Insight, News, and Opinion by Nick Abramo
  • June 25, 2022
WRESTLING NEWS BITS: Nanea Estrella, Diesel Del Rosario And Kevin Corbett Make Some Waves


There’s always a lot going on in the Hawaii wrestling community. Sometimes, it’s easier to get multiple story lines out in one post.

So here goes for today:

Maui’s Diesel Del Rosario Places Fifth At Western Regionals

Maui’s Diesel Del Rosario went to the Western Regionals in Farmington, Utah, and returned home with a fifth-place finish in the 16U 120-pound freestyle division.

Del Rosario’s match results from the May 12-14 freestyle tournament follow.

>> Preliminary round: def. Kaden Guymon (Utah), technical fall, 10-0
>> Round of 16: def. Cohen Clark (Washington), fall, 0:31
>> Quarterfinals: def. Clark Peterson (Idaho), technical fall, 10-0
>> Semifinals: lost to Caden Hanover (California), technical fall, 10-0
>> Consolation round: lost to Mason Gutenberger (Montana), fall, 1:49]
>> Fifth-place match: def. Benjamin Ruiz (California), technical fall, 12-1

Del Rosario, who competed for Lanai High during last winter’s wrestling season, also competed in the 120-pound Greco-Roman division, going 1-2. Those results are below.

>> Round of 16: lost to Bryce Palmer (California), technical fall, 15-6
>> Consolation round: def. Cohen Clark (Washington), fall, 1:24
>> Consolation round: lost to Gabriel Ramirez (Arizona), technical fall, 8-0

Diesel Del Rosario with a takedown at the Western Regionals.
Image credit: Courtesy of Michael Labuanan).

In the same tournament, Hawaii 126-pound high school state champ Mikah Labuanan of Kamehameha-Maui finished with a 2-2 record in freestyle and a 1-2 mark in Greco-Roman.

Labuanan’s freestyle results:

>> Quarterfinals: lost to Noah Torres (Arizona), 12-6
>> Consolation round: def. Paxton Bentley (Utah), technical fall, 10-0
>> Consolation round: def. Chaz Ponton (Idaho), fall, 0:41
>> Consolation round: lost to Dylann Ciarciaglini (Nevada), 10-8

Labuanan’s Greco-Roman results:

>> Round of 16: def. Dane Lake (Montana), technical fall, 12-2
>> Quarterfinals: lost to Nevin Smith (Arizona), 13-12
>> Consolation round: lost to Leonardo Michel (Oregon), fall, 2:46

Nanea Estrella Earns Fourth-Place Finish at Women’s World Team Trials

Former Lahainaluna and current University of Iowa wrestler Nanea Estrella placed fourth in the Women’s World Team Trials last weekend in Coralville, Iowa.

Estrella won four Hawaii high school state championships. Her match results in the 59-kilogram (130 pounds) division from the Women’s World Team Trials follow.

>> Quarterfinals: def. Hailey Corona (Utah), technical fall
>> Semifinals: lost to Lexie Basham (Texas), 5-3
>> Consolation round: def. Bridgette Duty (Texas), 6-4
>> Third-place match: lost to Michael Beck (New York), technical fall, 11-0



Kevin Corbett Is The New Missouri Valley College Women’s Wrestling Coach

Missouri Valley College (Marshall, Missouri) hired former Hawaii high school wrestler Kevin Corbett as its women’s wrestling head coach recently.

Corbett takes on the new role after five seasons as the women’s coach at Lyon College (Batesville, Arkansas).

“I’m very excited for the chance to lead the Missouri Valley women’s wrestling program,” Corbett told “It’s truly an honor to be able to take over a program that has so much history and tradition behind it. I truly believe with the support I have here at Valley, I will be able to keep producing world class talent and bring home championships.”

Kevin Corbett. (Image credit: Missouri Valley College).

Corbett competed in college at Doane University (Crete, Nebraska) and Fresno City College (California). He won regional titles three times, was a two-time California Community College Athletic Association finalist at Fresno City and was a two-time NAIA All-American at Doane.

In high school, Corbett was a two-time state placer for Campbell (2010) and Radford (2011).

Last season, three wrestlers from Hawaii were on the Missouri Valley roster — Alyandina Bushe of Kapolei, Lilliana Campbell of Hilo, and Mahealani Ramirez of Aiea.

Corbett’s sister Kelani Corbett, a four-time state champion at Leilehua, won an NAIA national title at 191 pounds at Lyon College last season.



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