Boys title could be decided at 132 pounds

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The boys team title at the Chevron Hawaii State Wrestling Championships will probably come down to the wire, but a lot of how they get there might happen in the semifinals of the 132-pound bracket.

It is the only bracket where the top three schools — Kamehameha, Iolani and Campbell — had all of its wrestlers take care of business and reach the semifinals. The big matchup there pits Campbell’s Zayren Terukina against Iolani’s Colby Watase. Kamehameha’s Matthew Perez faces Christian Tavares of Radford in the other semifinal.

In the team standings, Kamehameha has 67 points, followed by ‘Iolani with 64 and Campbell with 60.

Three other weight classes could come down to finals involving teams in the hunt with Kamehameha’s Trever Kahunahuna and Kaysen Takenaka of Iolani still alive at 160, KJ Pascua of Iolani and Campbell’s Noah Respicio at 170 and Amir Mirza (Kamehameha) and Saiaga Fautanu (Iolani) in the 195-pound class.

None of those matchups are in the semifinals. Below is a chart of each school’s wrestlers, red denotes still alive for a state title.

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Iolani still has six wrestlers alive for state championships, if each of them can get the job done they would tie 1999 Kamehameha and 2000 Saint Louis for the most in a single tournament. If Kamehameha can get just one of its five semifinalists across the line, it will be the 15th straight year with at least one champion for the school. Pearl City has the next-longest streak at nine years and Campbell has had a champion four years in a row.

For history buffs, champions on that Kamehameha team were Justin Hussey (125), Kamaka Jingao (145), John Rosa (160), Richard Robles (171), Jordan Orian (189) and David Kapolulu (275).

The Crusaders champions were Troy Takahashi (103), Travis Lee (119), Travis Takahashi (130), Jonathan Spiker (135), Issac Rodrigues (162) and Gerald Welch (189).

COMMENTS

  1. mikathedog February 17, 2017 9:46 pm

    Shut up! No way the boys title will be decided at 132. And for the history buffs, I think Saint Louis and it’s 6 State Champions, 8 in the finals, took home second place in 2000 and Iolani with 2 State Champions took home 1st place in 2000. Iolani won the team title in 2000 on the back side of the bracket and not the front. In a similar manner Kamehameha with 12 qualifiers has the edge and the lead to Iolani 9 qualifiers and Campbell 7 qualifiers. I also was told that Iolani once took a State Championship without a single State Champion? Tomorrows first match will determine how many from each of these top 3 schools will survive and medal and how many will be eliminated and the picture might become clearer. But even after that there will be a lot more wrestling and every medal has to be earned.


  2. Jerry Campany February 17, 2017 10:05 pm

    Take a trip down memory lane and type “2000” into the table on the bottom, Mikathedog.

    http://www.hawaiiprepworld.com/wrestling/boys-wrestling-state-placers-1966-2015/


  3. mikathedog February 18, 2017 6:09 am

    Thanks Jerry and I followed your instructions and did take a look at your link. You may also want to take a look on the HHSAA website:

    http://www.sportshigh.com/sports/wrestling/tournament/record_book

    Iolani took the Team Title in 2000 with I stand corrected 3 individual champions according to your link to second place Saint Louis with 6 individual champions.

    If you compare the two links and the information, I believe it was 1992 that Iolani took the State Title without a single State Champion.

    Also, Punahou in their run used to have a ton of kids in the championship matches.

    What I was getting at was based on history that anything can happen and it is not just what might go down at 132. If any one or more of the number one seeds from these top 3 schools get upset … it could come down to that! Which includes 132 but also a bunch more.

    I haven’t seen the final brackets after the second consolation round. But advancement points and bonus points can make a big difference in the outcome. Also, backside matchups come into play with losers crossing over sometimes you get weaker match ups and sometimes you get two legitimate placers knocking one out of the tournament. So, how many does Kamehameha, Iolani, and Campbell have left on the front side and back side is more of the question to me.


  4. Oia#1 February 18, 2017 8:56 am

    Your both right, but it could come down to finishes.


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