Hawaii’s Aukai Woode Wrestles To Two Division Wins At California Cosmic Bash


Hawaii’s Aukai Woode won two divisions at the California Cosmic Bash wrestling tournament at the Roebbelen Center in Roseville, California, on Oct. 29.

Woode wrestled to victories in 9U 49 pounds and 10U 49.

Two other Hawaii wrestlers, Jett Seson and Joel Pelen, came away with second- and third-place finishes.

Seson took second place in 8U 54 and third in 8U 50, and Pelen earned second in 11U 78 and third in 10U 77.

Another Hawaii boy, Keone Kaleikini, placed fourth in 10U 61.

All four wrestle for the Golden Back Wrestling Club.

Hawaii boys placing in the top four at the California Cosmic Bash were Keone Kaleikini, Aukai Woode, Jett Seson and Joel Pelen.

Results of the four Hawaii wrestlers in those divisions follow.

AUKAI WOODE, champion 10U 49-pound round-robin:
>> def. Bronze Withem Jr. (California), fall, 0:37
>> def. Nathan Diaz-Flores (Oregon), fall, 2:54

AUKAI WOODE, champion 9U 49-pound round-robin:
>> def. Mason Maughan (Washington), fall, 2:11
>> def. N. Diaz-Flores (Oregon), fall, 0:53

JETT SESON, second place 8U 54 pound round-robin
>> lost to Maxwell Ellis (California), 9-7
>> def. Ezequiel Gutierrez (California), 6-4
>> def. Ava Harris (Oregon), fall, 2:35

JETT SESON, third place 8U 50 pounds:
>> Quarterfinal: def. Adriel Flores (Oregon), 4-3
>> Semifinal: def. Waylan Valice (California), major decision, 10-0
>> Final: lost to Nathan Beckham (California), 5-2
>> Second-place match: lost to Mason Maughan (Washington), 6-0

JOEL PELEN, second place, 11U 78 pounds:
>> Quarterfinal: def. Joshua Garcia (California), major decision, 11-2
>> Semifinal: def. John Escarla (California), fall, 0:28
>> Final: lost to Jarron Beltran (Arizona), fall, 2:51

JOEL PELEN, third place, 10U 77 pounds:
>> Quarterfinal: def. Atlas Perez (California), 4-2
>> Semifinal: lost to Cameron Hoezee (Oregon), 6-4
>> Third place match: def. Eli Alvarado (California), 6-1

KEONE KALEIKINI, fourth place 10U 61 pounds
>> Quarterfinal: lost to Ari Sobaje (California), major decision, 15-1
>> Consolation: def. Andrew Romero (California), 6-2
>> Consolation: def. Koa Cu (California), major decision, 16-3
>> Third place match: lost to Landon Caro (Washington) , fall, 1:40


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