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Hawaii Wrestlers Evan Kusumoto, Tristan Nitta, Valynn Kwan And Hunter Berger Win At Freak Show In Las Vegas


Many of the top high school and youth wrestlers in the country’s western-most states descended on Las Vegas last weekend for the Freak Show wrestling tournament, and four from Hawaii came out on top in their folkstyle divisions — Evan Kusumoto, Tristan Nitta, Valynn Kwan and Hunter Berger.

Kusumoto, the reigning 106-pound Hawaii high school state champion with Kamehameha, won the Freak Show’s 18-and-under 113-pound class.

Nitta, a second-place state finisher at 102 pounds at states for Mililani in the spring, captured the 18-and-under 101-pound division.

Kwan, a third-place state finisher at 138 pounds at states for Mid-Pacific, took the 18-and-under 130-pound championship.

Berger, of Honolulu and a freshman at Saint Louis, won the 18-and-under 106-pound title.

Evan Kusumoto.
Tristan Nitta.
Valynn Kwan (center).

In addition, five others from Hawaii placed second at the Freak Show in their divisions:

>> Catherine Asami (state champion at 184 pounds for Lahainaluna) in the 18-and-under 175-pound class

>> Taydem Uyemura (second-place finisher at 122 pounds at states for Pearl City) in the 18-and-under 123-pound class

>> Crystal-Dior Treu (third-place finisher atn122 pounds at states for Lahainaluna) in the 18-and-under 136-pound division

>> Malie Vickery-Mafi of Hil0 in the 15-and-under 145-pound class

>> Miles Uyemura of Pearl City in the 12-and-under 98-pound division

The Four Hawaii Champions (And Results)

EVAN KUSUMOTO (18-and-under 113 pounds)

Honolulu Wrestling Club

>> Championship match: def. Benjamin Ruiz (California), 3-2
>> Semifinal: def. Isaiah Sisneros (Colorad0), 9-3
>> Quarterfinal: def. Matthew Orbeta (California), major decision, 9-1
>> Round of 16: def. Jose Quinteros (California), major decision, 16-3
>> Round of 32: def. Logan Robison (California), technical fall, 17-2


TRISTAN NITTA (18-and-under 101 pounds)

Hawaii Wrestling Academy

>> Championship match: def. Monee Cordeiro (Arizona), fall, 2:18
>> Semifinal: def. Raquel Garcia (California), 4-1
>> Quarterfinal: def. Naiomi Kalukulualani-Sales (Lahaina, Maui), 4-2 sudden victory
>> Round of 16: def. Destiny Moreno (California), 4-0
>> Round of 32: def. Ashley Dumas (California), fall, 3:38


VALYNN KWAN (18-and-under 130 pounds)

Grapplers Hawaii

>> Championship match: def. Kayden Boyd (California), 5-0
>> Semifinal: Candyce Cortez (California), 6-0
>> Quarterfinal: Zitlali Sarmiento (California), 6-0
>> Round of 16: Kera Finnigan (California), fall, 0:57
>> Round of 32: Yesenia Perez (California), fall, 0:44
>> Round of 64: Bella Arsenault (California), fall, 0:29


HUNTER BERGER (18-and-under 106 pounds)

Golden Back Wrestling

> Championship match: def. Eduardo Sandoval (California), 8-5
>> Semifinal: def. Matthew Krawczenko (Arizona), 7-3
>> Quarterfinal: def. Brody Townsend (Arizona), 7-5
>> Round of 16: def. Breyton Banks (Utah), 9-3
>> Round of 32: def. Logan Hansen (California), major decision, 10-0
>> Round of 64: def. Garen Kashishian (Calfifornia), fall, 0:52


The Five Hawaii Runners-Up (And Results)

(Semifinal and final results only)

TAYDEM UYEMURA (18-and-under 123 pounds)

Team Honey Badgers

>> Semifinal: def. Lauren Zaragoza (California), fall, 4:04
>> Final: lost to Alyssa Randles (Idaho), major decision, 10-0


CRYSTIN-DIOR TREU (18-and-under 136 pounds)

Lahaina Wrestling Club

>> Semifinal: def. Taydem Bylin (Washington), fall, 2:20
>> Final: lost to Gianna DiBenedetto (California), fall, 1:46

CATHERINE ASAMI (18-and-under 175 pounds)

Lahaina Wrestling Club

>> Semifinal: def. Eva Garcia (California), fall, 1:12
>> Final: lost to Emma Villa (Washingt0n), fall, 3;53

MALIE VICKERY-MAFI (15-and-under 145 pounds)

FCA Wrestling Hawaii

>> Semifinal: def. Hayden Smith (Kapolei), fall, 1:46
>> Final: lost to Morgan Lucio (Arizona), 7-1

MILES UYEMURA (12-and-under 98 pounds)

Team Honey Badgers

>> Semifinal: def. Austin Schield (California), 4-0
>> Final: lost to Shane Ostermiller (Alaska), fall, 3:38





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