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Y-S community celebrates Asiata's move to Fresno State: Sutter UHS product signs full scholarship to play for Bulldogs

Jan. 16—It was a day to celebrate Auckland Asiata.

The Sutter Union High defensive end signed with Fresno State to play college football on a full scholarship, and on Saturday the Yuba-Sutter community celebrated the 6-foot-3, 250-pound behemoth at the home of Michio Takahashi, a local resident responsible for Asiata's physical change.

Takahashi, who trains athletes out of his home at 879 Stewart Road in Yuba City, began working with Asiata in eighth grade when he was just 5-6, 140-pounds. Asiata's work with Takahashi helped the 2024 Sutter graduate develop into one of the best defensive ends in all of the Sac-Joaquin Section. Asiata was named Pioneer Valley League MVP as a senior after assisting a defensive unit through a season where it relinquished only 128 points in PVL play — an average of 10.6 per contest. The defense also recorded back-to-back shutouts in league, en route to a runner-up finish and Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI semifinal appearance.

Takahashi said Asiata will likely stay on the defensive front at D-tackle at the next level. Asiata is one of about 24 Takahashi-trained local athletes to move onto colleges and universities.

"He comes from a long line of Asiatas that have played in the NFL and at big-time colleges," Takahashi said in a statement following Saturday's celebration.

Asiata and Fresno State open up 2024 at Michigan on Aug. 31.

Every time one of Takahashi's clients commits he puts up a college flag in his garage on his property at 879 Stewart Road in Yuba City, according to a previous Appeal report. Takahashi trains about 80 athletes from the Yuba-Sutter-Colusa area and can be reached via multiple platforms on social media. Takahashi is always accepting new clients so, if interested, individuals and families can reach out via Twitter @Grind:30, Instagram @Grind_30 or Facebook by searching Michio Takahashi.