PUHI — The first tournament of the Kauai Interscholastic Federation wrestling season took place Saturday at Island School.
Twenty-two boys and 17 girls representing all four KIF schools competed in 47 matches across 14 brackets.
“The wrestling was so vastly improved from our last Kauai meet six weeks ago,” said Kauai coach Paul Shindell. “These kids keep learning and improving. I was so excited to see Adrianne Quetula and Janessa Llego-Finney get their first ever wrestling wins. Coby Lawrence and Sarai Valdez looked better than ever and went undefeated today.”
Many of the familiar faces were back on the mat. Seniors and four-year KIF wrestlers Braeden Jensen of Kapaa and Corey Agena of Waimea dominated their respective brackets.
Many new faces, including freshmen Coby Lawrence of Kauai and Ashlyn Agena of Waimea, wrestled well, too.
“We are excited for the KIF season. It looks like there are going to be a lot of good match ups this season,” said Kapaa coach Jess Jensen. “During the first tournament, our kids performed well. But as always, you leave seeing things to work on for next week. We are looking forward to tournament No. 2 at Kapaa next week.”
Waimea coach CJ Threat added: “We had a good day wrestling. Very proud of our team. We still have plenty of thing to work on. But compared to November, we have made steadily made improvements.”
112 pounds: 1. Ashlyn Agena (Waimea); 2. Shaelin Manibog (Kauai)
122 pounds: 1. Jordyn Kahananui (Kauai); 2. Janessa Llego-Finney (Kauai); 3. Kaya Akana (Waimea)
127 pounds: 1. Ini Marshall (Kapaa); 2. Anna Malia Santos (Kapaa); 3. Danielle Santos (Kapaa)
138 pounds: 1. Tessa Jensen (Kapaa); 2. Olivia Kelekoma (Kapaa)
145 pounds: 1. Inana Lowry (Kapaa); 2. Halle Sakai (Kauai); 3. Audrey Warner (Island)
155 pounds: 1. Jolette Miner-Ho (Kapaa); 2. Alana Takata (Kauai)
113 pounds: 1.Coby Lawrence (Kauai); 2. Kylen Aana (Waimea)
120 pounds: 1. Mason Stoll-Tolentino (Kauai); 2. Jeremiah Fukushima (Kauai)
132 pounds: 1. Michael Anderson (Kapaa); 2. Kaz Espina (Kapaa)
138 pounds: 1. Corey Agena (Waimea); 2. Jaiden Ogata (Kauai)
152 pounds: 1. Braeden Jensen (Kapaa); 2. Lowen Matsusaka (Kauai); 3. Makena Holt (Kauai)
160 pounds: 1. Bryan Ingeniero (Waimea); 2. AB Tolena (Kapaa)
220 pounds: 1. Malachi Sacramento (Kapaa); 2. Cody Artaho (Waimea); 3. Jamie Mararagan (Waimea)
285 pounds: 1. Roger Delacruz (Waimea); 2. Samuel Sapien (Kapaa)