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Moanalua Girls Wrestlers Bring Home Walnut Invitational Championship From California


The defending state champion Moanalua girls wrestlers went to California and returned home with the team title from the Nov. 18-19  Walnut Girls Invitational.

Eight Na Menehune girls won matches at the event, including Jasmine Adiniwin, who won the individual 189-pound bracket.

Adiniwin went 4-0, winning all matches by pin, including a victory in the final over Behnaz Agahzadeh of Los Osos in 0:49. She was also named the MVP of the upper weight classes.

Moanalua’s Jasmine Adiniwin won the 189-pound weight class at the Walnut Invitational in California.

Moanalua’s Isabelle Asuncion (116), Kayla Shota (106) and Nohi Kukono (143) went all the way to their championship matches.

Asuncion and Shota both went 4-1 in the tournament and Kukonu went 3-1.

In her title match, Asuncion lost 9-1 to Paloma Valley’s Karissa Turnwall.

Shota lost in her championship match to Anaya Falcon of Walnut by fall in 1:35. Kukonu also lost in her final by fall — to Valley View’s Alexis Jimenez.

Moanalua’s Kayla Shota, right, went 4-1 at the Walnut Invitational. (Image credit: CTM Photographs).

The other Moanalua girls who won at least one match at the competition were Laylee Pasion (2-1 at 126), Zaina Sugni (2-1, 143), Eden Baguio (1-1, 150), Aurianna Pratt (2-1, 189) and Tia Henderson (1-1, 235).

Other Na Mehehune girls who wrestled were Gabby Hayashida and Taegen Escaba (101), Jaeda Haney (106), Kaitlin Fong and Kalani Ramos (111), Kamaile Yasumura (121), Kalei Yasumura (131), and Hemehani Paepule (150).

Of the 14 weight classes, Moanalua coach Sean Sakaida filled all except 137, 160 and 170.

This winter, the Moanalua girls are going for their second straight state title and fourth OIA championship in a row.

Asuncion is the reigning 117-pound state champ and a two-time state placer who finished last season as Bedrock Sports Hawaii’s No. 5 pound-for-pound wrestler.

Adiniwin finished second at 184 at states last season, while Shota was fifth at 102 and Pasion was sixth at 122.



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