Young Woman chooses honoring the Sabbath day over wrestling for state title

When the recent 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Chile started a tsunami or harbor wave racing across the Pacific Ocean, it led officials in Hawaii to call for evacuating all low-lying areas as a precautionary measure and rescheduling the 2010 state high school wrestling championship finals in Honolulu from Saturday, Feb. 27, to the next day -- Sunday.

The tsunami, which fortunately didn’t materialize into waves big enough to cause damage in Hawaii, also led a young Mormon woman to opt out of her finals match rather than wrestle on the Sabbath.

Leading up to that decision, Amber Anuhea Ah Sue, 18, the daughter of Bill and Yvonne Ah Sue, was ranked No. 1 seed in Hawaii in the 155-pound weight class on the strength of her undefeated senior season. She also won her first two matches in the state competition.

Ah Sue, of Samoan, Hawaiian and other ancestry, is an advanced placement senior at nearby Kahuku High School and one of the girls wrestling team captains. She placed second in her weight class last year in the state high school judo meet, is active in other sports and Polynesian dance, has been named Kahuku High’s Lei Day queen, is the current president of her Laie 5th Ward Laurels class and has been accepted at BYU in Provo, Utah.

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