BY Stacy Kaneshiro
Advertiser Staff Writer
The HHSAA/Chevron Wrestling State Championships was the biggest sporting event affected by yesterday's tsunami warning.
And it might be the costliest.
Yesterday's semifinal and championship rounds were postponed and rescheduled for today at the Blaisdell Arena. Matches begin at 8:30 a.m. Gates will open at 7:45 a.m. for spectators.
The postponement was one of a number of sporting events statewide affected by the tsunami warning issued early yesterday morning.
The only event spared was last night's men's basketball game between Hawai'i and Nevada at the Stan Sheriff Center. It was senior night for the Rainbows Warriors.
As for the wrestling tournament, the postponement means an early wake-up call for the 7 a.m. weigh-in and no rest between matches. Neighbor Island teams had to extend their stay and incur extra room and boarding expenses.
Because Kahuku has about a 90-minute commute from the North Shore, it stayed at the Pagoda Hotel, as it had in past years. Like the Neighbor Island teams in the hotel, Kahuku extended its stay. But the Red Raiders, whose girls' team is in the lead entering today, have no problem with the inconvenience.
"We're just glad we have the opportunity to wrestle," Kahuku coach Reggie Torres said.
Wrestlers had been awake since about 3 a.m., Torres said. Parents were calling to check on their children. The boys and girls wrestling teams waited out the warning at the hotel. By late afternoon, the Kahuku wrestlers got in a workout at the Blaisdell, Torres said.
Although yesterday's tsunami warning postponed yesterday's baseball game between Oregon and Hawai'i, the visiting Ducks still showed up at Les Murakami Stadium.
The team and traveling party voluntarily evacuated the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa on Kalākaua Avenue and spent the day at the stadium, according to a team spokeswoman.
"It wasn't a forced evacuation," Oregon baseball sports information director Andria Wentzel said. "Our administration thought it would be best if we left the area."
The group assembled at the stadium from 8:45 a.m. to about 2:15 p.m., Wentzel said. They listened to tsunami updates on the radio that was piped through the stadium's public address system.
The teams resume the four-game series at Murakami in a doubleheader today. The nine-inning first game is set for 1 p.m. with the seven-inning second to start 30 minutes after the end of the opener.
The nightcap is considered the makeup game, so those with reserved seat tickets for the opener must vacate their seat for the second game ticket holder. But spectators with either ticket can stay for both games. The stadium will not be cleared between games.
The UH-Brigham Young men's volleyball match at Maui's War Memorial Gym yesterday was postponed.
It has been rescheduled for tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Meanwhile, play-in games for this week's state boys' basketball tournament were postponed.
Kamehameha-O'ahu was scheduled to play at Honoka'a in Division I and Academy of the Pacific was to play Hawai'i Baptist in Division II at Maryknoll yesterday.
The game at Honoka'a is set for 4 p.m. tomorrow, pending whether Kamehameha can get a flight to the Big Island, Interscholastic League of Honolulu boys' basketball coordinator Peter Estomago said.
The Division II game also is slated for tomorrow, but a site has not been finalized, Estomago said.