HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii’s own Tiare Ikei continues to make a name for herself in the wrestling world.
Ikei took home a gold medal in Austria over the weekend, going undefeated (4-0) at 53 kg. She secured wins over Slovenian, German and Polish opposition while recording three falls and one tech fall en route to a first place finish.
“It was a little nerve wracking stepping on the mat against the Senior Level Women, but I got settled in and worked on the things that my coaches have taught me,” Ikei said in a statement. “I wasn’t fixated on winning the Gold but just on executing my finishes & being in better positions to score, but bringing home some hardware is always a nice thing to have too.”
This past weekend’s tournament was Ikei’s first senior-level medal and second senior women’s Tournament of her career. She’ll continue competing during a month-long European tour with Team USA, competing in Sweden this weekend and in Germany at the end of the month.
Ikei is currently a resident athlete at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs where she is finishing up her senior year of high school at The Springs Studio.
She is also the defending HHSAA state champion.
“It’s tough knowing I won’t be able to defend my state title in my last year of high school” sIkei said. “But I couldn’t pass up this opportunity to chase my dream. My family and I decided it was best to forgo my senior season in Hawaii to chase my dreams of one day being a world champion and that’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make.”