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Lahaina Roughnecks are AAU champs

By Staff | May 27, 2010

Blake Ball (left) of the Napili Surfriders battled L.J. Rimillard of Punahou at the tournament. Photo by LanakilaPhotos.com.

LAHAINA — It is no small wonder here on Maui that the Lahainaluna High School wrestling program — with five consecutive Maui Interscholastic League championships and five top five finishes at the state championships — is regarded as one of the top in the state.

That fact was underscored two weeks ago as the feeder programs for Luna wrestling, the Lahaina Roughnecks and the Napili Surfriders, both completed successful seasons within Maui Style Wrestling and Hawaii AAU Wrestling.

The Roughnecks took down their second straight State AAU title by edging Molokai in total points 83-81 at the competition at Lahaina Civic Center on May 15.

Meanwhile, the Surfriders battled their way to 50 points to nail down sixth place overall.

Coach Conrad Bolor’s Lahaina wrestlers were led by ten gold medal winners, including Bantam Division 53-pound champion Liam Chandli; Aki-Boy Miyamoto, Midget 90 pounds; Izzak Domingo, Novice 75; Christian Balagso, Schoolboy 95; Noe Ramirez, Schoolboy 150; Justin Bishop-Tinao, Schoolboy 160; Hercules Mata‘afa, Schoolboy 170; Ho‘o Cabanilla, Schoolboy 185; Wayne Alibin, Schoolboy 200; Christian Carbajal, High School 110; and Holden Mowat, High School 155.

For coach Doug Wyckoff’s Surfriders, the state champions were Reeno Pascual, Midget 100; Thomas St. John, Schoolboy 115; Harry Jaramillo, Schoolboy 120; Wyatt Chism, Schoolboy 110; Blake Ball, High School 160; Jaret-Levi Nahooikaika, High School 190; and Dustin Smith, Open 140.

Coach Wyckoff pointed out that the Napili and Lahaina programs combined attracted upwards of 100 youth wrestlers for the 2010 season, and this certainly bodes well for the future of Lahainaluna wrestling.

He continued by thanking the community, especially the parents, for their continued support of the programs.

Coach Conrad also thanked the Lahaina community for their support of the Roughnecks and paid special tribute to Ann and Steve Marugaki for their tireless work in running the concession stand at the event.

“They really took care of that end of the organization for us. We really couldn’t have pulled this off without them,” he concluded.