Wrestling rankings: Boys MW (160-182)

by Jerry Campany on January 2, 2014

Welcome to Hawaiiprepworld.com’s attempt at wrestling rankings. I can only rank based on results that I know, so please either email me directly at sapreps808@gmail.com or place your reports in the comments below. If I get one or two people saying that they saw a result, I will try my best to confirm it. If I get three, I will consider it fact. I try to take head-to-head into account first, but if a wrestler wears the label ‘state placer,’ he will always get a bump from me. You will see some wrestlers ranked in more than one weight class. As long as they have competed in that weight class in the past month, they will be ranked there. They will drop out immediately if a month lapses.

Thank you in advance for your results, together we can make this work. I intend on updating these every Sunday night at the least, but may pop in with updates as I get them. On Saturday I am leaning toward going to the ILH, and have Pearl City results covered. All I really need from the other sites is someone with a keen eye to give me results any time anyone in a top 10 is in action, and the result of those matches.

Pearl City's Blake Cooper is a lock to repeat as a state champion. Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Pearl City’s Blake Cooper is a lock to repeat as a state champion. Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser

****************************February 23 update***********************************************************

160
1. Blake Cooper, Pearl City
2. Francis Taua, Campbell
3. Troy Williams, Castle
4. Lopaka Lono, Leilehua
5. Christian Agmata, Punahou
6. Thomas Rosen St. John, Lahainaluna
7. Matthew Aguigui, Radford
8. Hoku Kahookaulana, Pahoa
9. Steven Chan, Damien
10. Troy Waki, Baldwin

170
1. Rodney Williams, Castle
2. Spencer Kiehm, Iolani
3. Jonah Hoshino, Kamehameha
4. Kristian Vaana Kikuyama, Pearl City
5. Kaleo Holt, Konawaena
6. Tavian Del Rosario, Lanai
7. Zorich Palimoo, Moanalua
8. Skylar Baab, Radford
9. Angel Marrero, Leilehua
10. Ian Ramirez, Punahou

182
1. Moses Wiseman, Kapolei
2. Maui Lee, Pearl City
3. William Domen, Waianae
4. Connor Rosen St. John, Lahainaluna
5. James Sullivan, Campbell
6. Pablo Gonzalez, Radford
7. Kayed Rodriguez, Waiakea
8. Joseph Hoshino, Kamehameha
9. Jess Kanongataa, Kahuku
10. Kaimana Young, Saint Louis

****************************February 20 update***********************************************************

160
1. Blake Cooper, Pearl City
2. Troy Williams, Castle
3. Lopaka Lono, Leilehua
4. Francis Taua, Campbell
5. Gabriel Meyer, Pac-Five
6. Matthew Aguigui, Radford
7. Christian Agmata, Punahou
8. Thomas Rosen St. John, Lahainaluna
9. Hoku Kahookaulana, Pahoa
10. Jacob Smeltzer, Kapolei

Cooper still rules here, winning the West while Williams took the East. After that it gets difficult. Lono keeps the third spot despite taking third in the West, but Taua, who finished second, moves from No. 10 to No. 4. Thomas Rosen St. John made his first appearance here that I know of and jumps in at No. 8 with Kahookaulana coming in after him with his BIIF championship. Smeltzer sticks around at No. 10 for his sixth at Officials.

170
1. Rodney Williams, Castle
2. Jonah Hoshino, Kamehameha
3. Spencer Kiehm, ‘Iolani
4. Kristian Vaana Kikuyama, Pearl City
5. Thomas Rosen St. John, Lahainaluna
6. Kaleo Holt, Konawaena
7. Skyler Baab, Radford
8. Zorich Palimo’o, Moanalua
9. Christian Naeole, ‘Iolani
10. Micah Tynanes-Perez, Campbell

Williams took the East and Kikuyama took the West and probably should move up but I am kind of out of it with the ILH. Holt jumps in behind Rosen St. John for winning the BIIF and Polimo’o starts at 8 after finishing second in the East. Austin Kan-Hai of Kamehameha-Maui won this week, he is one to watch.

182
1. Maui Michael Lee III, Pearl City
2. William Domen, Waianae
3. Moses Wiseman, Kapolei
4. Pablo Gonzalez, Radford
5. James Sullivan, Campbell
6. Jess Kanongataa, Kahuku
7. Taaga Tuulima, ‘Iolani
8. Kayed Rodriguez, Waiakea
9. Shaundale Magnani, Kapolei
10. Christian Naole, Iolani

Now this is more like the tough decisions and chaos I expected when I started this. What chaos? Wiseman won the West over Lee, Domen and the rest of the talent stacked out there. So where to put him? One win is not enough to overcome the guys who finished 1-2 at both MIT and Officials, so I jump him in at No. 3. In that gauntlet, he could go without placing on Saturday or he could win the whole thing. Kanongataa won the East, but is no better than sixth here behind five guys from the West. Rodriguez enters at No. 8 for winnning the BIIF.

****************************January 28 update***********************************************************

160
1. Blake Cooper, Pearl City
2. Troy Williams, Castle
3. Lopaka Lono, Leilehua
4. Gabriel Meyer, Pac-Five
5. Matthew Aguigui, Radford
6. Colton Truitt, Mililani
7. Christian Agmata, Punahou
8. Jacob Smeltzer, Kapolei
9. Caleb Cardus, Waianae
10. Francis Taua, Campbell

170
1. Rodney Williams, Castle
2. Jonah Hoshino, Kamehameha
3. Spencer Kiehm, ‘Iolani
4. Kristian Vaana Kikuyama, Pearl City
5. Thomas Rosen St. John, Lahainaluna
6. Christian Naeole, ‘Iolani
7. Skyler Baab, Radford
8. Micah Tynanes-Perez, Campbell
9. Steven Chan, Damien
10. Tavian Del Rosario, Lanai

182
1. Maui Michael Lee III, Pearl City
2. William Domen, Waianae
3. Pablo Gonzalez, Radford
4. James Sullivan, Campbell
5. Taaga Tuulima, ‘Iolani
6. Jess Kanongataa, Kahuku
7. Christian Naeole, Iolani
8. Thomas Nitta, Pac-Five
9. Kaulu Obrey, Kealakehe
10. Shaundale Magnani, Kapolei

JANUARY 17 UPDATE

160
1. Blake Cooper, Pearl City
2. Troy Williams, Castle
3. Lopaka Lono, Leilehua
4. Gabriel Meyer, Pac-Five
5. Matthew Aguigui, Radford
6. Colton Truitt, Mililani
7. Christian Agmata, Punahou
8. Jacob Smeltzer, Kapolei
9. Caleb Cardus, Waianae
10. Francis Taua, Campbell

170
1. Jonah Hoshino, Kamehameha
2. Rodney Williams, Castle
3. Spencer Kiehm, ‘Iolani
4. Kristian Vaana Kikuyama, Pearl City
5. Thomas Rosen St. John, Lahainaluna
6. Christian Nacole, ‘Iolani
7. Skyler Baab, Radford
8. Micah Tynanes-Perez, Campbell
9. Steven Chan, Damien
10. Tavian Del Rosario, Lanai

182
1. Maui Lii Lee, Pearl City
2. William Domen, Waianae
3. Pablo Gonzalez, Radford
4. James Sullivan, Campbell
5. Taaga Tuulima, ‘Iolani
6. Jess Kanongataa, Kahuku
7. Christian Naole, Iolani
8. Thomas Nitta, Pac-Five UP ONE SPOT
9. Kaulu Obrey, Kealakehe UP ONE SPOT
10. Shaundale Magnani, Kapolei DOWN TWO SPOTS

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JANUARY 5 UPDATE

160
1. Blake Cooper, Pearl City
2. Troy Williams, Castle
3. Lopaka Lono, Leilehua
4. Gabriel Meyer, Pac-Five
5. Matthew Aguigui, Radford
6. Colton Truitt, Mililani
7. Christian Agmata, Punahou
8. Jacob Smeltzer, Kapolei
9. Caleb Cardus, Waianae
10. Francis Taua, Campbell

Well, what do we have here? Blake Cooper wins at Kamehameha as expected, but he beat Kevin Efta and not Lopaka Lono, who was previously No. 3. So what do you do, move Meyer, who went 1-2 at officials, ahead of Lono? I don’t think so, but for Efta to bounce back from an 18-8 loss at officials to presumably a win at Kamehameha puts Lono on notice. That is one of the few matches I NEED to see results for. UPDATE: I got the results, Efta and Lono did not wrestle, it was a three man bracket with Cooper and Lono on one side. That takes ranking Efta out of the mix, putting Taua in the No. 10 spot. Truitt pinned Smeltzer this week, I am putting him sixth and dropping Agmata to seventh.

170
1. Jonah Hoshino, Kamehameha
2. Rodney Williams, Castle
3. Spencer Kiehm, ‘Iolani
4. Kristian Vaana Kikuyama, Pearl City
5. Thomas Rosen St. John, Lahainaluna
6. Christian Nacole, ‘Iolani
7. Skyler Baab, Radford
8. Micah Tynanes-Perez, Campbell
9. Steven Chan, Damien
10. Tavian Del Rosario, Lanai

When I walked into the gym at Kamehameha and saw the brackets, this was the one I wanted to see: Hoshino vs. Kikuyama in the semis. Unfortunately, I had to get over to watch some swimming and abandoned it halfway through the JV semis. Hoshino defended the top spot and went on to win, and you can’t punish Kikuyama for that, although he and Rosen St. John were close. Williams probably should be No. 1 after Officials, but second at states still trumps third at states, but I won’t be afraid to bump him up to No. 1 even though they won’t wrestle each other. I can’t do it the same week Hoshino beat NO. 3, though. I still have not seen Kiehm, but expect to have Campbell results today or at the very least see him on Saturday. UPDATE: And here comes Kiehm. He took third this week with a 3-1 loss to Williams before pinning Baab. And then Williams forfeited to give Iolani’s Christian Nacole the title. Nacole didn’t walk into it, though, beating both Baab and Tynanes-Perez. This is the kind of chaos we like, and I can’t help but be wrong no matter what I do. But I am putting Kiehm third ahead of Kikuyama (by virtue of state pedigree, and just barely) and Nacole sixth right behind Rosen St. John. Baab takes his rightful place ahead of Tynanes-Perez. This is an interesting weight class. Someone with knowledge pointed out Williams win over Hoshino at Officials trumping everything and I think I finally agree. But I am going to wait a week.

182
1. Maui Lii Lee, Pearl City
2. William Domen, Waianae
3. Pablo Gonzalez, Radford
4. James Sullivan, Campbell
5. Taaga Tuulima, ‘Iolani
6. Jess Kanongataa, Kahuku
7. Christian Naole, Iolani
8. Shaundale Magnani, Kapolei
9. Thomas Nitta, Pac-Five
10. Kaulu Obrey, Kealakehe

Kanongataa won at Kamehameha after taking fifth at Officials. Sullivan took care of business at Campbell. That’s pretty much all you need to know here, no changes to the rankings this week.

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I intend to update rankings for each weight class as the year goes by, here are the boys from 160-182. December results and state pedigree are the only factors weighed in. Results from neighbor islands are very hard to come by, I will take any results you have at jcampany@staradvertiser.com. This list is completely subjective and will be so throughout the season, feel free to correct me and corrections will be taken into account next week.

160
1. Blake Cooper, Pearl City
2. Troy Williams, Castle
3. Lopaka Lono, Leilehua
4. Gabriel Meyer, Pac-Five
5. Matthew Aguigui, Radford

This is Blake Cooper’s world, and the only thing anyone can do to prevent it is bring his brother back. Cooper, the reigning state champion, won both at Maui and at Officials and won them easily. Williams, a state placer, is easily the second-best wrestler here, but it is a long way to No. 1. Lono, Meyer and Aguigui did well as long as Cooper wasn’t on the mat with them, Meyer was second on Maui.

170
1. Jonah Hoshino, Kamehameha
2. Rodney Williams, Castle
3. Kristian Vaana Kikuyama, Pearl City
4. Thomas Rosen St. John, Lahainaluna
5. Micah Tynanes-Perez, Campbell

A little disclaimer before I write this one up: I always take the aggressor. That’s why Hagler was better than Leonard and Pacquiao is better than Mayweather. If the other guy can’t stop you form moving forward, you win. That might not be the right way to judge a fight, but it’s my way of judging a fight. That said, that philosophy has nothing to do with this weight class. Williams beat Hoshino in a close one at Leilehua but Hoshino is a state runner up. Flip a coin, though, because these two are equals. The best part, though, is that they could wrestle each other 25 times this year and all eyes would be on them each time. Both of them attack relentlessly, trying to impose their will on each other. Although they make the best match, the difference between them and No. 4 is not that great, if they all stay in this class the state tournament is going to be one upset after another. Kikuyama was sixth at state last year, so he knows how to compete and was the runner-up on Maui and third at Leilehua so he could easily rise to the the top spot. Same for St. John, who won on Maui. Tynanes Perez, a freshman, is probably not as good as Skylar Baab of Radford yet, but he gets the fifth spot off of his celebrated last name and a dominating performance over Kevin Yoshimoto of Punahou in the Moanalua finals.

182
1. Maui Lii Lee, Pearl City
2. William Domen, Waianae
3. Pablo Gonzalez, Radford
4. James Sullivan, Campbell
5. Taaga Tuulima, ‘Iolani

No class is as wide open as this one, without a single state placer weighing in here yet this year. Without any champions, it is surprisingly clear-cut after December action with Lii Lee grabbing ahold of the division and making it his own. He beat Domen in the finals at both Maui and Officials, so the only story here will be whether Domen can make up the difference in practice. Gonzalez is a solid No. 3, but there is no guarantee that he is better than Sullivan, who beat Punahou’s Cody Martinson 4-1 in the Moanalua final. Tuulima is a shot in the dark after taking third on Maui, there seem to be only four state contenders in this wide-open division. Officials was a blood bath, with the top seed finishing sixth and the boy who beat him not even reaching the final.

{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

Wrestling Fan January 2, 2014 at 4:28 pm

This is where the boys get way stronger and bigger, but the wrestling gets less artful because of football. Also, there’s more excess weight to lose like every year, but also more weight classes to go to, with less pounds in between.

If Cooper goes down to 152, then Kikuyama should make big noise at 160. You forgot Spencer Kiehm of Iolani, who if healthy, is always around at the end. Wasn’t he a State finalist last year? Got a late start on wrestling, like every year, because of Iolani football.

Would like to see Hoshino finally win one. But Rosen St. John is tough. Rosen St. John should get more credit for taking Maui.

Jerry Campany January 2, 2014 at 6:27 pm

Kiehm was a placer, but I haven’t seen him this year. When he wrestles, he will get a big bump. Basically I just took placers at Maui and Officials and ranked them in the order I have seen them. 170 is stacked, if he is there that would be tough and Campbell kid would certainly drop.

Keep reading, though, I am interested to see how many wrestling fans there are out there. I am new to this, but it seems fourth at Officials hurts Rosen St. John. I don’t know, but it seems so.

I was glad to see Hoshino come out No. 1.

palea24 January 8, 2014 at 10:42 am

Williams(castle) beat Kiehm(Iol) this past week at Campbell. I think it was a 3 or 4 pt victory. Very physical match.

None January 9, 2014 at 7:50 am

Williams (Castle) dominated Hoshino and Kikuyama at the Officials tournament. He also beat Kiehm (Iol) this past week. He should be ranked No.1.

none January 15, 2014 at 1:18 pm

At officials Efta did not lose 18-8. He won that match to move on to Lopaka Lono and lose there.

Leftfieldcoachlikeu January 26, 2014 at 5:19 pm

I think Williams should definitely be #1. Beat Hoshino head to head THIS year and Khiem. Head to head always takes precedent over last years results, especially since Williams is a 2x placer as well. Khiem and Hoshino are going to be back and forth, but I would put my money on Khiem finishing as the champ of this weight class. “Nacole” should be changed to “Naeole” as in his dads name, former NFL player Chris Naeole.

170 could be the most unpredictable weight class because if how deep it is, and 182 could be the weakest weight class. On the other hand, 160 is the easiest weight class to predict its champion.

Jerry Campany January 26, 2014 at 5:22 pm

Thanks, Lefty, I intend to sort this mess out tomorrow.

Talloola25 January 28, 2014 at 1:18 pm

160: No change(Cooper and then everyone else), but keep an eye on Taua from Campbell. He is probably top 5, but don’t know where.
170: Seems fine. Its really the top 5, then everyone else fighting for 6th.
182: No change(seems like top 3 then a gap).

David February 3, 2014 at 12:26 pm

Leilehua’s 170lbs Angel Marrero defeated Campbell”s Micah Tynanes-Perez He also pinned Campbell”s James Sullivan at 182lbs at Moanalua dual meet.

Michael G. Lee Sr. February 4, 2014 at 8:12 am

Hi, Please note, my grandson’s name is Maui Michael Lee the 3rd. Don’t know how it became Lii Lee. Thank you

carol February 14, 2014 at 12:25 pm

Does anyone know if Cooper went down to 152 or Hoshino to 160?

carol February 14, 2014 at 12:26 pm

does anyone know if Hoshino went down to 160 and Cooper to 152?

Talloola February 16, 2014 at 2:33 pm

Cooper stayed at 160 for Westerns. Moses Wiseman dropped to 182 and beat Maui Lee fairly convincingly.

Mika Dog February 18, 2014 at 9:08 am

Christian Naeole has been wrestling at 160 ever since Kiehm got back into the lineup from his injury. Hoshino and Keihm will be on opposite sides for the States and Williams will have to beat both to take States.

Ka Leo o Na Koa February 20, 2014 at 12:59 pm

Rusty Hue Sing from Kamehameha Maui has consistently placed first this season. MIL tournament tomorrow. Tomorrow, he’s wrestling in 160 class.

Jerry Campany February 20, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Thanks, Ka leo, I will look for him. I don’t know yet, but I assume ILH and MIL champions will get big boosts next week since I know so little about them. That’s why I threw BIIF champs in all the rankings even though I am familiar with about three of them.

Maui Info February 22, 2014 at 12:02 am

Thomas MIL champ @ 160 his big bro Conner won @ 182
Tavian from Lanai got it @ 170 and they wrestled tough in the finals.

Talloola February 22, 2014 at 6:34 am

Wiseman had also pinned Domen in their dual meet during the first period.

Talloola February 23, 2014 at 8:04 am

Troy Williams will not be at State.

XXX February 24, 2014 at 7:40 pm

Why is Troy Williams out?

Jerry Campany February 24, 2014 at 9:57 pm

Not sure, XXX, all I know is he didn’t place at OIA and thus didn’t come up at the state seeding meeting. I’m sure Taloola knows, though.

Talloola25 February 25, 2014 at 9:56 am

He sustained multiple concussions during the same match. That didn’t allow him to continue in the tournament.

XXX February 25, 2014 at 7:35 pm

any predictions for Boys finals ?

Talloola25 February 26, 2014 at 12:17 pm

160: Cooper vs. St. John (Cooper winning)
170: Kiehm vs. WIlliams (Williams winning)
182: Hoshino vs. Wiseman (Wiseman winning)

Jerry Campany February 26, 2014 at 1:40 pm

If Taloola is right, it will be five straight years a Cooper has won. Most state titles, same surname, same school:

7: Lee, Saint Louis (Travis, Lawrence, Randy)
6: Casco, Lahainaluna (Lake, Kainoa, Kawika)
5. Cooper, Pearl City (Blake, Raynald)
5. Terao, Mid-Pacific (Joshua, David)
5. Terukina, Campbell (Ben, Darryl)

But if Kiehm can win, he will be the first Raider to win at 171 sine Robert Yamashita in 2002.

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