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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 […]

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 […]