Tiare Ikei, a junior at Hawaii Technology Academy and 2018 HHSAA 112-pound State Wrestling Champion, won the 49kg (108-pound) Gold medal at the 2018 United World Wrestling (UWW) Cadet Women’s Pan American Championships in Guatemala City, Guatemala this past Saturday. In her very first international tournament, Tiare dominated the division beating 2017 46kg Bronze Cadet World Medalist Lucia Yepez Guzman of Ecuador with a 2:24 pin and following up her performance with a 0:47 pin of Columbia’s Leydi Almeyda Fonce. In the finals match Tiare overwhelmed Venezuela’s Maria Mosquera Rojas in the first period with a technical fall 10-0 en route to her first Gold medal in international competition.
Just 2 weeks ago, Tiare was crowned the 49kg National Champion at the 2018 UWW Women’s Nationals & Cadet World Team Trials in Irving, TX earning her a spot on the 2018 Cadet World Team. Tiare was the only National Champion to go through the entire tournament without giving up a single point to her opponents and finished the tournament with a perfect record of 7-0, recording 4 technical falls (10-0 scores) and 3 falls (pinned opponents).
Tiare’s next journey will be in June where she will spend 2 weeks at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs to train with the US National Team including recent Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame inductee & current USA Wrestling Women’s Assistant Coach Clarissa Chun. From there Tiare will travel with Team USA to Zagreb, Croatia to compete at the 2018 UWW Cadet World Championships.