Insight, News, and Opinion by Nick Abramo
  • August 17, 2022
Kamehameha’s Rylie Nishida Sets National Powerlifting Record


Rylie Nishida is a Kamehameha champion wrestler heading into her sophomore year, but she tried something new recently and set a national record in her first powerlifting meet.

On June 25, Nishida went to Nanakuli High School to participate in a tournament sanctioned by the U.S. Powerlifting Association.

Rylie Nishida at the USPA tournament in Nanakuli on June 25.

In the Junior Division (age 15) at 123.5 pounds, Nishida deadlifted 277 pounds, which was good enough for the national drug-tested record.

When asked about the accomplishment, Nishida, instead of focusing on herself, made sure that others were recognized for helping her.

“Mahalo to the Mahoe family for all the support (at my) first meet,” Nishida sent via text to Bedrock Sports Hawaii. “Also, the many other lifters, judges and parents that gave their advice and tips, mahalo. I train at home under OTC, Onipa’a Training Center. Mahalo to my OTC family, my mom, dad, brother, sister, the Sekigawas (Kai), the Kaohis (Jaden) and coach Ason. Mahalo to coach Darin at Tactical Strength and Conditioning and coach Kenny at KP Training. They are all a huge part of my training and future goals.”



In February, Nishida won the ILH 139-pound wrestling championship and then placed third in the division at states. Older sister, Reese Nishida of Moanalua High wound up sixth in that same weight class. Twin brother Ramsey Nishida, also a Kamehameha wrestler and ILH champion, placed fifth at states at 170 pounds.



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