Matthew Tamanaha to wrestle for Western State Colorado

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    Matthew Tamanaha stops for a photo Wednesday at Kauai High School.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island file

    In this Feb. 3 photo, Kauai’s Matthew Tamanaha takes down Kauai’s Jaiden Ogata during a boys 136-pound match during the KIF wrestling championships at the Clem Gomes Gym in Waimea.

  • Photo courtesy Mac Pigott

    From left: Naikoa Simao, Mac Pigott and Matt Tamanaha stop for a photo during the USA Wresting Junior Nationals wrestling tournament in Fargo, N.D., in this July photo. Tamanaha is a Kauai High School graduate. Simao is a Hanapepe native and formerly of Waimea High School who now attends Leilehua High School on Oahu.

  • Photo courtesy Matthew Tamanaha

    Kauai High School’s Matthew Tamanaha, front row right, stops for a photo as he signs his letter of intent to Western State Colorado University in November. Also pictured: Kauai High School wrestling coach Paul La Blanc, KIF wrestling director Mac Pigott, Reid Tamanaha and Lorraine Tamanaha.

LIHUE — Kauai High School graduate Matthew Tamanaha perhaps doesn’t have as long a wrestling career as those he will be facing at the collegiate level.