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Wrestlers Compete in 2 Tournaments

The Molokai Boys and Girls Wrestling teams were in action last weekend on Oahu and Maui. Head Coach Randy Manley said a majority of the girls’ team participated in the Pa`ani Challenge this past week on Oahu, while the boys’ team and remaining girls traveled to Baldwin for a round-robin tournament.

Girls’ results from the prestigious Pa`ani Challenge were strong, according to Manley.

“The girls finished the Pa`ani Challenge with a mixed bag of results,” he said. “This is the largest high school girl’s wrestling tournament in the country. There were over 330 girls from across the state.”

Keeya Bicoy (122 lbs) and Chae`nel Deluna (132) both finished first in their weight classes, while Maile Ka’ahanui (145) and Sunni Chow (155) finished second, and Ale`a Davis (102) finished third. Fifteen Molokai girls competed total, with others finishing in fourth, fifth and sixth places in their divisions.

The Maui Interscholastic League’s round-robin tournament was held at Baldwin’s Jon Garcia Gym.

“This was our first regular season tournament for the MIL,” said Manley. “We will have three more tournaments before the MIL championships on Feb. 3. Overall our kids did well at Baldwin but we know that we have some important adjustments to make over the next several weeks. A major disappointment for our team took place when freshman, Isaiah Wond, broke his arm in his very first match. It was an unfortunate accident that will end his season.”

Caele Manley (152 lbs) and Diego Deponte (160) both finished in first place, while Jayse Lalim-Rillion (106) finished in second and Napana Keoho (170) finished in third.

Molokai Wrestling will travel to Maui High School this Saturday for another round robin tournament.

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