Lee’s Tro­jans Ready To Hit Mats At State Cham­pi­onships

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it­self for the state wrestling cham­pi­onships at Blais­dell Arena. Lee ex­pected as many as seven to pos­si­bly qual­ify for the state meet.

The Tro­jans en­tered the post sea­son all ready with work well-done, hav­ing taken third in league’s ul­tra-com­pet­i­tive Red West race in midFe­bru­ary. They were edged out of the team ti­tle by first­place Pearl City and run­nerup Camp­bell, but had a strong show­ing with Jasyn Inciong (98 pounds), Cody Uyejo ( 114), Nainoa Tompkins (120) and Chase Tan­tog (125) all winning in­di­vid­ual Red West ti­tles in their re­spec­tive weight classes.

Uyejo and Tan­tog are sopho­mores and will be team leaders in their next two sea­sons of el­i­gi­bil­ity.“Cody is very ath­letic, and he has a good sense of bal­ance. He has good hand-eye co­or­di­na­tion, which is very good at this stage ( as a sec­ond-year wrestler at the var­sity level). He is very well-co­or­di­nated.

“Chase is kind of a hot and cold wrestler,” he added. “When he is on, he is on.”

Also po­si­tion­ing them­selves for strong fin­ishes were Kelii Kwon (145; 2nd), Joseph Lizama (130; 3rd), and Brian McArthur (135; 5th). Lee hoped all three would qual­ify for the state meet with solid per­for­mances last week- end at the OIA cham­pi­onships.

As in the Red West, Lee was ex­pect­ing par­ity to be the or­der of the day last week­end in the OIA fi­nals. The top six fin­ish­ers in each weight class were to earn spots in this week­end’s state fi­nals.

“The road will be ar­du­ous,” he said late last week on the eve of the OIA fi­nals. “The East (com­peti­tors) will be very com­pet­i­tive.”

Pre­lim­i­nary rounds for the state meet be­gin at 10 a.m. Fri­day. The semi­fi­nals and cham­pi­onship rounds are set for Satur­day, beginning also at 10 a.m.

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