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Comeback kid Ashley Gooman wins third state crown, Kamehameha girl's roll

Ashley Gooman's comeback was a key piece of the Kamehameha girl's team state wrestling championship.

The Warriors racked up 219 points for first place, Baldwin finished second with Moanalua third.

Senior Ashley Gooman defeated Makena Cooper of Pearl City 6-1 in the 122 pound weight class title match. 

Gooman has now won three state titles, but after losing in last year's championship, this final campaign was a comeback story.

"That disappointment was rough, but all I can think now is the amount of steps and everything that I had to do, that my family and my friends and my teammates helped me get through to get to this spot," said Gooman. "It tells me that if I believe in myself than I'm capable of it. And if I work for what I want then I can accomplish it."

 

 

Kamehameha's Paige Respicio won by major decision (15-4) over Jahnea Miguel of Baldwin in a duel of defending state champions. This was the 138 lb. weight class. It was also a rematch of when Miguel beat Respicio in the state semifinals two years ago.

 

"It feels amazing to finally be here," said Respicio. "Two-time state champion and I had my rematch and I finally beat her after all these years. 

For complete results from the 2019 State Wrestling Tournament CLICK HERE


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