui’s Malia Mederios.  Both Akamine and Mederios have since graduated leaving Aoki as the girl to beat this year.

  During the 2008 and ’09 state championships BIIF girls were blanked out of winning gold as the last league state champion was Kealakehe’s Renee Michell who won at the HHSAA individual title in 2007.

   Another serious contender for making this year’s finals is Kamehameha’s Megan Aina in the 98 weight class.

   Aina is a two time defending BIIF champion and last year, as a freshmen, managed to grab a sixth place medal at state.

Geo Chavez-Pardini

The boys gold medal hopes rest with Honokaa’s Geo Chavez-Pardini a junior who has never lost a BIIF match.

   Chavez-Pardini won the BIIF 145 weight class as a freshman, the 152 class as a sophomore and this year took the 160 division while going undefeated in the league all three years.

   The Honokaa standout finished third in the state last year at 152 and has high hopes of making into the championship finals this year.

   Chavez-Pardini believes that his stiffest opponent in the BIIF has been Hawaii Prep’s Keoni Colson and he may be right.  Colson took fifth in the state last season in the 145 division and this year has gone undefeated in league matches at 152.

   Waiakea’s Ryan Higa and Kealakehe’s Brandown Santiago were that last BIIF boys to win individual gold medals during the 2008 HHSAA championships.

February 26, 2010 Posted by | Wrestling | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment