BIIF wrestling: Coaches like Hilo’s Taniguchi want to see Big Islanders thrive

Kealakehe’s Kelii Pelekane, top, wrestles Hilo’s Hanalei Kahookaulana on Saturday during a BIIF wrestling meet at the Vikings’ gym. Pelekane, the defending BIIF champion at 145 pounds, won the bout 15-11. (HOLLYN JOHNSON/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

HILO – It’s been six seasons and counting since a BIIF boys wrestler claimed a state gold medal, but all is not lost.