Ready to Rumble: Girls 225

Lahainaluna's Laeilei Mataafa is the overwhelming favorite at 220 pounds in the state tournament. Photo by Dennis Oda/Star-Advertiser.
Lahainaluna’s Laeilei Mataafa is the overwhelming favorite at 220 pounds in the state tournament. Photo by Dennis Oda/Star-Advertiser.

The 2016 Chevron Hawaii/HHSAA State Wrestling Championships begin Friday. To get you ready, we will preview the matchups in each weight class for both boys and girls.

FIRST ROUND
Mataafa advances with a bye
Fotu def. Robinson, 5-2
Samia def. Nosis, 2:50
Umu def. Gunduz, 0:13
Young advances with a bye
Borden def. Fernandez, 0:59
Shores-Ulep def. Desantos, 1:29
Keopuhiwa advances with a bye

QUARTERFINALS
Mataafa def. Fotu, 0:08
Umu def. Samia, 1:59
Young def. Borden, 1:08
Keopuhiwa def. Shores-Ulep, 3:01

Lalelei Mataafa, Lahainaluna
BYE

Lakea Robinson, Kamehameha
vs.
Lavenia Fotu, Farrington

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Frances Nosis, Damien
vs.
Kaylah Samia, Roosevelt

Almira Gunduz, Hawaii Prep
vs.
Roxie Umu, Kealakehe

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Aulii Young, St. Francis
vs.
Kaily DeSantos, Mililani

Kristi Fernandez, Keaau
vs.
Tristyn Borden, Baldwin

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Kulia Shores-Ulep, KS-Hawaii
vs.
Sehja Pedro, Molokai

Mildred Keopuhiwa, Waianae
BYE

This is Mataafa’s world, the rest of the field is just living in it. The four time MIL champ is going for her fourth state crown and has never been in the second period in her career. She hasn’t been every active this year, but like Teshya and Teniya Alo, she doesn’t need to be. Keopuhiwa is a two time state placer and stepped into Mataafa’s place as the queen of the weight class in December, taking MIT and Paani but slipping to fifth at Officials. She won her first OIA title last week. Borden and Young can expect a battle in the quarters if they can get out of the first round and would be considered Keopuhiwa’s equal. Borden is a state placer and Young took her second ILH title last week.

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