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Ravidas among best in MIL, state

Coby going for third state title while younger bro Tobey seeks first after coming close

Brothers Coby (left) and Tobey Ravida are both among the best pound-for-pound boy wrestlers in the state. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

WAILUKU — The older brother is the better student, by a little. The younger brother is a couple inches taller.

Their first names rhyme, but are spelled slightly different at the end.

On the wrestling mat, there is little to differentiate from the Ravida brothers of Baldwin High School, other than Coby, a senior, being further along than his younger brother Tobey, a sophomore.

Both are 12-0 on the season, according to Bears coach Malakai Panuve, after each stepped up a weight class and going 3-0 in the MIL round-robin tournament on Saturday at the Jon Garcia Gym.

Coby Ravida, a state champion at 106 pounds two years ago and 113 last year, is the top Maui Interscholastic League wrestler in the HawaiiPrepWorld.com best pound-for-pound state list, currently checking in at No. 4. Tobey Ravida, the state runner-up last season at 106, is ranked in the top 20 on the list.

“I’m very proud of him, ever since he placed higher than me as a freshman,” said Coby Ravida, who was fifth in state at 106 as a freshman. “Placing second as a freshman is a very good thing. He worked his butt off on the mat, obviously, to get where he is now.”

Both are hard workers, without a doubt, but Coby smiles when asked about how hard Tobey works in the backroom of the school’s on-campus gym.

“In the wrestling room, he pushes way more harder than I do,” Coby said. “So right now, he really wants that state title.”

The second-place state finish from last year is driving Tobey Ravida now.

“I mean, I did come pretty short last year,” he said. “And it really motivated me, especially when I was a freshman because I wanted to be a four-time (state champ), that freshman that impresses everyone, wins it his first time in high school. Yeah, that really motivated me.”

The brothers occasionally are workout partners, but on a limited basis.

“Sometimes, but most of the time our coach puts us apart just in case, like, if a fight breaks out,” Coby Ravida said. “I’ve been wrestling since I was 7, my brother has been wrestling since he was 5. I push him through strength because he has better technique than me now.”

Coby Ravida wants to pursue a nursing career and his college choices are down to Seattle Pacific, Warner Pacific or Hawaii. If it turns out to be Warner Pacific, he plans to wrestle in college.

There will be a few more practices before any of that happens, and his brother will line up against him at least a few more times.

“Really in the practice room we both have fun with each other, while pushing each other at the same time,” Coby said. “That’s a good chance to learn from each other — I learn from his technique and his strength and his moves. It’s a vice versa thing.”

Tobey says, “I’ve learned a lot (from him). He’s a good influence on me. He’s given me some wrestling moves, helped me with my homework. He’s just a really helpful and caring brother.”

Coby Ravida carried a 4.0 grade-point average into his senior year and is currently taking Advanced Placement classes in biology and physics, virtually assuring that he will be a valedictorian for the Bears with a final GPA above 4.0. He has never had a B grade in high school.

Tobey said his GPA is “about 3.8, I have had some B’s in high school. That’s really impressive (what Coby has done), especially when he has college-level classes.”

Coby Ravida is trying to become just the fourth three-time boy state champion in MIL history.

The only three-time state champion boys from the MIL are Leigh Tonai of Baldwin (1973-75), Saia Lotulelei of Maui High (1999-2001), and Lahainaluna’s Travis Okano (2006-08).

He sees Tonai’s name emblazoned three times on the Baldwin wrestling room wall every day in practice. Coby Ravida, like Tonai, has stepped up in weight classes each year — he will take the mat at 120 for the MIL championships in a couple weeks. Tobey will be at 113.

“It would mean a lot to me,” Coby Ravida said of trying to match the legendary Tonai. “Our first three-timer was in the 1970s, so for me it’s a huge accomplishment to accomplish what he accomplished, like, 50 years ago.”

Baldwin coach Malakai Panuve is grateful to have a pair like the Ravidas on his roster. If the Bears are to make a run at the school’s first boys state team title Feb. 21-22 on Oahu, the Ravidas will be a major part of it.

“We know the Ravida brothers from when they were growing up,” Panuve said. “They’re very passionate and dedicated to the sport. With that, that’s already a huge bonus to the program, any program that they’re in. … They push each other hard every day. They push the other teammates and vice versa. They work hard and they know what to expect.”

* Robert Collias is at rcollias@mauinews.com.

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MIL Round-robin tournament

Saturday’s Results

At Baldwin

Girls

97 pounds–1. Liana Ferreira, Baldwin; 2. Naiomi Kulukulualani-Sales, Lahainaluna; 3. Kellysa-Micihiko Pauole, Kamehameha Maui; 4. Kadie Kron, Lahainaluna; 5. Hayley Sedino, Maui High.

107–1. Teani Medeiros-Maielua, Lahainaluna; 2. Nalani Kirkman, Lahainaluna; 3. Kalani Bicoy, Molokai; 4. Carynn Helm, Kamehameha Maui.

112–1. Kivah Caballero, Lahainaluna; 2. Michaelah Vasquez, King Kekaulike; 3. Barbara Simon, Molokai.

122–1. Keeya Bicoy, Molokai; 2. Alicia Frank, Lahainaluna; 3. Renele Andrion, Baldwin; 4. Lydia Dudoit, Lahainaluna; 5. Briseis Obregon, King Kekaulike.

127–1. Jahnea Miguel, Baldwin; 2. Laieikawai Tancayo, Lahainaluna; 3. Azure Quitevis, Maui High; 4. Alana Morris, Molokai.

138–1. Nanea Estrella, Lahainaluna; 2. Claudia Keanini, Molokai; 3. Jaiyah Imamoto, Lahainaluna; 4. Talia Agliam, Lanai; 5. Jaslyn Mamuad, Molokai.

155–1. Kaceylee Pua, Baldwin; 2. Tyeisha Takamori, Baldwin; 3. Chaenel Deluna, Molokai; 4. Maile Kaahanui, Molokai.

168–1. Shayna Kamaka, Baldwin; 2. Fayannie Rosario, Lahainaluna; 3. Shekinah Orlando, Molokai; 4. Naupaka Borders, Lanai.

225–1. Shannon Jaramillo, Lahainaluna; 2. Sequoia Warren, Baldwin; 3. Mikohu Hapakuka, Lahainaluna.

Boys

106–1. Jayse Koyama, Lahainaluna; 2. Jeice Paranada, Baldwin; 3. Marcus Marinas, Baldwin; 4. Austin Kaalekahi, Molokai; 5. Ckristian Oliva, Lanai; 6. Shadow Wong, Molokai.

113–1. Dax Platiro, Baldwin; 2. Antonio Paulino, Lahainaluna; 3. Jaeden Dumlao-Ranis, Lanai.

120A–1. Tobey Ravida, Baldwin; 2. Jeyden Laborte, Lahainaluna; 3. Bradyn Baldonado, King Kekaulike; 4. Ezekiel Matutino, Kamehameha Maui; 5. Cael Yasutake, Lahainaluna.

120B–1. Austin Panlasigui, Lahainaluna; 2. Caedon Asato, Baldwin; 3. Kapena Vitcovich, Kamehameha Maui; 4. Luis Dorion Schenk, Lanai; 5. Jonah Garaganza, Maui High; 6. Drew Hufalar, Lahainaluna.

126A–1. Coby Ravida, Baldwin; 2. Kanoa Lanoza, Lahainaluna; 3. Christian Clarion, Lahainaluna; 4. Alan Sanchez Jr, Lanai; 5. Keanu Kamai, Baldwin.

126B–1. Kauiki Hoopai, Baldwin; 2. Chaston Mina, Maui High; 3. Nainoa Sliva, Kamehameha Maui; 4. Race Takahashi, Maui High; 5. Lukela Soreano, Baldwin.

132–1. Kahilihiwa Joy, Baldwin; 2. Brandon Koga-Truong, Baldwin; 3. Jonahs Kalalau, Lahainaluna; 4. Isaiah Sedino, Maui High; 5. Giovanni Baltazar-Membrila, Lahainaluna.

138–1. Bronson Adric, Baldwin; 2. Arron Sumabat, Baldwin; 3. Jared Sugiyama, Lanai; 4. Kainoa Monkres, Kamehameha Maui; 5. Ashton Greenleaf, Molokai; 6. Keala Smith, Lahainaluna; 7. Hauoli Sinenci, Hana.

145A–1. Jesse Dudoit, Lahainaluna; 2. Kekoa Catiel, Lanai; 3. Arlen Logan, Baldwin.

145B–1. Malachi DeVera, Maui High; 2. Keaka Kamai, Baldwin; 3. Kamakani Chong-Enos, Kamehameha Maui.

152–1. Nainoa Flores, Baldwin; 2. Cyrus Freitas, Lahainaluna; 3. Heno Kaiama, Molokai; 4. Jonah Renaud, Baldwin; 5. Shiloh Caparida, Molokai.

170A–1. Kanoa Aruda-Starwood, Kamehameha Maui; 2. Thomas Momoa, Hana; 3. Lani-Alii Maikui, Molokai.

170B–1. Leonaitasi Vehikite, Lahainaluna; 2. Kalawaia Horner, Molokai; 3. Thien Nguyen, Lahainaluna; 4. Kealii Tateyama-Magana, Lahainaluna.

182–1. Zachary Genobia, Kamehameha Maui; 2. Enoka Phillips, Lahainaluna; 3. Kyairese Diego Pula, Maui High; 4. Louis Cambra, Maui High.

195–1. Leo Kalipi, Molokai; 2. Joshua Gonzales, Baldwin; 3. Noah Bailey, King Kekaulike.

220–1. Maake Panuve, Baldwin; 2. Kaeo Pedroza-Kanemitsu, Lahainaluna; 3. Tysyn Estrella, Lahainaluna; 4. Carter Oldham, Lahainaluna; 5. Dillon Baraoidan, Lahainaluna.

285–1. Nephi Laga, Baldwin; 2. Aaron Hue Sing, Baldwin; 3. Austin Saribay, Lahainaluna; 4. Justin Keliikupakako, Kamehameha Maui; 5. Kolinaise Latu, Lahainaluna.