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Kaulana Makaula’s 17 points lift Punahou over Lahainaluna

By Paul Honda on February 22, 2019

Lahainaluna brought tough defense. Punahou brought an old-school willingness to pound the low post and cut for passes and layups. Unseeded Punahou’s 74-54 win over MIL champion Lahainaluna was more than just the Buffanblu offense humming. They shot 53 percent from the field (31-for-53) with great ball movement, getting 17 points from Kaulana Makaula and 13 by center Duke Clemens. Defense, once again, is where Punahou locked down. The ILH runner-up forced the Lunas into 21 turnovers. They also limited […]

Kawika Lee, Sam Wheeler combine for 40 as ‘Iolani rallies past Moanalua

By Paul Honda on February 22, 2019

In the end, two evenly-matched teams that were mathematically identical on the scoreboard needed four extra minutes to determine which would live and which would not. The ‘Iolani Raiders’ 52-47 overtime win over Moanalua was a testimonial to their willingness to do what it takes. Yes, on a cold-shooting night, Kawika Lee’s proficiency from the arc — 4-for-7 — were a key to a fourth-quarter comeback. But it took more. Long-range bombers Sam Wheeler and Frank Felix, hounded all game […]

LIVE BLOG: 2019 State Wrestling Championships Day 2

By Billy Hull on February 21, 2019

Day 2 of the Texaco/HHSAA State Wrestling Championships begins at 10 a.m. at the Blaisdell Arena. We will once again provide live coverage throughout the day that will end with finals beginning at 3:30 p.m. There will be more updates of individual matches in the blog below the results. ———- FINAL BOYS STANDINGS: 1. Kamehameha, 228.5; 2. Punahou, 154.5; 3. Lahainaluna, 132; 4. Baldwin, 125; 5. Moanalua, 110.5; 6. Leilehua, 90.5; 7. Saint Louis, 77.5; 8. Kalaheo, 71; 9. Kapolei, […]

Three-time champ Tatsuhiko Hikiji passes skills on to daughter

By Nick Abramo on February 21, 2019

The way back machine takes us to 1968, 1969 and 1970, when Tatsuhiko Hikiji won state wrestling championships while competing for Kaimuki. He was the first boy to do it three times in Hawaii, and now his daughter, Erin Hikiji, is a freshman wrestling for Mililani. She is going for third place at 97 pounds Thursday afternoon at the Texaco/HHSAA State Wrestling Championships. “I think she’s actually a good wrestler, yeah,” Tatsuhiko Hikiji said. “She’s learned a lot by watching […]

Punahou’s Zander Manuel is surprise finalist at 182

By Nick Abramo on February 21, 2019

Punahou’s Zander Manuel is gunning for a first state title. Unexpectedly. After upsetting second-seeded Vance Keliihoomalu in the 182-pound division of the Texaco/HHHSA Wrestling State Championships at Blaisdell Arena on Thursday, Manuel heads to the final later in the afternoon against Kamehameha’s Kainalu Huddy, the top seed. Keliihoomalu was disqualified after an illegal headbutt in the final seconds after he fell way behind and was visibly frustrated. “I came into this match with the coaches telling me to wrestle my […]

No. 7 Kawehi Gillcoat to meet No. 9 Kaena DeSantos in 138 final

By Nick Abramo on February 21, 2019

It’s a Lahainaluna boy vs. a Leilehua lad in the 138-pound final. As expected, Kawehi Gillcoat and Kaena Desantos, the Nos. 1 and 2 seeds who are ranked Nos. 7 and 9 in Hawaii Prep World’s pound-for-pound rankings, are going to see who survives Thursday for the title at the Texaco/HHSAA Wrestling State Championships. In the semifinals, Gillcoat pinned Mililani’s Elijah Diamond, and Desantos edged Kamehameha’s Kanai Tapia 5-3. “I want to win it,” said Gillcoat, who is a four-time […]

Shantelle Mangrobang upsets No. 4 Sami Saribay to reach 107 final

By Nick Abramo on February 21, 2019

Loud cheers erupted at Blaisdell Arena as one second showed on the first-period clock of a semifinal match at the Texaco/HHSAA State Wrestling Championships on Thursday morning. Fans saw Leilehua’s Shantelle Mangrobang upset top-seeded and reigning state 107-pound champion Sami Saribay of Lahainaluna. She did it with a pin just before time ran out in that first period. Mangrobang will face Kapolei’s Allicia Mahoe in the final later Thursday. Saribay came into the match No. 4 in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s […]

Alana Dela Pena’s mom applauds quick work by trainers

By Nick Abramo on February 21, 2019

Wednesday was not a good day for Moanalua’s Alana Dela Pena. The OIA champion and fourth seed in the 184-pound bracket at the Texaco/HHSAA State Wrestling championships, Dela Pena suffered a severe injury in her ankle when she landed wrong while being taken down by Aiea’s Jalyssa Ingram in a first-round match. Trainers and other responders worked quickly to immobilize her leg, put it in a splint and get her on a stretcher and out of the building to a […]