Each year, Hawaii Prep World puts out its pound-for-pound wrestling rankings for both boys and girls. Coaches and officials are consulted to put together the best possible rankings.
UPDATED: January 13 (Boys), January 12 (Girls)
Here are your updated boys wrestling pound-for-pound rankings as of January 13. Saint Louis’ Corey Cabanban moves past ‘Iolani’s KJ Pascua for the No. 1 spot.
1. Corey Cabanban, Saint Louis
2016 state champion (113), 2015 state champion (106)
2016 ILH champion (113), 2015 ILH champion (108)
2016 Officials champion (120), 2015 Officials champion (113)
It’s time for Cabanban to reach the top as a two-time state champion and undefeated wrestler in his high school career. He doesn’t destroy everyone, but he gets it done no matter who is across from him and the list of challengers is stacked with talent seeming to line up to join his weight class rather than run away.
2. KJ Pascua, Iolani
2016 state second (152), 2015 state champ (145), 2014 state second (138)
2016 ILH champion (152), 2015 ILH champion (147), 2014 ILH champion (138)
2016 Officials champion (170), 2015 Officials champion (152), 2014 Officials champion (145)
That Pascua looked so good at Officials is amazing considering he was still in football shape, but a second close win against Campbell’s Noah Respicio at Moanalua shows that there are some cracks there. Still, he is among the elite in the state and could return to the top if Cabanban gets stuck sometime.
3. Micah Tynanes, Campbell
2016 state champ (195), 2015 state third (182),
2016 OIA champ (195),
2016 Officials champ (220), 2015 Officials champ (195)
Tynanes is in a perfect spot here, his hot start is probably even more impressive than Pascua’s considering his knee woes. Jumping up to beat Yamashiro at 285 was legendary even though it made for a less than exciting match. It did show a that he has developed skills as good as anyone in the state and is not against channeling his inner Teniya Alo and pushing them to the limits of weight classes.
4. Jayson Pagurayan, Kapolei
2016 State sixth (120), 2015 state second (106), 2014 state third (106)
2016 OIA champ (120), 2015 OIA champ (106), 2014 OIA champ (106),
2014 Officials champ (106), 2013 Officials champ (106).
Like with the girls pound-for-pound, there is a dropoff after the top three. The judo ace is fourth on this list for his career resume, which is spectacular until states. I am still researching and only go back to 1998, but I can’t find a four-time OIA champion who never won a state title. He has close losses to Cabanban and Campbell’s Triston Santos this year but bumped up to take on Santos.
5. Zayren Terukina, Campbell
2016 state third (126)
2016 OIA champion (126)
2016 Officials champion
Terukina destroyed everyone at Officials and is still unbeaten after being largely unchallenged last week. His presence at 126 combined with Cabanban locking up 120 will make next month very interesting.
6. Kysen Terukina, Kamehameha
2016 Officials champion (113)
The face of Kamehameha’s impressive youth movement probably holds their best bet at a state title even though he narrowly beat Kapolei’s Andre Pagurayan last month. He shut out his only opponent last week.
7. Logan Garcia, Moanalua
2016 state champ (106)
2016 OIA champ (106)
Garcia came off the mat to win Officials after suffering an upset to Mililani’s Casey Nitta at MIT. He avenged that loss and is the class of the lightweights. He also pushed Pagurayan at Officials.
8. Dane Yamashiro, Iolani
2016 state champ (285)
2016 ILH champ (285)
2016 Officials (285)
It’s a little harsh to drop a state champion who owns his weight class for losing to one of the best wrestlers in the state, all Yamashiro has done is win except for one match against Tynanes. Like a true heavyweight, that came down to which wrestler hit the mat second and it was Yamashiro this time.
9. Makoa Cooper, Pearl City
2016 Officials champion (152)
With two Terukinas on this list we had to have a Cooper. Cooper’s only test this year came from a tough Nicholas Kim of Mililani at Officials, otherwise he has been untouchable including two wins last week at Kamehameha.
10. Triston Santos, Campbell
2016 state second (113), 2015 state champion (113)
2016 OIA champ (113), 2015 OIA Champ (113),
The last spot in the top 10 could go to any number of wrestlers, but Santos gets it for his two state finals and recent win over Pagurayan.
11. Joseph Fong, Pac-Five
2016 state fourth (132), 2015 state second (126)
2015 ILH champ (128),
2016 Officials champ (138)
2016 Officials results: Beat Elijah Ukauka (Castle), 9-0;Beat Dayton Espisito (Roosevetl), 4-3;Beat Caele Manley (Molokai), 8-1;Beat No. 8 Ke’ale Keliinoi (Waianae), 10-5
12. Kainalu Estrella, Lahainaluna
2016 state second (120), 2015 state third (113)
2016 MIL champ (120), 2015 MIL champ (113)
2016 Officials champion (126)
2016 MIT champ (132)
2016 Officials results: Beat Zachary Urabe (Punahou) TF 19-3; Beat Anson Ursua (Saint Louis) MD 15-6; Beat Kaua Nishigaya (iolani) 12-5; Beat Nick Stefanelli (Punahou) 3-1.
2016 MIT results: Beat Evan Nishida (Pac-Five) 18-3; Pinned Billy Treu (Baldwin) 1:59; Beat Joshua Matsumoto (Pac-Five) 18-9; Beat Juaquin Samaniego (Molokai) 19-7.
13. Sai Fautanu, Iolani
2016 state second (182)
2016 ILH champ (182),
2015 Officials champ (182)
14. Jayden Ferrerira, Baldwin
2016 Officials champion
2016 MIT champion
2016 Officials results: Pinned Kyler Navarro-Hiwauli (Waianae) 3:55; Pinned Rustin Worley (Leilehua), 1:16; Pinned Atiui Valu (Waianae) 1:42; Pinned Sheydan Dano (Kamehameha), 3:13
2016 MIT results: Beat Andrew Choi (Kaiser) 16-8; Beat Fagatogo Sotoa (Kapolei) 4-3; Beat Damien Agao Casabar (Moanalua) 7-6
15. Alexandre Mimura, Pac-Five
2016 state third (138), 2015 state sixth (132)
2016 Officials champion
2016 MIT champion
2016 Officials results: Beat Johnathan Hobby (Kalani) MD 18-7; Beat Shyston Saragosa (Kapolei) MD 8-0; Beat Kason Nitahara (Kamehameha) TF 17-2; Beat Zhacary Carreiro (Waianae) MD 15-2
2016 MIT results: Pinned Keaka Kuaana (Lahainaluna) 3:10; Pinned Prince-Maui Aweau (Kapolei) 1:56; Beat Demytri Dameg (Lanai) 5-2; Beat Ryley Boutain (Benicia) 4-1.
16. Kainoa Torigoe, Iolani
2016 Officials champ, (106), 2015 Officials champ (106)
2016 Officials results: Beat Colby Ravida (Baldwin) by MD, 17-7; Pinned Joe-Kila Faafiu (Leilehua) 0:56; Beat Brant Porter (Kamehameha) 7-2; Pinned Jayse Lalim-Rillon (Molokai) 5:01
17. Brandon Burgos, Aiea
2016 state fourth (170)
2016 Officials champ (160)
2016 Officials results: Pinned Reeno Pascual (Lahainaluna) 5:24; Pinned Andrew Olson (Mililani) 5:37; Beat Kaysen Takenaka (Iolani) 16-6; Beat Braden Suzuki-Scott (Kamehameha) 7-2.
18. Ke’ale Keliinoi, Waianae
2016 state second (126), 2015 state sixth (120)
2016 MIT champ (138)
2016 Officials results:Pinned Tahj Ressureccion (Leilehua), 2:23;Beat Zeff Dudoit (Lahainaluna), 15-2; Beat Steven Pangelinan (Campbell), 4-2;Lost to No. 9 Joseph Fong (Pac-Five), 10-5
2016 MIT results: Pinned Cameron Nishida (Pac-Five) 2:59; Pinned Hauoli Caparida 2:51; Beat Noah Wusstig (Moanalua) 9-2; Beat Caele Manley (Molokai) 5-1
19. Lincoln Mussell, Pac-Five
2015 state fourth (160)
2016 Officials champ
2016 Officials results: Pinned Felix Dellatan 3:58; Beat Gabriel Lelesch (Kailua) 5-3; Beat Gage Whitehead (Kahuku) 5-3; Beat Alize Wright (Campbell) 6-3
2016 MIT results: Pinned Alid Schmidt (St. Thomas More) 0:50; Pinned Jeron Justo (Moanalua) 0:41; Lost to Aaron Bito (Moanalua) 8-5
20. Nick Stefanelli, Punahou
2016 state fourth (120)
2016 Officials results: Pinned Ezra Bantolina (Moanalua) 0:59; Beat Grant Kawasaki (Aiea) 9-1; Beat Souta Nardi (Baldwin) 8-1; Lost to Kainalu Estrella (Lahainaluna) 3-1.
21. Noah Respicio, Campbell
22. Nicholas Mair, Kaiser
23. Landon Obra Nakata, Damien
2016 state second (106)
24. Ka’au Estrella, KS-Hawaii
2016 BIIF champion
25. Kasey Kikuyama, Pearl City
2016 state fifth (160),
Hare your updated girls wrestling pound-for-pound rankings for January 12 with a brand new face at No. 1.
1. Teniya Alo, Kahuku
2016 state third (122), 2015 state champ (122),
2016 ILH champ (122), 2015 ILH champ (124),
2016 Officials champ (127), 2014 Officials champ (127),
Alo made it her mission to top this list and achieved it by moving up to beat Peralta 5-4 in a tight match at Mililani. She has been her same unstoppable self this year after enduring three surgeries and a shocking loss in last year’s state semifinals. She pinned her way through Officials and looks set to dominate whichever weight class she chooses to compete in, she is looking at 127 or 132. Peralta is the only girl to survive three periods against her.
2. Angela Peralta, Radford
2016 state champ (145), 2015 state second (145), 2014 state third (135)
2016 OIA champ (145), 2015 OIA champ (145), 2014 OIA Champ (135)
2016 Officials champ (145), 2015 Officials champ (145), 2014 Officials champ (145),
Peralta had a good run at the top of the rankings and remains one of Hawaii’s elite and will probably still have her way at 145 pounds after the loss to Alo and is a heavy favorite to pick up her second state title since Alo is the only girl in Hawaii who can compete with her.
3. Iverly Navarro, Lahainaluna (107)
2016 state champ (107), 2015 state third (102), 2014 state third (97)
2016 MIL champ (107), 2015 MIL champ (102),
2016 Officials champ (107), 2015 Officials champ (107)
Navarro drops a spot in these rankings through no fault of her own. She was absolutely dominant at Officials and Pa’ani, pinning her way though both tournaments and seeming to get stronger with each match. She will be going for her third MIL title and will be trying to become one of only three girls to earn their fourth medal at the state tournament this season. The margin between Navarro and Peralta is much smaller than the difference between Navarro and everybody else. Consider these the big three.
4. Kelani Corbett, Leilehua (155)
2016 state champ (155)
2016 Officials champ (155)
2016 Paani champ (155)
The sophomore rockets her way up the rankings after a Pa’ani title and a dominant performance at Mililani last week where she pinned Jacqueline Fuamatu of Pearl City after the Charger survived for a 5-1 loss at Pa’ani, the only time an opponent has gone the distance against her since she burst onto the scene at states. Last year at this time she was just another promising wrestler, now she is among the state’s best and will seriously threaten becoming a four-time state champion.
5. Ira Navarro, Lahainaluna (97)
2016 state third (102),
2016 Officials champ (97)
Navarro’s signature win this season was her 15-second pin of Baldwin’s Tianna Fernandez, but the Bear made it through six minutes at the Pa’ani Challenge before losing 7-2. If Fernandez, a freshman, jumps up to 102 where she won the MIT it leaves Navarro without any real challengers at 97 pounds other than Roosevelt’s Angelynn Baron or Allie Mahoe of Kapolei.
6. Macy Higa, Roosevelt
2016 State champ (112), 2015 state sixth (112),
2016 OIA champ (112)
2016 Officials champ (117)
Higa is a reigning state champion and has looked like it but was pushed by Kamehameha’s Alexis-Nova Posiulai at Mililani. That is nit-picking, though, she could very well be ranked as high as fourth. Her pin of Encinas at states last year puts her this high.
7. Jennie Fuamatu, Pearl City
2016 state second (168),
2016 OIA champ (168)
2016 Officials champ
Fuamatu has been a force since losing to Molokai’s Cendall Manley in last year’s state title match, pinning her way through Officials and Pa’ani and running largely unopposed. She picked up another pin last week at Mililani but didn’t appear to wrestle again.
8. Alexis Encinas, Lahainaluna
2016 state second (112), 2015 state champ (107), 2014 state fifth (101)
2016 MIL champ (112), 2015 MIL champ (107), 2014 MIL champ (101)
2016 Officials champ (112), 2015 Officials champ (112), 2014 Officials champ (107).
This is where it gets muddled, with Encinas beating Gooman but losing to Ikei. By all rights that would put her behind Ikei but pedigree wins out and the three-time state medalist certainly has the chops. Her only stumble was the loss to Ikei in a good match that was close throughout. Encinas is in a very tough class but should cruise into states with nobody to oppose her on Maui.
9. Ashley Gooman, Kamehameha
2016 state champ (102)
2016 ILH champ (102),
2015 Officials champ (102)
Gooman, a sophomore, seems up to the task of repeating as a state champ but she learned at Officials that it won’t come easy with Encinas shutting her out 7-0. She appears to have put in the work to repeat as a state champion, but the other girls in her class have improved as well. She beat Ikei by major decision to end last season, but the margin between them is not that great any more.
10. Tiare-Lynn Ikei, Kaiser
2016 state second (102),
2016 OIA champ (102)
Ikei is a battler and really showed something in her win over Encinas, everyone knew she could be dominant but that was the first match she really showed that she could push back against an opponent who is supposed to be superior to her and never really let Encinas breathe. As good as Ikei has looked, a repeat OIA title is not a given as she seems to have more league competition at her weight class than Encinas and Gooman do.
11. Saydie Kala, Baldwin
2016 state third (168), 2015 state fourth (155)
2015 MIL champ (155), 2014 MIL champ (155)
2016 Officials champ (168), 2015 Officials champ (168)
12. Hannah Kannys, Kaiser
2016 state fifth
13. Donavyn Futa, Kamehameha
2016 state champ (117), 2014 state champ (113)
2016 ILH champ (117), 2014 ILH champ (113)
14. Mikayla Abe, Pearl City
2016 state second (107), 2015 state second (107)
2016 OIA champ (107), 2015 OIA champ (107)
2016 Officials champ (122)
15. Tehani Carlson, Waianae
2016 state champ (122)
2016 OIA champ (122),
2015 Officials champ (122)
16. Taryn Ichimura, Punahou
2016 state third (112), 2015 state second (112),
2016 ILH champ (112), 2015 ILH champ (114),
17. Zion-Grace Vierra, Kamehameha
2016 state fifth (127), 2015 state third (127)
2016 ILH champ (127), 2015 ILH champ (119),
18. Xiaolin Mai, Roosevelt
2016 state third (102),
2016 Officials champ (102)
19. Faith-Joy Okubo, Moanalua
2016 state fourth (127)
2016 Officials champ (132)
20. Kayla Araki, KS-Hawaii
2016 state third (145), 2015 state third (132)
2016 BIIF champ (145), 2015 BIIF champ (132), 2014 BIIF champ (140)
21. Bailey Hoshino, Punahou
2016 state fourth (97), 2015 state champ (97)
2016 ILH champ, 2015 ILH champ
2014 Officials champ
22. Anuhea Hamilton, Waianae
2016 state second (127), 2015 state fifth (127)
23. Lavenia Fotu, Farrington
2016 Officials champ (225)
24. Tianna Fernandez, Baldwin
25. Czarina Pineda-Abaya, Kalani
2016 state fourth (117), 2015 state fourth (117)