Sakai, Kauai take tournament honors

KAPAA — Injuries and the cold bug plagued the Kauai Interscholastic Field resulting in a smaller tournament Saturday, hosted by Kapaa High School at the Bernice Hundley Gym.

The reasons for the smaller tournament also impacted the audience which included the Kapaa High School cheerleaders taking the floor for exhibition presentations during the breaks that took place, mandated by the minimum time between matches.

Sixteen boys and 10 girls weighed in and worked through two dozen matches, down from the 17 boys and 15 girls who grappled in 33 matches, last week.

Kauai High School topped the winners listing with two top finishes in the four girls’ weight classes and two top finishes in the boys’ six weight classes, being matched by Waimea whose Corey Agena and Andrew Evans continued to pick up wins in their respective weight classes. Kauai’s Sarai Valdez and Halle Sakai, a defending champion from 2016, topped the girl grapplers.

The next KIF wrestling match moves to Waimea High School, Saturday with a dual meet format, starting at noon.


102 pounds girls: Sarai Valdez (Kau), Shaelin Manibog (Kau)

117 pounds girls: Danielle Santos (Kap), Kaya Akana (Wai), Rhea Michelle Gambeng (Kau)

127 pounds girls: Anna Malia Santos (Kap), Shanaya Marshall (Kap)

138 pounds girls: Halle Sakai (Kau), Tessa Jensen (Kap)

113 pounds boys: Mason Stoll Tolentino (Kau), Marcus Charles (IS), Kaz Espina (Kap)

126 pounds boys: Corey Agena (Wai), Michael John Anderson (Kap)

138 pounds boys: Lowen Matsusaka (Kau), Naikoa Simao (Wai), Noah Espanto (Wai)

145 pounds boys: Ryan Joel (Kap)

170 pounds boys: Braeden Jensen (Kap), Chasen Alayvilla (Kau), Yongkang Lin (Kau)

195 pounds boys: Andrew Evans (Wai), Benjamin Sommer (Kau), Dustin Rasay (Kau)


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