Punahou Wrestlers Bring Home Awards

Daniel Chow
Daniel Chow
Bryson Fukushima
Bryson Fukushima

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- It's known for churning out famous alumni such as presidential candidate Barrack Obama and golf superstar Michelle Wie.

But for a group of Punahou School wrestlers, they're looking to leave their mark on the country as a team.

More than a month has gone by since the State Wrestling Championships, but for eight Punahou wrestlers, they still had more to accomplish at the national level.

"We took eight people and came back with seven all-Americans which means top eight in the country," said Daniel Chow, 2nd place winner in the 148-pound class.

This past weekend, the Punahou grapplers went up against 500 other high school competitors from 38 states at the Brute Adidas National Championship in Kansas. The Buffin' Blue brought home four 3rd place finishes, one 2nd place finish, and one national champion.

"It's definitely an honor, to put in all the time that wrestlers do, I'm just really thankful I had all the support that I had from teammates, coaches, parents, everyone and it's because of them that I was able to get that far really," said Bryson Fukushima, national champion in the 115-pound class.

But head wrestling coach Matt Oney say the boys deserve the spot light.

"It's just really exciting to get a chance to see them reap the fruits of their labors because they've really worked hard the last few years, especially Daniel and Bryson, they're seniors, they've been with us a very long time, and it's one of those proud moments to get recognized for their hard work and talent," said Oney.

And just as they've done all year, the team leans on each through thick and thin, making the unit stronger.

"We learn from each other, support each other and grow as a whole."

Both Bryson and Daniel feel honored to represent Hawaii on the national stage and they hope to do it again at the next level.

Bryson is looking into competing for Oregon State and Daniel is waiting on an answer from Harvard.