I’ll watch as much as I can, but I have to run quotes throughout. If you are watching TV, you will probably see more wrestling than I do.
Boys 152: Jacob Solomon, Kalaheo.
Girls 121: Harmony Pacheco of Kamehameha repeats.
Boys 145: Bubba Jaramillo gets his second state title.
Girls 117: Shana Dilliner of Kamehameha gives the Warriors their second state champ.
Boys 138: Braydon Akeo gets his third title.
Girls 113: Donavyn Futa of Kamehameha wins her first title as a freshman.
Boys 132: Joshua Terao, MId-Pacific, wins his fourth title, 15-0 over Diamond.
Nakia James (Leilehua) vs. Tammy Le (McKinley)
Tied 2-2 heading into the third. James hurt and draws injury time. Going to overtime. James makes one mistake and Le takes advantage to win 4-2.
Alex Ursua (Pearl City) vs. Chevy Tabiolo Felicilda (Moanalua)
Ursua up 4-2. I can’t keep up. I am just going to put weight classes and winners. Ursua wins, second straight. He won at Pac-Five last year.
Angela Anos (Moanalua) vs. Breanne Takaesu (Pearl City)
Enos up 2-1, but Takaesu rallying. Takaesu up 3-1.Enos wins 9-3.
Christian Balagso (Lahainaluna) vs. Christian Natividad (Campbell)
Natividad up 4-2 early. He extends it to 6-3 in the second. Natividad up 8-3 after two periods. Natividad wins.
Stacia Al-Mahoe (Kapolei) vs. Kalissa Pundyke (Campbell)
Tied 5-5 after 1. Pundyke goes up 8-4 in the second. We take a break to fix Mahoe’s hair. Mahoe scores, 8-5. She puts Pundyke on her back, just like that it is tied 9-9. 12-9 Pundyke after a takedown. Mahoe is more aggressive, but she got caught. Mahoe with a point, down 12-10 with 43 seconds left. Mahoe escape, 12-11. Two points at the whistle for Pundyke, 14-11 winner.
Chance Ikei (Kaiser) vs. Zach Wigzell (Lahainaluna)
Ikei up 2-0, but Wigzell evens it a minute into the match. Ikei back up 4-2. First period ends. Ikei with a reverse, 6-2. Lunas need points here. Wigzell respnds, 6-3. Wigzell gets out of trouble and in control now, but Ikei leads 12-5. Ikei wins.
Maia Phanthadara (Roosevelt) vs. Sarah Imai (Punahou)
I may not be able to keep up with this. Imai up 7-6 after one. Roosevelt catches her for the pin. Champion.
Cameron Kato (Punahou) vs. Cody Cabanban (Saint Louis)
The kids hit the mat ready to go, but TV tells them to wait for seven minutes. Third place and fifth-place matches being contested while they wait. They hit the mat, Kato up 2-0 early. Kato rolls him onto his back, but too much momentum for the pin. Kato up 4-1, 30 seconds left in the first. One period in the books, 4-1. Cabanban gets a leg, Kato looks to the ref for a call but doesn’t get it. Locking hands? No worries, they cruise out of bounds. 6-1 Kato. End of the second. This is closer than the score. Kato with two more, 8-2. Ref spots blood on the mat and stops the action at 1:06. It looks like Kato’s lip. Cabanban with a reverse, he is urgent. 8-4, 30 seconds left. Kato survives to win states. Punahou has had a state champ for 11 years in a row.
Getting a late start here on the second day. A little tip: Never go to Jack in the Box after all of the wrestlers have weighed in. I hope to have more action in this blog once I get caught up.
Boys team scores after semifinals: Pearl City 135.5, Lahainaluna 132.0, Kamehameha 107.
Chargers have four on the front and four on the back. Lunas have three and five. Warriors have one and seven.
Girls Team scores after semifinals: Kamehameha 149, Lahainaluna 136, Campbell 122.
Warriors have five in the championships, two in third and fifth place matches. Lunas have three and five, Sabers have two and five.
Something I dug up while waiting for the finals:
Most individual state champions for one team, boys:
6: 2000 Saint Louis (Troy Takahashi, Travis Lee, Travis Takahashi, Jonathan Spiker, Issac Rodrigues, Gerald Welch)
6: 1999 Kamehameha (Justin Hussey, Kamaka Jingao, John Rosa, Richard Robles, Jordan Orian, David Kapolulu)
5: 2009 Punahou
5: 1968 Punahou
5: 1974 Radford
Girls (Kamehameha can break this if all five of their girls win)
4: 2013 Kamehameha
3: 2012 Aiea
3: 2007 Farrington
3: 2005 Iolani
3: 2002 Moanalua
3: 2001 Moanalua
3: 2013 Pearl City
3: 2010 Punahou
3: 2009 Radford
Girls 220: McKinley’s Kaydie Tehotu advances to the final where she will meet the unstoppable Lelelei Mataafa of Lahainaluna. Mataafa pinned Ayzhia Williams of Kapolei in 21 seconds after winning in 26 seconds in the quarters and seven seconds in the first round. Tehotu beat Baldwin’s Tristen Borden in 1:56. Mataafa is a returning state champ and won Paani easily before taking the MIL title. Tehotu was second in the East but won the OIA, she is on the rise. McKinley hasnt had multiple state champs in the same year since 2000.
Girls 175: Iolani’s Alexandra Fautanu into the final when Aiea’s Sarah Miner was disqualified. She will face fellow ILH wrestler Erin Scheidt in the final after the Warrior pinned Kahuku’s Jocelyn Alo in 3:17. Fautanu was third at Paani this year, but won the ILH over Scheidt. Iolani hasnt won a title since 2009.
Girls 155: Jocelyn Tabion of Kapolei vs. Caragh Morris of Campbell in the final. Tabion took out Lahainaluna’s Karina Arroyo Haro 10-2 and Morris pinned Kanoeala Nakoa of Kaiser in 5:04. Tabion was second at state last year, and stated her case as the queen of the division after winning Officials. She then went on to win the West and OIAs. Morris was third at Officials, second in the West and second in the OIA, all behind Tabion. Don’t count her out, though.
Girls 140: Zoe Hernandez of Punahou into the final after a 9-6 win over Okubo. She was docked a point for smacking Okubo in the forehead twice but won 11-6. Hernandez will face top seed Carly Jaramillo of Lahainaluna, who beat Campbell’s Lokelani Kam with a pin in three minutes. Jaramillo beat Hernandez way back at the Paani Challenge, Hernandez’s first match of the season. Okubo was the only one who could have messed up the anticipated finals matchup. Jaramillo and Hernandez are both state champs.
Girls 135: Brenna Dudoit Vasquez of Lahainaluna defends her top seed, beating Campbell phenom Angela Peralta 3-2. This might be the last time Peralta ever loses. Vasquez will take on Kapolei’s Taysia Kano, who beat Cheynell Kawaihae of Kailua 6-2. Dudoit Vasquez was second at states last year, and she had an unevenful start to this season taking second at MIT, third at Officials and second at Paani before winning the MIL title. Kano came from out of nowhere to finish second in the OIA to Peralta.
Girls 130: Teshya Alo in, of course. She pinned Castle’s Asia Igafo twice, the first one was deemed an illegal hold. Seconds later, she pinned her for real. Igafo actually got off the mat smiling. Alo is at a different level. Alo’s time was 1:34. Shayna Boteilho of Baldwin gets the next shot at Alo after beating Lhyca Joy Butac of Leilehua in 5:14. Alo beat Butac in the first period in the finals at Officials and they have not met since. Butac is the OIA champ, kudos to her for sticking here. It seems a lot of girls ran away from Alo in this class. Castle hasn’t had a state champ since 2006 when Candace Sakamoto won at 98 in 2006.
Girls 125: Mid-Pacific’s Shannon Paaaina looks good, beating Kahuku’s Anela Wasson 17-2. Paaaina will face Molokai’s Rizpah Torres-Umi, who beat Pomaikai Yamaguchi of Kamehameha 3-0. Paaaina spent the majority of the season in a lower weight class, then bumped up here and dominated the ILH. Paaaina won states two years ago. Torres Umi is the MIL champ. Molokai has had only one other state champ, Leya-Justina Laufalemana in 2009.
Girls 121: Mililani’s Angela Lee in. See? seeding doesn’t matter. Kamehameha’s Harmony Pacheco, the top seed, beats Asia Lien Evans of Pearl City and Lee, the No. 2 seed, pinned Molokai’s Esther Torres Umi in 1:32. Lee and Pacheco, both returning state champs. Lee won on Maui, Pacheco took Officials and neither one of them wrestled at Paani. The lack of head-to-head forced the seeding committee to draw a card to determine the top seed. OIA champ vs. ILH champ, should be a great one. These girls are not used to losing at states.
Girls 117: Kamehameha’s Shana Dilliner advances. Joen Tominaga of Pearl City joins her. Dilliner beat Castle’s Kayla Guillermo 4-2 and Tominaga nipped Campbell’s Alicia Liemsithisak 5-4. Tominaga was a blip on this class until she slipped to sixth in the OIA championships. Now she is in the final two. Dilliner is the ILH champion.
Girls 113: Alexis Ford pins Castle’s Alsie Bahilot in 1:45, Kamehameha’s Donvyn Futa stops Kristen Kojima of Roosevelt in 5:33. Ford took third on Maui, Officials and Paani before ruling the West and taking that momentum to a second place finish at the OIA championships. Futa was second at Paani before winning the ILH.
Girls 109: McKinley’s Tammy Le in. Nakia James beats Aarica Barcina, pinning her in 2:48. Le beat Waianae’s Angessa Newman 10-0. James has been near the top of this class all year, battling it out with Barcina. James won Officials, took second in the West and second in the OIA championships behind Le. Le didn’t enter the conversation in this division until divisionals, where she was second in the East. James is hungry, she was second at states last year but exorcized that demon by beating Barcina here. McKinley’s last state champ was Melissa Orden in 2002. The Mules haven’t had a state champ since Malama Sylve at 220 in 2000.
Girls 105: It will be Moanalua’s Angela Enos vs. Pearl City state champ Breanne Takaesu. Enos beat Anika Pascual with a pin in 2:48 and Takaesu stopped Karley Kauili of Molokai in 5:01. Takaesu beat Enos at Officials but Enos turned the tables on her in the OIA championships, so this should be a good one. Takaesu is a defending state champ, Enos was third last year. Na Menehune used to won girls wrestling, but Enos can bring them their first state crown since Alicia Fu at 155 in 2006.
Girls 101: Stacia Al-Mahoe of Kapolei with the upset, beating top seed Malie Gonsalves of Waianae 8-7. She will wrestle Campbell’s Kalissa Pundyke, who beat ‘Iolani’s Samantha Wong 6-5. These close matches in the semis are what make the state tournament what it is. Mahoe is the sleeper here, she was third in the West and fourth in the OIA before making her run at states. Pundyke was second at Officials and won the Paani before slipping to second behind Gonsalves in the West and OIA championships. Niether one of these wrestlers has placed in state.
Girls 97: Top seed Maia Phanthadara of Roosevelt gets into the final with a pin in 2:49 of Iverly Navarro of Lahainaluna. She will face Punahou’s Chieko Sarah Imai, who beat Chelsey Chaves of Maui 11-9. Phanthadara took third at state last year and won Officials and OIA. Imai took third at Officials but that seems so long ago. She was second at Paani but rallied to win the ILH. Imai can give Punahou its second straight state title at this weight, Thai Ha Sloan won it last year. Roosevelt won the first three titles at this weight with Clarissa Chun taking the first two and Whitney Rabacal following her with the crown in 2000. Roosevelt’s last state champ was 2011, when Marissa Fukunaga won at 122. Punahou has had at least one state champ for the last nine years, the longest current streak.
Boys team scores: Lahainaluna leads Pearl City 126-116.5 after the semifinals. Kamehameha is third with 92, followed by Campbell (88.5) and Punahou (85.5).
Boys 285: Campbell’s Toese Tia spent the morning hobbling around on crutches to protect an ankle injury that he said happened off the mat. He was adamant during weigh-ins that he would be taking the mat today. Tia didn’t make it, forfeiting to put leilehua’s Maake Muti into the final. Tia said it was his knee, it popped out during training and he can usually pop it back in but not this time. Muti will face Pearl City’s Jordan Fuamatu, who beat Lahainaluna’s Connor Mowat 5-1. That’s an unlikely pairing. Fuamatu was third at Officials and second in the West but rallied to win the OIA. Muti was third in the West and third in OIA but brought his A game to this tournament. Not facing Tia might help him, he wrestled a smart match against the top seed and more time to prepare for a kid he has seen before can only help him.
Boys 220: Top seed Dayton Furuta pinned Makoa Gaughen Haili of Kamehameha-Hawaii in 1:40, Tristan Ludiazo of Campbell beat Pearl City’s Jackson Fuamatu 11-3. This might be the best match on TV, these guys always bring it and go down to the wire. Furuta was fifth in state last year and had a rough start to the beginning of the season, not winning a tournament until the OIA championship when he beat Ludiazo late. Furuta was third on Maui and third at Officials.
Boys 195: Haaheo Chan of Keaau pinned Logan Sanborn of Saint Louis in 3:39. Boman Tokioka of Kamehameha made it into the final with a 5-2 win over HPA’s Russell Laros. Tokioka is the ILH champion while Chan is the BIIF king. They have not met this year. Keaau has never had a state champion.
Boys 182: Kapolei’s Moses Wiseman left it all on the mat in a win over Radford’s Gonzalez. The Hurricane was up big but threw up in the center of the mat in the third period and rode the rest of the round out to win 15-7. He will be opposed by top seed Kayde Rodriguez of Waiakea, who beat Maui Lee of Pearl City 12-10. Wiseman didn’t compete at this class until the OIA West championships and he is undefeated since then. Rodriguez worked away on the big island and won the BIIF title. Kapolei has never had a boys state champion. Waiakea has not had a state champ since 2008.
Boys 171: Pearl City’s Christian Vaana Kikuyama into the final. Kikuyama beat Spencer Kiehm 7-6, he will be opposed by Castle’s Rodney Williams, who beat Kamehameha’s Jonah Hoshino 3-1. Should be a good one. Both of these guys placed in state last year, Williams taking third and Kikuyama taking sixth. Williams suffered a hiccup with a second place in the OIA/ILH tournament at the end of December but has won everything else. Kikuyama started his season with a second place at MIT, took third at Officials and another third at the end of December. He took second in the OIA behind Williams as the OIA West champ. Castle has not had a boys state champ since Mark Grammer in 1998.
Boys 160: Cooper pins Waki. Christian Agmata of Punahou joins him in what may be the match of the tournament, an 8-6 win over Leilehua’s Lono. It was pretty loud in that corner, looked like a late takedown did it. The time on Cooper’s pin is 2:15. Cooper, who is going for his third state title, has won every tournament he has entered this year, even traveling to Maui and winning there. Agmata was fifth at Officials but rebounded to win the ILH. Punahou’s boys have won a title in each of the last 10 years, the second longest current streak behind Kamehameha’s 11.
Boys 152: Solomon in. Tristan Kamaka of Leilehua joins him. Solomon pinned Allan Ikehara in 1:48. Kamaka beat Graziano 4-3. The top two wrestlers in the OIA, Solomon beat Kamaka for that title. Solomon, who was third at state last year, won Officials where Kamaka took third. This is the best of the OIA East vs. the best of the OIA West. Kalaheo hasnt had a state champ since 1997.
Boys 145: Jaramillo in. Corbett in. Bubba beat Swayne Lunasco of Castle by default and Corbett shut out Baldwin’s Keian Inouye 4-0. Corbett and Jaramillo have been 1 and 2 in the class for most of the year. Jaramillo, a state champ, won on Maui and Corbett took officials but they have avoided each other until now. Corbett was fifth in state last year. Radford was once a power in state wrestling, but hasnt had an individual champ since Sean Collins in 1999. They had 35 titles before that.
Boys 138: Mililani’s Brayden Akeo advances to the bright lights of TV. Akeo will take on Iolani’s Brian Pascua. Akeo beat Wyatt Chism of Lahainaluna 10-0, Pascua looked very good in a 4-2 win over a tough Thomas Stevenson of Baldwin. Akeo has won all year, the only blemish being a loss to Terao at MIT. He won Officials, the West and the OIA. Pascua is hot, though. He finished fifth on Maui and fifth again at Officials but recovered to win the ILH championship. Akeo is going for his third title.
Boys 132: Zack Diamond vs. Joshua Terao, as expected. Terao beat Bishop Morris 13-2 while Diamond beat Crimmons 6-3. Terao one win away from his fourth state title. Terao and Diamond have been 1 and 2 all year, Terao beat him at Officials.
Boys 126: Alex Ursua of Pearl City makes the final where he will face Moanalua’s Chevy Tabiolo Felicilda. That’s three losses in the finals for Kapolei, that’s got to be disappointing. They were set up well. Urusa beat Lahainaluna’s Domingo 7-4, Felicilda had an easier time with Kapolei’s Aaron Nakama, 12-2. Ursua, a defending state champ, won MIT, Officials, the West and OIAs this year. Fecilda was fourth at Officials, first in the East and second behind Ursua in the OIA championships.
Boys 120: Christian Balagso of Lahainaluna and Moanalua’s Antonio Ruiz will face off in the final. Balagso beat William Spain in 1:54 while Ruiz slipped past Campbell’s Christian Natividad 9-8. Balagso is the STar-Advertiser’s top wrestler at this weight, Ruiz came from out of nowhere to go from No. 9 to the final after taking only fourth in the OIA. He was the East champ, though. Balagso, who was a runenr up at state last year, won Officials, MIT and Maui championship at this weight this year.
Boys 113: Chance Ikei and Zach Wigzell will be in the final. Ikei upset top seed Blaysen Terukina 6-4 in one semi, the first really big upset. Lahainaluna’s Zach Wigzell beat Shandon Ilabon Totten 10-5. Wigzell is No. 5 and Ikei is No 7. They have not met at this weight this year.
Boys 106 Finals: Cameron Kato, Punahou, vs. Cody Cabanban, Saint Louis.
Kato had little problem with Valeriano, beating him 15-5. Cabanban and Kapolei’s Jayson Pagurayan seemed to be waging a war until the Crusader stuck him at 3:56. Kato is No. 2 in the Star-Advertiser rankings while Cabanban is No. 3. Kato has had the edge on him all year, finishing ahead of him at Officials and the ILH championships. Saint Louis has not had a state champ since 2008.