Fargo, ND (July 18, 2019) - Team Hawaii junior women wrestlers led the nation with 4 girls in the finals at the USMC/USAW Junior Nationals in Fargo, ND. Tiare Ikei, Nanea Estrella, Lana Perez and Kelani Corbett led Team Hawaii to a 4th place finish in the team standings among 43 states. Out of the 594 participants, Hawaii had only 13 girls in the Junior Women division. The top 3 teams had triple the number of wrestlers with Washington (36 girls) taking home the team trophy with 65 pts, California (65 girls) in second with 53 pts and Texas (53 girls) finished in 3rd with 44 pts just edging out Team Hawaii with 40 pts.
Tiare Ikei and Kelani Corbett claimed Junior National Titles in dominant fashion. Ikei won the 117# division defeating all 6 of her opponents by technical superiority or fall including a first period fall in her finals match against 2019 U16 National Champion Jennifer Soto of California. Corbett also went undefeated 5-0 claiming the 180# division with 2 falls along the way and an uncontested 8-0 score in the finals against #1 ranked Elisa Robinson of Kansas.
Four other junior women wrestlers finished the tournament with All-American Honors Nanea Estrella (2nd @ 122#), Lana Perez (2nd @ 127#), Waipuilani Beauchamp (3rd @ 127#), Emily Paulino (5th @ 122#, 3rd in U16 122#). Also representing Team Hawaii Kennedy Javier (100#), Brianna Funakoshi (106#), Kaycie Tanimoto (106#), Rita Morales (117#), Tiare Carlson (132#), Jahnea Miguel (138#), Jamie Grilho (144#) and Shayna Kamaka (164# U16).
Team Hawaii also has 14 boys competing Mason Stefanelli (106# U16), Brayden Spain (106#), Coby Ravida (113#), Elijah Asuncion (120#), Branson Magsayo (120#), Brant Porter (120#), Matt Sugiki (126#), Kahilihiwa Joy (126# U16), Makoa Goeas (126# U16), Caleb Shimaoka (132#), Ansen Ursua (132#), Andrew Jung (152#), Darius Mynar (195#), Pontus Thiravong (220#). Overseeing all 28 young men & women were the Team Hawaii volunteer coaching staff of Kevin Corbett, Kuu Robinson, John Robinson, Kevin Grant, Warren Miguel, Chris Stefanelli, Tehani Carlson, Alex Ursua and Dave Watase.
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