Connect with us

GSPN

DESTINATION YAP: WRESTLERS PIN POINT GOLD

Five wrestlers are ready to roll and represent Guam with the 2018 Micro Games in Yap set to begin next week!

By Jay Leon Guerrero

The 9th Micronesian Games is set to have their opening ceremony this Sunday at the Yap Sports Complex. One of the first sports to compete in the games will be wrestling. The Greco Roman wrestling event will start at 9am on Monday in Yap. Athletics, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, and Spearfishing will join Wrestling on a busy Monday to kick of the Games.

The Guam Amateur Wrestling Federation are sending five athletes led by Tony Aquino to Yap. The wrestlers departed on July 10th and are there to attend the opening ceremonies. All wrestlers representing Guam in Yap were Gold Medalists at the Oceania Tournament held last month at Leo Palace.

The wrestlers and weights are as follows:

Mia Aquino (55 KG)
Rckaela Aquino (57 KG)
Paul Aguon (74 KG)
John Rojas (70 KG)
Michael Shinohara (79 KG)

Siblings to wrestle together once again

Sisters Mia and Rckaela will enter their first Micro Games and look to bring home some hardware. The female wrestlers will wrestle in the Freestyle events while some of the men will wrestle in both Freestyle and Greco Roman styles. Their father, Tony, is leading the contingent.

“We’ve been training partners since we were four or five years old. It would be strange not having her around. It’s an advantage for me because she’s a constant training partner and it’s special because we are both striving for the same goals,” said Mia Aquino about having her sister as a teammate.

The wrestling team was one of the first federations to depart to Yap. The team is currently getting acclimated with the facilities and is also working on their final stages of weight cuts. Preparation will be the same as any other tournament.

“This (competition) isn’t any different,” said Rckaela Aquino. “Regardless of what competition it is, we have a set training regimen. We only train one way, and it’s always hard.”

Rojas ready to represent Guam

“No different feelings, I approach every competition the same way,” said John Rojas. Rojas will compete in the 70 KG freestyle division.

He is coming off a gold medal performance at the Oceania tournament as well as competing in the Asian Indoor Games in Turkmenistan.  

“I feel confident with my wrestling and we will all perform the way (coach) Tony Aquino trained us to perform,” said Rojas.

“I really don’t look at those who I’ll be competing against, because I don’t let it affect the way I wrestle. That’s the way our coaches taught us to compete,” said Rckaela Aquino. “The mindset our coaches instilled into us was always train hard and train smart, everything else will take care of itself,” added Rckaela Aquino.

“Representing my island is something I’ve always wanted to do to the best of my abilities. I want to show our Island that we are at world level and that competition on island isn’t the end,” said Rojas.

“Representing Guam is not very easy; it means putting aside parties and fun times to work hard and train. I love representing this island because the farther I go in competition the more athletes come out for training and also to compete,” said Rojas.

Previous Stories

Men’s Basketball

Men’s Volleyball

Women’s Volleyball

Men and Women’s Va’a

Women’s Basketball

Underwater Fishing

Track & Field

Beach Volleyball

PHOTO GALLERY BROUGHT TO YOU BY:

Ad

GPS Sports Calendar

June

July 2020

August
SU
MO
TU
WE
TH
FR
SA
28
29
30
1
2
3
4
Events for July

1st

No Events
Events for July

2nd

No Events
Events for July

3rd

No Events
Events for July

4th

No Events
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
Events for July

5th

No Events
Events for July

6th

No Events
Events for July

7th

No Events
Events for July

8th

No Events
Events for July

9th

No Events
Events for July

10th

No Events
Events for July

11th

No Events
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
Events for July

12th

No Events
Events for July

13th

No Events
Events for July

14th

No Events
Events for July

15th

No Events
Events for July

16th

No Events
Events for July

17th

No Events
Events for July

18th

No Events
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
Events for July

19th

No Events
Events for July

20th

No Events
Events for July

21st

No Events
Events for July

22nd

No Events
Events for July

23rd

No Events
Events for July

24th

No Events
Events for July

25th

No Events
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
Events for July

26th

No Events
Events for July

27th

No Events
Events for July

28th

No Events
Events for July

29th

No Events
Events for July

30th

No Events
Events for July

31st

No Events

Foody’s 5 Fun Facts

St. John’s Knight Aarman Sachdev

Polls

Would you like to see the first ever 2020 Fantasy Baseball Drafted teams compete against each other?

View Results

DID U KNOW?

Since forming the GNYFF in 2009, the league has never gone without a season until 2020. The league announced their plans to cancel the 2020 season amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

COMING SOON …

ALL SPORTING EVENTS HALTED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS ISSUE

QUICK HITS

Former Guam resident and UFC fighter Jon Delos Reyes received his jiu-jitsu black belt in Las Vegas from Professor Raul Jimenez. Congratulations JDR!

More in GSPN