MIL Titles for Wrestlers

By The Molokai Dispatch Staff

Photos by Jason Hayase.

Molokai wrestlers came out on top in the Maui Interscholastic League Championships last weekend, with two Farmers bringing home championship medals and others taking high honors on the mat. 

“We had two champs — Barbara Simon at 112 pounds and Leo Kalipi at 220,” said Head Coach Randy Manley. “We had four runners up: Hezekiah Horner 152, Clarence Horner at 160, Stephanie Gadeza at 155, and Masina Phillips at 168.”

The team had 11 athletes qualify for the upcoming state tournament, with both boys and girls teams taking third place overall at MILs. 

Along with Simon and Kalipi, Austin Kaalekahi at 106 pounds, Mana Kanuha at 138, Kuulei Simon at 127, Elisha Horner at 182 and Heno Kalama at 195 will also be competing at the state level. 

“Our kids improved and did what they needed to do today,” said Manley of the MIL event. “Some of them beat opponents that they have not beat all season. The coaches are happy with the overall performance and look forward to the state tournament this week.”


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