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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 […]

LIVE BLOG: State Wrestling Finals

By Billy Hull on February 15, 2018

The finals of the Texaco/HHSAA State Wrestling Championships will begin at 3:30 p.m. Below is a list of all of the matchups. A live blog of each match will follow below. Girls 145 will kick things off and Kahuku’s Teniya Alo will end the night going for her third state title on the girls side while Moanalua’s Noah Wusstig (Moan) and Lahainaluna’s Kawehi Gillcoat will battle for the boys 138-pound title. >> Leilehua wins the boys state wrestling title 156-155 […]

VIDEO: Best matches from state semifinals

By Nick Abramo on February 15, 2018

Below are wrestling videos from the state wrestling semifinals at Blaisdell Arena on Thursday. >> Boys 113 semifinal: Hunter Nagatani (Leilehua) def. Ikua Tihada (Lahainaluna), 6-3 >> Boys 126 semifinal: Corey Cabanban (Saint Louis) def. Zeff Dudoit (Lahainaluna), 13-2 >> Boys 126 semifinals: Casen Watanabe (Punahou) def. Logan Garcia (Moanalua), fall >> Girls 132 semifinal: Paige Respicio (Kamehameha) def. Gabrielle Perez (Moanalua), 7-2 >> Girls 132 semifinal: Roselani Ikei (Kaiser) def. Viviana Barcina (Kahuku), fall >> Boys 170 semifinal: Keanu […]

STATE SEMIS: Takenaka, Punley to square off in final

By Nick Abramo on February 15, 2018

The bracket that never stops giving is moving on to the final. The two semifinal matches lived up to the billing of the loaded 170-pound class. Top seed Keanu Punley of Leilehua had to fight back from a two-point deficit to defeat Roosevelt’s Salvador Gonzalez 8-6 in overtime. Losing 6-4, Punley got a takedown with 20 seconds to go and then was able to keep Gonzalez from escaping. In overtime, once again Punley — the OIA champ — stopped Gonazalez […]

Finals matches set in state wrestling

By Billy Hull on February 15, 2018

The semifinals of the Texaco/HHSAA State Wrestling Championships have completed. The finals will begin at 3:30 p.m. For a complete list of matchups, click here.

STATE SEMIS: Watanabe shocks Garcia; Cabanban next

By Nick Abramo on February 15, 2018

Punahou’s Casen Watanabe was down by an overwhelming margin and looking surely to lose against No. 2 seed Logan Garcia of Moanalua in the 126-pound semifinals at the Texaco/HHSAA State Wrestling Championships Thursday at Blaisdell Arena. Yet, at the start of the third period, down 6-1, his Buffanblu coaches encouraged him. “This is the last two minutes, this is your time,” they said. Sure enough, Watanabe turned the tables and pinned Garcia at 4:21 and the sidelines erupted. “That’s why […]

STATE SEMIS: Ikei, Respicio advance; Miguel too

By Nick Abramo on February 15, 2018

Kaiser’s Roselani Ikei and Kamehameha’s Paige Respcio advanced to the final of the 132-pound girls division at the Texaco/HHSAA State Wrestling Championships Thursday at Blaisdell Arena. Ikei, the OIA champ, is going for her first state title, and so is Respcio, the ILH champ. “I have to be aware out there because (Paige) is a really good wrestler,” Ikei said. “As long as I keep my positioning right, I should be OK.” Respicio is confident. “I got this,” said the […]