Eastside rules the mat

LIHU’E — The boys and girls in green, also known as Eastside, controlled the third Kaua’i Police Activities League (K-PAL) tri-meet, with seven wins out of the 13 matches, last night at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School.

Coaches Paul Zina (westside), Larry Richardson (eastside), Sam Willis and Mike Thompson (central) brought an array of talent to the mats in Lihu’e for hard-fought matches, which usually ended up being decided by only a couple of points.

“It’s grown from one to three teams since the first year. The kids are looking better and we should have more kids next year,” K-PAL Wrestling director Mark Ozaki said.

There are two more tri-meets, which commence at 6 p.m. at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School on the next two Thursdays, April 13 and April 20.

The island championships wrestles its way to April 30 and the team with the best average heads to states on Maui.

“We started out just going with the team with the most wins to head to states, but the kids on the westside are bigger and the kids on the eastside are smaller, so it wouldn’t be fair, so we decided to go with the best team average and it’s worked out so far,” Ozaki said.

Winners from last night’s meet include Macyn Nagao (central), Riley Young (eastside), Ikaika Ki’ilau (eastside), Shain Davis (eastside), Richard Kaui (eastside), Thomas Yam (eastside), Matt Jimenez (westside), Gage Gusman (central), Ekolu Yam (eastside), Blaz Gusman (central), Kyle Gusman (central), and Aaron Sears (westside).

The event’s referee was Tom Perry.

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