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Kamehameha’s Terukina wrestles to national title

By Nick Abramo on March 27, 2018

Kamehameha’s Kysen Terukina beat a two-time state champion from Florida en route to a national wrestling championship last weekend in Virginia Beach, Va. Terukina is a two-time Hawaii state champion. In the 120-pound sophomore division final of the NHSCA High School Nationals, Terukina defeated Bretli Reyna of South Dade High (Homestead, Fla.) 6-3. Five other Hawaii wrestlers took part in the tournament, including Kamehameha’s Brant Porter (106), Saint Louis’ Corey Cabanban (126), ‘Iolani’s Kaua Nishigaya (132), Campbell’s Zayren Terukina (145) […]

Leilehua’s Corbett, Taniguchi named Hawaii’s best

By Jerry Campany on March 14, 2018

Leilehua wrestling coach Kevin Corbett and assistant Corey Taniguchi have been named the 2018 coach and assistant coach of the year for Hawaii by the National Wrestling Coaches Association. Corbett and Taniguchi led the Mules to their first state boys championship since 1995 under Stan Ono on the strength of state champion Brett Barefoot and runners-up Hunter Nagatani, Keanu Punley and Jonah Caminos Freitas to beat Kamehameha by a single point. Other state placers included Joe Kila Faafiu (third place), […]

Soaring with the wind: HPA state champ Carl Bryson

By Paul Honda on February 22, 2018

The passing of Carl Bryson hit home for family and friends stretching from Waimea on the Big Island to Maryland. Bryson was a stellar two-way Ironman during an amazing run by Hawaii Preparatory Academy during the 1990s. Playing for his father, head coach Gordon Bryson, with mom Liz Bryson always nearby helping the team, Carl helped Ka Makani contend for the BIIF title several times. Then, in the winter seasons, he was one of the state’s best on the mat, […]

Hawaii girls find out where they stand nationally

By Jerry Campany on February 21, 2018

Hawaii was the first to the party in the world of girls high school wrestling, but apparently it still has a lot of catching up to do. Eight states currently sanction all girls tournaments, yet only two state champions from the Aloha State — Kelani Corbett of Leilehua and Kahuku’s Teniya Alo — are deemed among the top 10 in their class in today’s national rankings released by USA Wrestling, FloWrestling and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum. […]

Kahuku’s Alo tops final girls pound-for-pound top 10

By Hawaii Prep World on February 21, 2018

The top two spots in Hawaii Prep World’s girls pound-for-pound rankings stayed consistent for the entire year. Kahuku senior Teniya Alo pinned her way to the 138-pound state title to end her career as a three-time state champion and the No. 1 pound-for-pound wrestler in 2017-18. Leilehua’s Kelani Corbett, who will surely take over the top spot to begin next year, added her third state crown to keep alive her hopes of a state slam. After the top two, there […]

Cabanban tops final boys pound-for-pound rankings

By Hawaii Prep World on February 20, 2018

Saint Louis senior Corey Cabanban became the fifth boys wrestler in Hawaii high school history to win four state championships last week. He ends the season as Hawaii Prep World’s No. 1-ranked pound-for-pound wrestler. The top 10 is below, followed by the next 10 in alphabetical order. Kamehameha sophomore Kysen Terukina won his second state title and Kapolei freshman Branden Pagurayan notched his first state title as both will attempt to complete the state slam over the next couple of […]

VIDEO: Ikei, Takenaka among state winners

By Nick Abramo on February 17, 2018

Kaiser’s Tiare Ikei scored a 4-1 victory over Kamehameha’s Ashley Gooman in the 112-pound final at the state wrestling championships Thursday at Blaisdell Arena was one of the most anticipated matches of the night. You can watch it below on video, along with these three other matches from Thursday: >> Boys 170 final: Kaysen Takenaka (‘Iolani) def. Keanu Punley (Leilehua), 5-0 >> Girls 97 final: Xiaolin Mai (Roosevelt) def. Allicia Mahoe (Kapolei), 3-1 >> Girls 107 final: Sami Saribay (Lahainaluna) […]

VIDEO: Cabanban’s fourth state title

By Nick Abramo on February 17, 2018

Corey Cabanban went up one weight class each year and conquered them all. The Saint Louis senior won his fourth state wrestling title Thursday night, this one at 126 pounds to go along with the ones he won at 120, 113 and 106. He is only the fifth Hawaii boys wrestler to get four. The others are ‘Iolani’s Patrick Higa (1983-86), Saint Louis’ Jonathan Spiker (2000-03) and Brandon Low (2003-06), and Mid-Pacific’s Josh Terao (2011-14). Below, watch Cabanban’s 7-2 victory […]