Boys and Girls Wrestling take state championships


photo courtesy Steven Erler, Special to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Junior Isabelle Asuncion (in blue) won in the 117-pound division.

Na Hoku staff

The Moanalua High School Boys and Girls wrestling teams threw their all on the mat last weekend and pinned down the Texaco/Hawaii High School Athletic Association State Championships at the Neal Blaisdell Arena.

Senior Blaze Sumiye defeated the Kamehameha Schools opponent to claim the 160-pound division crown. His last win was in 2020 in the 145-pound division. There was no tournament last year.

The Moanalua boys, who totaled 222.5 points over second-place team Kamehameha at 167, won the state title with the help of three other teammates: senior Karter Nitahara (182 pounds) and freshmen Tyger Taam (132 pounds) and Joseph Lathwood (120 pounds).

The boys were helped by the other finishers: junior Joshua Estabilio (3rd, 113 pounds), senior Joshua Lewandowski (4th, 145 pounds), and senior Christian Jacob (6th, 152 pounds).

The girls team also proved dominant, winning the team title with 232 points over Kamehameha as well (184.5 points).  Senior Jayden Crisostomo is the state champion in the 168-pound division, while senior Madison Kalamau (107) and junior Isabelle Asuncion (117) placed first in their respective weight classes.

They were supported by a long list of Moanalua girls: senior Sage Beltran (3rd, 97 pounds), junior Kayla Shota (5th, 102 pounds), junior Hailey Perez (3rd, 112 pounds), freshman Laylee Pasion (6th, 122 pounds), senior Reese Nishida-Hokoana (6th, 132 pounds), freshman Nohilani Kukonu (5th, 135 pounds), senior Taryn Titcomb (4th, 155 pounds), and junior Jasmine Adiniwin (2nd, 184 pounds).