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  • September 23, 2021
Erin Hikiji And Angelina Daoang Are Among Four Nationally Ranked 2021 Hawaii High School Wrestlers

Three girls and one boy from Hawaii made’s latest national rankings.

Mililani senior Erin Hikiji is back in the rankings. During 2019-20, she was ranked No. 10 at 1o0 pounds. But a year of inactivity at the high school ranks — due to COVID-19 cancellations — has caused her ranking to drop. She is now No. 18 at 100 pounds for her 2020-21 senior year that is likely to happen now that COVID-19 restrictions are softening.

High school wrestling is a winter sport in Hawaii, with competitions starting in late fall. The fall high school sports season is right around the corner, with official football games scheduled to start Aug. 6 and 7.

Mililani senior and reigning 97-pound state champ Erin Hikiji.
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In February 2020, the last time a high school state championship tournament was held in Hawaii, Hikiji captured the 97-pound class. The year before, as a freshman, she placed fourth.

The highest nationally ranked Hawaii wrestler, however, comes from the same weight class — Punahou sophomore Angelina Daoang, who is No. 8 at 100.

Angelina Daoang of Hawaii is ranked No. 8 nationally at 100 pounds.
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For her profile, Daoang wrote, “I may be a girl, but on the mat I will come at you like a boy!”

Kamehameha seni0r Haley Narahara is ranked No. 20 at 117 pounds. She won the 112-pound Hawaii state championship in February 2020. In 2019, she placed third in states at 112.

Boys wrestler Logan Lau of PAC-5 checks in at No. 18 nationally at 106 pounds.

All four of these nationally ranked Hawaii wrestlers are competing this week at the nationals in Fargo, N.D.

Big Group Of Hawaii Wrestlers Competing At Fargo

The Hawaii state roster for the USMC Junior and 16-Under National Championships at Fargo, N.D., this week is below:

Men’s USA Junior Freestyle
>> 113: Eamonn Jimene, Carson Kim
>> 126: Tanner Higa
>> 132: Kinau McBrayer
>> 138: Kai Simmons, Mason Stefanelli, Kai Yawata
>>  152: Masami Blaze Sumiye
>> 160: Thomas McCreadie

Men’s USA Junior Greco-Roman
>> 113: Eamonn Jimenez, Carson Kim
>> 132: Kina’u McBrayer
>> 138: Kai Simmons, Kai Yawata
>> 160: Masami Blaze Sumiye

Women’s USA Junior Freestyle
>> 100: Angelina Daoang, Erin Hikiji, Alenya Montoya, Tristan Nitta, Miya Nishikawa
>> 106: Isabelle Asuncion, Kelly Ann Ichimura
>> 112: Liliana Awaya, Haley Narahara
>> 117: Victoriana-Catherine Kim
>> 122: Rachel Oshita
>> 127: Kaianne Sabagala
>> 152: Taryn Titcomb
>> 164: Taylor Sale
>> 180: Sarah Balbarino, Isabella Martinez

Men’s 16U Freestyle
>> 100: Joshua Frias
>> 106: Hoakea Kamanaolana Salter
>> 113: Joseph Lathwood, Logan Lau
>> 120: Jacob Enrico
>> 126: Tyger Taam
>> 132: Gabriel Grilho, Justyce Dale Mercado
>> 195: Luke Garcia

Men’s 16U Greco-Roman
>> 106: Joshua Frias
>> 106: Hoakea Kamanaolana Salter
>> 113: Joseph Lathwood, Logan Lau
>> 120: Jacob Enrico
>> 126: Tyger Taam
>> 132: Gabriel Grilho, Justyce Dale Mercado

Women’s 16U Freestyle
>> 94: Alenya Montoya, Nanci Nakagawa
>> 100: Angelina Daoang. Isabelle Asuncion, Kelly Ann Ichimura

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