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Remembering Chanse Uyeda
July 26, 2013 - Robert Collias
It is always a sad story when a young life is snuffed out with worlds of potential ahead.
I received a text at 12:14 a.m. today telling me of the tragic death of Chanse Uyeda, which has been confirmed by the Maui Police Department.
Uyeda, 19, was a football player and state-champion wrestler for Lahainaluna High School. He won the 147-pound state title in 2011 after three straight MIL crowns. As a senior in 2012, he was injured and missed most of the football season and placed second in the Maui Interscholastic League in wrestling.
I recall Uyeda as an outstanding young man who was nearly unstoppable on the wrestling mat.
This is not the first tragedy to hit this family, as Walter Chihara of the Lahaina News wrote in this piece soon after Uyeda's state title.
He worked hard to recover from his injury in 2012 so he could help a Lunas wrestling team that had state team title aspirations.
In December 2011, Uyeda told me this after watching Justin Sadang, a B teammate, win a title at the Maui Invitational Wrestling Tournament: "That was awesome, I don't think (Sadang) has made it to the finals before, so that was good for him, nice to see him win," Uyeda said.
It came on the same night Uyeda won a title but as I remember it, Sadang's crown meant more to Uyeda than his own.
Uyeda was that kind of kid. He epitomized the kind of program that Lahainaluna wrestling has been for many years.
Lila Fujimoto is currently working on a story and talking to folks who knew Uyeda much better than I did.
It will be in Saturday's paper and will be worth the read, of that I'm positive.
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