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LIVE BLOG: Finals of the OIA wrestling championships

By Billy Hull on February 8, 2020

The finals matchups are set and will begin at approximately 8 p.m. in the OIA wrestling championships. Updates will follow below. Only three top seeds failed to make the final. >> PHOTO GALLERY: OIA championships The marquee final comes in the boys 152-pound division as No. 3 pound-for-pound Branden Pagurayan of Kapolei will face No. 6 pound-for-pound Boltyn Taam of Moanalua. Three boys and five girls participating in the finals are ranked in Hawaii Prep World’s pound-for-pound rankings. UPDATE: Mats […]

Paige Respicio a win away from another ILH slam for Kamehameha

By Jerry Campany on February 8, 2020

For the third straight year, Kamehameha is ready to crown another all-time great. Paige Respicio will be going for her fourth ILH title today in her home gym, following the slams achieved by Ashley Gooman last year and Zion Grace Vierra in 2018. Respicio would become the eighth Warrior to achieve the feat. The only one who can keep her from the glory is a teammate. She is the top seed at 140 pounds and has a bye to the […]

Slam season begins for Kamehameha’s Kysen Terukina

By Jerry Campany on February 8, 2020

There is no rule saying you have to have a legendary name to win four ILH titles for Kamehameha, it only seems that way. Kysen Terukina will aim at the honor at today’s ILH Championships at Kamehameha, trying to join his brother, Blaysen Terukina from 2016, and Jacob Luning-Hoshino from 2011 as the only Warriors to accomplish the feat. Terukinas from Kamehameha have won 10 ILH crowns over the years when you add in Shayden‘s haul. Hoshinos have won six. […]


Baldwin’s Coby Ravida going for rare MIL slam

By Jerry Campany on February 7, 2020

Until last year, it hadn’t happened in forever. Now lightning can strike two years in a row. Kawehi Gillcoat completed the MIL slam last season on his way to a runner-up finish at states, and now it is Coby Ravida’s turn. The Baldwin lightweight is the top seed at 120 pounds in this weekend’s MIL Championships at Kamehameha-Maui. He won his first two championships at 106 pounds before stepping up and taking the gold at 113 last year. Ravida’s brother […]

Moanalua girls hit OIA championships with momentum

By Jerry Campany on February 7, 2020

After dismantling the OIA East last week, the Moanalua girls wrestling team is stepping up in class. Na Menehune had eight girls at the top of the podium last week, breaking the record of seven at an OIA East Division championships set by the 2007 Kahuku squad. Now that the OIA championships are here, Moanalua is looking for more. For all of their efforts at Farrington, only two Na Menehune received top seeds for today and Saturday’s tournament in Lana […]

Moanalua’s Elijah Asuncion, Kapolei’s Branden Pagurayan have tough draws at OIA championships

By Jerry Campany on February 7, 2020

Two boys going for their third league titles have significant roadblocks in their way. Kapolei’s Branden Pagurayan and Elijah Asuncion of Moanalua will try to triple up on OIA championships beginning today, and are the top seeds in their respective weight classes. Pagurayan, a junior on his way to the slam, can meet Moanalua’s Boltyn Taam in the final at 152 pounds. Taam is the reigning OIA king at 160 pounds after taking the ILH title at 145 in 2018 […]

Kapolei’s Branden Pagurayan rooting for stacked state bracket at 152

By Jerry Campany on February 2, 2020

Having laid waste to the OIA West, Kapolei’s Branden Pagurayan has bigger things in mind.  Paguraya, who is halfway to a state slam as a junior, dominated the OIA West Division championships at Pearl City on Saturday, earning two stoppages and a 19-5 major decision over Campbell’s Malcolm Bell in the final. It was Pagurayan’s third West crown, more than anyone in school history.  Pagurayan, ranked No. 3 in Hawaii Prep World’s pound-for-pound rankings, says he treated it like any other tournament, but there […]

Waianae’s Tiare Carlson continues winning ways at OIA West championships

By Jerry Campany on February 1, 2020

Waianae’s Tiare Carlson and Anissa Wright of Campbell found themselves locked in a 2-2 tie halfway through their match for the 145-pound title at the OIA West Championships at Pearl City on Saturday.  Carlson, who pinned Wright in 2 minutes, 42 seconds at the Paani Challenge, earned a takedown in the first period but suffered a reversal to tie it up in the second. Desperate to keep her long winning streak alive, Carlson went from fierce competitor to friend in an instant.  […]