Kamehameha freshman Teshya Alo wins USA Wrestling national championship | People
The following information is provided by Making Waves Films, LLC:
HONOLULU -- Fourteen-year old Honolulu resident Teshya Alo clinched a USA Wrestling national championship on Saturday in Fargo, ND, winning 1st in the 124 lbs. Cadet division of the ASICS/Vaughan Junior & Cadet National Championships and defeating reigning national champion 16-year old Kayla Miracle of Indiana. The incoming Kamehameha Schools freshman, who was competing as part of wrestling club Team Hawaii, also won the Outstanding Wrestler Award for the Cadet division, given to the wrestler who dominates her bracket.
The ASICS/Vaughan Junior & Cadet National Championships represents the largest wrestling tournament in the world and also the greatest assemblage of elite scholastic wrestlers in the United States. The competition features high school wrestlers in grades 9-12. This was Alo's first time competing at the event.
Alo, who is also a junior national judo champion, is the subject of the feature documentary film in production THE ANIMATED ADVENTURES OF JUDO GIRL (http://makingwavesfilms.com/judo-girl) by Honolulu filmmaker Kimberlee Bassford and her production company Making Waves Films LLC.
Other Team Hawaii wins in Fargo included:
- Shannon Paaaina of Mid-Pacific Institute took 2nd in the 132 lbs. class
- Harmony Pacheco of Kamehameha Schools took 5th in the 115 lbs. class
- Malia Gonsalves of Waianae took 1st in the 84 lbs. class (uncontested)
An interview that USA Wrestling conducted with Alo can also be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5f5e9NiB8_M