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Kaiser, Kalani parents pitch in when bus breaks down

By Paul Honda on February 20, 2019

When the bus breaks down, it’s always good to have trusty parents nearby. The day began in the dark for many of the teams in the Texaco/HHSAA Wrestling State Championships. That included Kalani and Kaiser, which met at their respective schools by 5:30 a.m. to share a bus ride to the tourney. A short while later, the bus broke down near Kalani, Kaiser assistant coach Nick Hironaka said. His team got help from parents who were en route to the […]

No. 8 Tianna Fernandez survives in overtime

By Nick Abramo on February 20, 2019

Baldwin’s Tianna Fernandez was in trouble, but she got out of it. The No. 8 pound-for-pound wrestler in the Hawaii Prep World rankings found a way to beat Brianna Funakoshi of Aiea in the 102-pound division, 10-6, in the second overtime period to advance to Thursday’s semifinals at the Texaco/HHSAA State Wrestling Championships. “Me and her were going at it in the beginning of season,” Fernandez said. “She’s really good and tall and fast and she can drop levels in […]

Legend Matautia avoids upset to start states

By Nick Abramo on February 20, 2019

Punahou’s Legend Matautia got through the first round, pinning Kaimuki’s Harry Lloyd at 1:43 of their 220-pound match at the Texaco/HHSAA Wrestling State Championships on Wednesday. The top-seeded Matautia remembers seeing Lloyd wrestle for Damien, when Lloyd was in the 285-pound division. “I was pretty surprised when I saw that he (slimmed down),” Matautia said about Lloyd, who had some pretty big upsets when he was with the Monarchs before his transfer. If he ends up making it to the […]

No longer the underdog, Rysan Leong comfortable as top seed

By Paul Honda on February 20, 2019

He is 10 pounds heavier and no longer an underdog off the radar. Rysan Leong made quick work in his preliminary match on Wednesday afternoon, opening a 5-0 lead before pinning his foe, Vinny Schmidt of Campbell. Leong, the top seed in the 170 weight class, has a proverbial bull’s eye on his back in 2019, but in ’18, he wowed Blaisdell Arena. He was an OIA runner-up at 160, then went on a sensational run at the Chevron/HHSAA State […]

OIA champion Alana Dela Pena suffers scary ankle injury

By Nick Abramo on February 20, 2019

Alana Dela Pena got cheers from the Blaisdell Arena crowd as she was being carried out on a stretcher. The Moanalua wrestler, who is the reigning 184-pound OIA girls champion, suffered a serious ankle injury in her opening match at the Texaco/HHSAA Wrestling State Championships on Wednesday. Aiea’s Jalyssa Ingram, her opponent, was in tears afterward and was being consoled by her coaches after the freak injury. According to coaches at the scene, Ingram attempted to take down Dela Pena […]

Kamehameha-Hawaii’s Kanani Chan breaks drought with victory

By Paul Honda on February 20, 2019

Wednesday morning provided a first for Kanani Chan. It is likely not to be her last. The Kamehameha-Hawaii senior posted her first state-tournament victory, defeating Phoebe Pineda Abaya of Kalani, 9-3, in the 132-pound weight class of the Texaco/HHSAA Girls Wrestling State Championships at Blaisdell Arena. The tall, lanky Chan kept an eye on the mat before she went to work. Her twin, Kuuipo Chan, the 127-pound BIIF champion, defeated April Kekuewa of Campbell in a preliminary match. “She won, […]

Top seed Jazmyn Enriquez set for rematch with Punahou’s Sarah Obra Nakata

By Paul Honda on February 20, 2019

Jazmyn Enriquez made a decision after losing in the 97-pound weight class semifinals last year. She decided to kick tail. Now a junior, she is the top seed in this year’s 97 weight class at the Texaco/HHSAA Girls Wrestling State Championships. Campbells Enriquez defeated Jaysha Cachuella of Kapolei in preliminary-round action on Wednesday morning at Blaisdell Arena. Enriquez will meet Sarah Obra Nakata of Punahou in a quarterfinal matchup later today. They know each other fairly well. Enriquez lost to […]

Girls P4P: Corbett remains No. 1 entering states

By Jerry Campany on February 20, 2019

1. Kelani Corbett, Leilehua senior Previous: No. 1 2018 state champ (155), 2017 state champ (155), 2016 state champ (155) 2019 OIA champ (168), 2018 OIA champ (155), 2017 OIA champ (157) 2019 OIA West champ (168), 2018 OIA West champ (155), 2017 OIA West champ (155) 2018 Officials champ (168), 2017 Officials champ (168), 2016 Officials champ (155) 2018 Paani champ (168), 2016 Paani champ (155) 2018 MIT champ (168) OIA: Phiona Kerisiano (Nanakuli) W, 3:43; Francesca Evans (Pearl […]