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Kamehameha’s Paige Respicio joins Midland’s stacked wrestling program

By Jerry Campany on March 31, 2020

After three years in Hall of Honor inductee Ashley Gooman‘s shadow, Paige Respicio decided that it is not such a bad place to be. Respicio, a three-time state champion at Kamehameha, accepted an offer from Midland University in Nebraska to join its successful wrestling program. Please help us welcome our newest Warrior, Paige Respicio!! Paige will be joining us from Kamehameha High School where she won 3 Hawaii state championships! pic.twitter.com/bCrUBRHyj0 — MidlandU Women's Wrestling (@MidlandU_WWR) March 29, 2020 Respicio […]

Remembering 2020’s state wrestling highlights (and lowlight)

By Nick Abramo on February 26, 2020

The memory of all exciting sporting events slowly fade. So perhaps now is a good time to take a moment and reflect on all of the big moments from last weekend’s Texaco/HHSAA Wrestling State Championships before the dimmer switch starts working. Some incredible performances were turned in at Blaisdell Arena. On the opposite side of the spectrum, something not so nice occurred that should not be easily forgotten. An incident Friday that resulted in the arrest of a Leilehua wrestler […]

Final girls pound-for-pound rankings: Lahainaluna’s Nanea Estrella goes out on top

By Hawaii Prep World on February 26, 2020

The final 2019-2020 Hawaii Prep World pound-for-pound rankings for girls wrestling were released in today’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser. You can read the story by clicking here. It was a rare year in which both a boys wrestler and girls wrestler achieved the state slam. Lahainaluna’s Nanea Estrella pinned her way to the state title at 132 pounds to become a four-time champion and end the year No. 1. Here are the final rankings. 1. Nanea Estrella, Lahainaluna senior Previous rank: 1 […]

Final boys wrestling pound-for-pound rankings: Kamehameha takes 3 of top 4 spots

By Hawaii Prep World on February 25, 2020

The final 2019-2020 Hawaii Prep World pound-for-pound rankings for boys wrestling were released in today’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser. You can read the story by clicking here. Kamehameha senior Kysen Terukina capped off his memorable career with a fourth state title and finishes as the No. 1 pound-for-pound wrestler for the second year in a row. The Warriors own three of the top four spots. Here are the final rankings. 1. Kysen Terukina, Kamehameha senior Previous rank: 1 2020 state champ (132), […]

VIDEO AND QUOTES: All 28 finals matches at the HHSAA Wrestling State Championships

By Paul Honda on February 23, 2020

Full match footage from all 28 girls and boys championship finals below, Texaco/HHSAA Wrestling State Championships, Blaisdell Area, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. It case you missed it, here was our Day 1 and Day 2 coverage. UPDATE: Video for Girls 155 final and Boys 126 final has been posted. Girls 97 No. 1 seed Erin Hikiji of Mililani (No. 10 pound-for-pound) def. MIL champion Liana Ferreira of Baldwin, 8-2 “I came in and just kept telling myself to keep wrestling […]

LIVE BLOG: 28 state champions decided in finals of Texaco/HHSAA State Wrestling Championships

By Billy Hull on February 22, 2020

We have made it to the finals of the Texaco/HHSAA State Wrestling Championships at the Blaisdell Arena, which will start at 3:30 p.m. Kamehameha sweeps the boys and girls team titles for the second year in a row. Narahara’s victory clinched the win for the girls. BOYS TEAM SCORES: 1. Kamehameha, 207.5; 2. Punahou, 165; 3. Saint Louis, 136.5; 4. Moanalua, 109; 5. Baldwin, 106.5; 6. Lahainaluna, 88.5; 7. Waianae, 81.5; 8. Kapolei, 80.5; 9. Waiakea, 66; 10. Kalani, 57; […]

Lahainaluna’s Alicia Frank overcomes adversity to reach 117-pound final

By Jerry Campany on February 22, 2020

After using wrestling as a refuge, Lahainaluna’s Alicia Frank is one victory away from joining her school’s long list of state champions. Frank, a two-time MIL champion, beat Campbell’s Kili Terukina 8-6 in the final seconds of her semifinal match at 117 pounds to reach her first final. She finished fifth in the tournament last year and had more than her share of adversity to begin the season. “I started rough,” Frank said. “I was going through personal issues and […]

Three-sport star Legend Matautia trying to finish wrestling career on top

By Nick Abramo on February 22, 2020

Legend Matautia knows how to put people down — not with his words, but with his physical strength. Matautia does that during football season. In the fall, he was a senior linebacker for Punahou. This winter, he’s doing it for the Buffanblu wresting team. Matautia — the reigning 220-pound state champion — is one win away from his second crown in the Texaco/HHSAA Wrestling State Championships. Early Saturday, he pinned Waianae’s Jace Filipo Rodrigues in a mere seven seconds for […]