A strong performance from Molokai’s girl wrestlers led them to a fifth place team finish at the Chevron State Championships held Friday and Saturday at the Neal Blaisdell Arena on Oahu.
The week before at the Maui Interscholastic League meet at Maui High School, four Molokai girls were crowned MIL champs in their respective weight classes — Kailaoe Cabating (105), Desiree Corpuz (113), Alexandria Simon (117) and Rizpah Torres-Umi (125). Torres-Umi also earned the overall No. 1 seed in her weight class. A total of 10 Molokai wrestlers qualified for states.
The top Molokai finisher was Kailaoe Cabating, the state runner-up, pinned by Pearl City’s Breanne Takaesu in 3:42 in the girls 105 final. Cabating made it to the final match by pinning Punahou’s Miranda Oda in the final second of a semifinal match.
Torres-Umi and Corpuz both placed third in their weight classes. Also helping the team were Karley Kaulili, placing sixth at 119 and Cendall Manley, finishing fifth at 140 pounds.
As a team, the girls earned 91 points, behind only first place Pearl City, Kamehameha Kapalama, Lahainaluna and Punahou, all wrestling powerhouses.
For the boys, Noah Caparida was the top finisher, earning sixth place at 140 pounds. As a team, the boys placed 35th with 10.5 points.
Congratulations to all the Molokai wrestlers who made it to state, including Solomon Maliu, Rusty Nakayama and Esther Torres-Umi.