Last March, Mikayla Pico finished as the runner-up in the 98-pound division at the Hawaii state wrestling tournament.
Now a Molokai High School senior, Pico continues to show her leadership on the mat for the Farmers, winning the 103-pound division at the 44th annual Maui Invitational Tournament held in the Lahaina Civic Center on Saturday. Pico led the girls team to a fifth place finish with 40 points.
Pico’s teammate Tiandra Negrillo finished second in the 103-pound class. Also earning points for the Farmers was Rizpah Torres-Umi who finished third in the 130-pound division behind girls from powerhouse schools, Punahou and Lahainaluna. Charisse Manley finished fourth in the 140-pound division as the Molokai girls team overall finished fifth out of the 13 schools that participated.
The Farmer boys had three wrestlers place in the tournament. The top finisher was Shauden Pedro who placed third in the 171-pound division. Kailen Inouye, placed fourth while Noah Caparida, finished fifth in the 140-pound weight class. As a team, the boys placed 11th with 30.5 points.
Lahainaluna won the boys division and placed second as a team in the girls division. Punahou won the girls team competition. An estimated 800 fans attended the tournament.
Molokai now has a couple of weeks to prepare for the Duals Match on Dec. 23 on Maui.