POSTED: 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 5, 2011
Punahou Judo, wrestling GPA: 3.93 College choice: Westmont (Calif.)
Buffanblu wrestling coach Matt Oney takes a fatherly approach to coaching, which is why he gave Chrissy Chow the ultimate compliment after she won her third state wrestling championship last winter.
“Chrissy’s much more of a leader than outside people will understand,” Oney said. “She’s a mother hen.”
The ascent of Punahou’s program in recent years is due in large part to hands-on wrestlers like Chow, who take their leadership seriously. From the seventh graders on up, everyone is accountable, and Chow’s relentless drive was a major factor in another Punahou title.
She won four individual state titles in four seasons in weight classes ranging from 114 pounds to 129, arguably the most competitive divisions in the sport.
Chow also shared a national 124-pound freestyle wrestling title with younger sister Mindy in July of 2010. Chow’s biggest inspiration has been older brother Daniel, a former multiple state champion.
“Chrissy has been named the ninth-, 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade athlete of the year for Punahou School,” Oney said. “Each of which has a component of academic and citizenship excellence as part of the criteria.”
Chow, the daughter of a judo coach, captured four state judo championships in her four years. Her final judo title came in the 139-pound division.
Chow is the daughter of Robin and Greg Chow. She spent some of her free time helping at the Variety School of Hawaii and doing clean-ups at Makapuu Beach. She is active in the Meat Club, an award-winning community service that supports the homeless through the Institute for Human Services.
Most of the time, though, she’s been an exemplary student. Chow has a GPA of 3.95 and will attend Westmont College in Santa Barbara (Calif.). She is interested in majoring in pre-med or education.