Kalani wrestling pins States

Daniel Melvin and Caleb Delenia

The Kalani High School Wrestling Team participated in the Hawaii State Championship tournament at the Blaisdell Arena on Saturday, Feb. 22-23. Emily Paulino (11) emerged the 2020 Hawaii Wrestling State Champion in the 122 weight division.

Other Kalani wrestlers performed well at the final match of the season; in the boys’ individual events, Kade Okura (10) took 3rd place, Greg Rucilez (12) took 4th place, and Brayden Kamimura (11) and Jayce Kamimura (10) placed 5th in their respective weight classes.

Paulino was proud of herself for making it to the finals and winning the Championship, but to her, it was a group effort. 

“It was also my coaches who put in time and my family who supported me throughout everything, and my teammates who work with me,” she said.          

The girls’ and boys’ teams from Kamehameha-Kapalama took home the team titles. Kalani boys finished 10th out of 44 participating schools and the Kalani girls took 18th place out of 42 schools from across the Islands.