Insight, News, and Opinion by Nick Abramo
  • September 23, 2021
Mililani’s Erin Hikiji Becomes Wrestling All-American At Fargo Nationals With Fourth-Place Finish

Erin Hikiji is an All-American wrestler.

She did that by placing fourth in the 100-pound class at the USA Wrestling Junior National Championships in Fargo, N.D., on Wednesday.

Hikiji, who will be a senior at Mililani this fall, went 6-2 in the tournament.

Mililani’s Erin Hikiji earning her All-American award at Fargo, N.D.
(Image credit: Ku’u Robinson).

She won her first three matches to get to the quarterfinals, where she lost to Alexandra Szkotnicki of Maryland, 16-6 (4;02).

But that didn’t stop Hijiki’s determination. She followed that loss up with three consolation-round victories to climb back up into the third-place match.

And, once again, Hikiji met up with Szkotnicki and this time, she went down 10-6 (2:28).

Hikiji won the 97-pound Hawaii high school state championship as a sophomore with the Trojans in February 2020. One year, earlier, she placed fourth at states as a freshman. She is  No. 18 in’s national rankings.

Hikiji’s eight match results are below:

>> Round of 64: Erin Hikiji def. Mora Peterson (New York), 7-0 (0:39)
>> Round of 32: Erin Hikiji def. Jhalie De Guzman (Washington), 4-0 (0:29)
>> Round of 16: Erin Hikiji def. Care Booe (Florida), 10-0 (1:42)
>> Quarterfinals: Alexandria Szkotnicki (Maryland) def. Erin Hikiji 16-6 (4:02)
>> Consolation of 8: Erin Hikiji def. Isabella Bocanegra (Arizona), 10-0 (2:12)
>> Consolation of 4: Erin Hikiji def. Kaycie Tanimoto (Texas), 10-0 (5:20)
>> Consolation semis: Erin Hikiji def. Madison Avila (California), 8-4
>> Third-place match: Alexandria Szkotnicki (Maryland) def. Erin Hikihi, 10-6 (2:28)

Hawaii has a large group of wrestlers at Fargo at this week’s nationals. Hawaii team members are:

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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