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Waiakea Wrestling Coaches trying to fly under the Radar

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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.


January 24, 2012 Posted by | Running on the Big Island, Wrestling | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Kohala Wrestlers making a impact on the mat during BIIF season

Coach Obrey

Cowboys were riding tall when they took to the mat in the Waiakea Gym on Saturday.

Kohala brought only three boys to compete in the all schools Big Island Interscholastic Federation wrestling meet and all three made an instant impact winning key matches in the two day tournament.

 “With our lack of facilities we only get to spend five hours of practice time on the mat each week when we should be working out for ten hours,” Cowboy Coach Travis Obrey said.  “We only brought three boys to Waiakea today and all three did a great job for us.”


Leading the way on the mat for Kohala was a real Cowboy, Harry “Cowboy” Auweloa.

My nickname on the team is “Cowboy” because I’m a rancher who grew up on a ranch,” Auweloa said.

This season Auweloa is a perfect 10 – 0 and at Waiakea he continued his domination in the 160 pound weight class by winning three matches, all by pin.

“Cowboy’s” strength comes with his take downs, speed and his upper body.

“I still need to work on my trying to get off the bottom,” he said.   “I need to do a better job getting out and up onto my feet.  In this sport it’s all up to me as once I’m on the mat I have no one to depend upon.”


Kohala senior Kevin Cadaos wrestled in the 189 division and came away with a 2-2 mark winning his first match by a head and arm technique and the other in a cradle move.

“The cradle is my favorite move because it is the easiest to get someone down to the ground,” Cadaos said.  “It’s during my standing position that I still need lots of work.”

According to Cadaos the best part of wrestling is the feeling he gets when the referee raises his hand to signify a victory.


Kohala junior Rael Victorino had a 2-2 day in just his first season as a wrestler.

“I’m still learning this sport and I have a lot more to learn,” Victorino said. 

Victorino in the 145 weight class won both his matches by pin and lost both his matches on points.

“The more matches I get the better I become,” the newbie wrestler said.  “I like the challenge this sport provides and I want to learn more to improve.”

Hawaii Preparatory Academy’s Cannon Greco Hiranaka continued his winning ways by going 3-0 over the weekend to bring his season record to a perfect 9-0 in the 145 division.

 “Two of my three wins came by pin,” Hiranaka said, “and the other win came on an 11-9 decision.”

 Laupahoehoe’s Aaron Kvenild finished 2-1 with his only loss coming at the hands of Kohala’s ‘Cowboy.’

 “I took second place in the 160 weight class today,” Kvenild said.  “I’m getting in good conditioning which is going to help me through the long season.”

Kainoe Lee

For the girls it was Hilo’s Kainoe Lee weighing in two pounds heavier than her normal 155 division to be bumped up to the 175 class.

 Despite the 20 pound difference Lee won all three of her matches, two by pin and the other on points.

“I need to work on my cardio,” Lee said.  “The match I won on points I should have won by pin but I just ran out of gas.”

Lee found herself struggling in her first match and she admits that she lacks the endurance if a match goes the distance.

 “I like using the single leg approach in getting my opponents off their feet,” Lee said.  “I like my coach and I like my team, but I need to be in control of my matches to be a better wrestler.”

Jadeen Brown

Pahoa’s first year wrestler, Jadeen Brown had a long match against Konawaena’s Breeann Fujina winning in the third period by pin.

 “I came out for wrestling because I liked watching it on TV,” Brown said.  “I like this much better because there are no punches and it comes down to strength.”

 Brown and Fujina competed in the heavyweight division of 220 and Brown used her strength in the final seconds to finish the match.

“I put her in a half and then lunged and pressed all my weight on her for the pin,” Brown said.  “I’m still learning a few moves and used them today in my matches.  I enjoyed all the cheering from the audience and my family was here to watch.”

Tanalei Louis

One of the most experienced ladies to take to the mat was Waiakea’s Tanalei Louis in the 130 division.  Louis is the state runner up and the BIIF defending champion in the 125 division.

“I was 5-0 at Waiakea and I’m 8-0 on the season,” Louis said.  “I won four of my matches today by pin and the fifth was by a 9-0 score.”

 Louis, already a talented wrestler, keeps improving with the season as her confidence begins to build.

 “I’ve been doing a lot of training and drills this past week and during my matches I was taking more shots,” Louis said.  “I still need to work on my technique as I feel I am still a bit rusty.”

 Louis bumped up a weight class for the Waiakea Tournament, but insists that she will defend her BIIF title at 125.

 “I’m just looking to get more matches and have good competition, but 125 is where I will be when the BIIF and State championships happen,” she said.

 Waiakea Coach Stan Haraguchi and his crew did an outstanding job hosting the Warrior two day tournament.

 The BIIF wrestling season takes a break during the holidays and will return to the mat with an all schools meet at Konawaena on January 7.

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December 20, 2011 Posted by | Wrestling | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

BIIF Wrestling continues with an all schools meet on Saturday at Waiakea

Click any photo to enlarge.  Photos from left to right are Kamehameha coaches, Jason Roland in the 152 weight division and Kona coach Merrick Nishimoto with Aimee Shiraki.

Waiakea with host coaches, Stan Haraguchi and Preston Sato, holds an all schools meet on Saturday, Dec 17, starting at 9am

December 16, 2011 Posted by | Wrestling | , , , , , | Leave a comment