Six BIIF wrestlers into HHSAA state semifinals
Konawaena’s Tanalei Louis and Justin Raymond, Hilo’s Kaylan Kanakanui, Waiakea’s Jasmine Iuta, Kamehameha-Hawaii’s Welina Tong and Kealakehe’s Wade Booth advanced to the semifinals of the Hawaii High School Athletic Association state wrestling tournament Friday at Oahu’s Neal Blaisdell Center.
The tournament resumes today at Blaisdell Center, with the semifinals scheduled for 10 a.m. and the finals set for 4:30 p.m.
Louis, a four-time Big Island Interscholastic Federation champion who enjoyed a first-round bye in the girls 135-pound weight class, pinned Campbell’s Khrysten Taylor-Gameng in 41 seconds.
Iuta (155 pounds) had a similar state tournament draw, pinning Lahainaluna’s Karina Arroyo-Haro in 3:26 after getting a first-round bye.
At 140 pounds, Kanakanui pinned McKinley’s Aesha McKenzie before decisioning Radford’s Courtney Castillo 6-0.
Tong, a two-time BIIF champion at 175 pounds, pinned Kahuku’s Noelle Auelua (44 seconds) and Saint Francis’ Aulii Young (3:59) while competing in the same weight class on Friday.
In boys competition, the Wildcats’ Raymond, a three-time league champ at 114 pounds, major decisioned Pearl City’s Baylen Cooper before pinning Punahou’s Sean Urabe.
At 130 pounds, Booth beat Kapolei’s Chauncey Kano 5-2, then decisioned King Kekaulike’s Curtis Palmeira 6-3.
Kai Ehitu meeting Sunday in Kailua-Kona
Kai Ehitu Canoe Club will hold its annual general meeting from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday near the Makaeo Walking/Jogging Path in Old Kona Airport Park.
For more information, call 315-9944.
From local sources