Molokai Wrestlers Compete in Garner Ivey Invitational
The Molokai High School Boys and Girls wrestling teams competed in the Garner Ivey Invitational last weekend at War Memorial Gymnasium in Kahului, Maui. This prestigious tournament has wrestlers from all over the state, and is a preview for many wrestlers who will compete in the state tournament in February.
“Overall the team did well. It was a great opportunity early in the season to see the areas that we need to work on,” Head Coach Randy Manley said. “We had five wrestlers enter the finals and two came out as champions. Seniors Caele Manley and Diego Deponte performed exceptionally well and are looking forward to competing on Oahu in the upcoming Officials Tournament at Leileihua High School on the 22nd and 23rd.”
Molokai will take 8 boys to the Officials Tournament later this month and will start MIL competition on Jan. 6 at Baldwin HS. The Molokai community will get to see a home match this season. Farmer Wrestling will be hosting a tournament Jan. 26 and 27. This two-day battle at The Barn will include teams from Lahainaluna, Maui High, Baldwin, King K, Hana, Lanai and Kamehameha Maui.
Top finishers for Molokai:
Popo Lalim-Rillon 106 lbs – 4th place
Caele Manley 152 lbs – 1st place
Diego Deponte 170 lbs – 1st place
Rayden Dekneef 170 lbs. – 4th place
Kamahina Kaiama-Kanuha 127 lbs – 6th place
Katylin Naeole 127 lbs – 5th place
Kelsey Bicoy-Juario – 132 lbs – 2nd place
Taye Mowat – 145 lbs – 6th place
Sunni Chow – 155 lbs – 2nd place
Luhi Pedro – 225 lbs – 4th place
Martika English – 225 lbs – 2nd place