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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, June 23, 2002

Hawai'i wrestlers win titles at trials

Advertiser Staff

Clarissa Chun of Kapolei and Katie Kunimoto of Kane'ohe won championships in the USA World Team Trials Challenge Tournament last night in St. Paul, Minn.

Their victories, Chun in the 105.5-pound weight class and Kunimoto at 112 pounds, propelled them into best-of-three series today against the current U.S. Nationals champions. The winners earn a position on the U.S. World Team.

Chun pinned high-school phenom Mary Kelly of Mahomet, Ill., in 4 minutes, 3 seconds. Chun will wrestle against U.S. Nationals champion Patricia Miranda of Stanford today. Kunimoto decisioned Danielle Hobeika of Cambridge, Mass., 5-1, and will meet national champion Jenny Wong of Stillwater, Minn., today.

Chun wrestles for Missouri Valley College and Kunimoto for Pacific (Ore.) University. They are 1999 graduates of Roosevelt and Castle, respectively, and former state high school champions.

Three other Hawai'i wrestlers had fifth-place finishes in their weight classes: Laura Obuhanych of 'Ewa Beach, Jill Remiticado of 'Aiea, and Donnell Bradley of 'Aiea.


• Metzger, Wong advance: Fifth-seeded Stein Metzger and Kevin Wong of the United States advanced to the semifinals by winning three straight matches in the $300,000 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour event at Gstaad, Switzerland, yesterday.

Metzger and Wong, the duo from Punahou, will play 25th-seeded Marcio Araujo and Benjamin Insfran of Brazil in today's first semifinal.

Roberto Lopes and Franco Neto of Brazil face Mariano Baracetti and Martin Conde of Argentina in the other semifinal.

Misty May and Kerri Walsh beat top-seeded Adriana Behar and Shelda Bede 21-17 and 21-17 in the women's final.


• Sasada shoots 77: Makena's Brian Sasada shot a 5-over-par 77 yesterday for a three-round total of 220, leaving him 14 shots behind the leader and in a group of 10 tied for 22nd.

The low 25 scorers following today's final round earn a berth in the PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., from Aug 15-18.


• Ontai to speak: State Representative Guy Ontai will be the featured speaker at the Honolulu Quarterback Club tomorrow. Also on the agenda will be Vili and Linda Fehoko, University of Hawai'i cheerleaders. In addition, Gwen Earll, executive director of the Hawai'i State PONY Baseball will talk about Hawai'i's chances for a repeat in the national tournament.

The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Pagoda Restaurant in Honolulu; program begins at noon.