Kamehameha's Alo enlists Japanese world champion along road to Rio

Kamehameha's Alo enlists Japanese world champion along road to Rio

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It took Kamehameha Schools senior Teshya Alo all of 36 seconds to become just the seventh wrestler in Hawaii prep history to win a fourth consecutive state championship.

Impressive enough as it was on its own, the title served as little more than a reminder that the end of her high school career meant it was time to completely fix her focus on Rio.

"It (her mindset) turned right after my match actually," said Alo. "When I got my hand raised, I had, not a flash back, but a flash forward, of like, hopefully getting my hand raised."

Alo was referring, of course, to the 2016 Olympics. An appearance there, her first as a competitor or otherwise, can be locked down at the U.S. Wrestling trials in April. To help her prepare for the challenge, Alo's coach, Charles Ariola, helped arrange training sessions with Japan's Chiho Hamada, herself a world champion wrestler.

"Teshya is training really hard with her technique and her sparring," said Hamada, through the use of a translator. "But if she's going to go for the Olympics, she has to go even harder, and dig deep, really deep, to get those medals."

Alo calls competing in the Olympics her life's goal. With trials looming, there's now just one tournament -- and one wrestler, as Alo puts it -- who stand in her way.

"I've challenged everybody in my bracket," said Alo. "But there's one person in my mind that I really have to beat. That I didn't get to challenge yet."

When asked to identify her challenger, Alo refused with a laugh.

"I don't want to say it out loud."

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