It began with a thud. Caden Pasa’s thud.
The Kamehameha Warriors Judoka measured his Hilo Vikings opponent and then flipped him on the mat for a loud victory.
This win drew some squirmiest from Viking’s observers. Because there were many Hilo Viking participants, there were plenty of Hilo fans.
Other matches at Keaau High School, on Saturday, were much more deliberate in the second BIIF judo match of the season.
Hilo’s numbers seem to have not suffered from the time off. The Vikings’ lined up to bow before the start of the meet, their line was significantly longer than the other schools.
This numbers advantage was extremely useful in the dual format. Each Hilo Vikings team scored wins against the Kamehameha Warriors, Keaau Cougars, Konawaena Wildcats, Waiakea Warriors.
With Tokeshi’s leadership, the Hilo’s girls won their first team title in 2019. The Vikings could easily win their first sweep of the crowns this season, especially with a win over Waiakea, a perennial contender.
He said that Tyler Yoshiyama (108 pounds), Iverson Babas (108lbs) and Dayson Castillo (108lbs) are his top contenders for BIIF Individual Gold, along with Irie Sakai (154) and Lilliane Toledo (220).
This Saturday, the season will continue at Hilo High School. A tournament will include the novice and open divisions.