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Punahou’s Nakaoka gets a little flip with judo win

By Nick Abramo on May 5, 2018

Punahou senior Nicolas Nakaoka got a bit “flippant” Saturday night at the Stan Sheriff Center. The Buffanblu judoka beat Kapolei’s Branden Pagurayan by ippon in 0:48 of the 161-pound final of the state judo championships. And then he did a backflip. That type of celebration is a no-no in judo, and the officials kept their straight faces when it was time to point to the winner. One official approached Nakaoka and told him something. A few seconds later, they declared […]

LIVE BLOG: State Judo Championships

By Billy Hull on May 5, 2018

Kapolei will attempt to win a fifth consecutive boys state title while Pearl City is the defending girls state champion as the Atlas Insurance Agency/HHSAA State Judo Championships go down today at the Stan Sheriff Center. For updated results throughout the day, CLICK HERE. Finals are scheduled to begin around 5:45 p.m. The mats have been cleared and here we go. FINALS MATCHES BOYS 108 (4) Aden Leyson (Waiakea) vs. (2) Keane Escaba (Moanalua) — Escaba, yuko 114 (1) McCade […]

Wise, Wusstig go for 3 state judo titles

By Hawaii Prep World on May 3, 2018

Moanalua’s Noah Wusstig and Mililani’s Mayu Wise are halfway to the career slam and will attempt to win their third state judo titles at the 2018 Atlas/HHSAA State Judo Championships on Saturday at the Stan Sheriff Center. Wise is the No. 1 seed at 122 pounds and Wusstig is unseeded at 145 pounds after losing in the OIA final to Kapolei’s Rodan Salangdron. Wusstig can become the first three-time state champion from Moanalua since Brady Lafortune finished off a slam […]

State judo brackets revealed

By Billy Hull on April 30, 2018

Brackets for the 2018 Atlas Insurance Agency/HHSAA State Judo Championships have been released. Boys State Judo Bracket Girls State Judo Bracket Eight of the 20 No. 1 seeds competing in the tournament on Saturday at Stan Sheriff Center were state champions a year ago. Only Mililani’s Mayu Wise is gunning for a third consecutive state championship on the girls side. The No. 1 seed at 122 pounds after beating Roosevelt’s Macy Higa, a three-time OIA champ, at the OIA championships […]

OIA JUDO: Moanalua’s Higa wins third league title

By Nick Abramo on April 28, 2018

Moanalua senior Amanda Higa climbed back on her judo pedestal Saturday. Higa defeated Campbell’s Chelsea Johnny to win the OIA championship in the 115-pound division at Leilehua’s gym. It was her third league championship to go along with the titles she won as a freshman and a sophomore and the state crown she took two years ago. Unfortunately, she was unable to get the four-year slam. As a junior, she suffered a concussion in wrestling that kept her out of […]

Fujiwara vs. Ibarra: A judo teaching moment

By Nick Abramo on April 28, 2018

In the heat of a martial arts battle, it’s hard to point fingers and blame only one of the competitors when things break down. It takes two to tango, so to speak. There was an extra-curricular scuffle during the ILH judo championship match at 121 pounds Friday night at Kamehameha and things got heated. ‘Iolani’s Hunter Fujiwara threw Saint Louis’ Tyler Ibarra and apparently won by ippon. But, not so fast. The three referees conferred as Ibarra looked incredulously at […]

What? ILH judoka wants to lose to learn

By Nick Abramo on March 23, 2018

Losing is not the American way. Everybody loves a winner, right? True. And Charlize Jasmine Pascual-Tabuyo is a winner. She hasn’t lost nationally or in Hawaii in judo since 2013. So, how hard will the following statement be to wrap around one’s brain? “For me, I don’t look for the win or the loss,” she said. “If I lose . . . I think I’d rather lose than win because I learn from my mistakes.” Bingo. Winning is the American […]

Big battles on tap at state judo

By Hawaii Prep World on May 5, 2017

All eyes will be on Iolani’s Dane Yamashiro as he goes for his third state title at the Atlas Insurance Agency state judo tournament at the Stan Sheriff Center tomorrow, but the early rounds will be filled with drama on the girls side. Three different brackets contain more than one state champion, beginning with the 112-pound class where Pearl City’s Mikayla Abe and Mililani’s Miyu Wise reside. Abe and Wise are on separate sides of the bracket but Abe would […]