Teniya Alo, Kelani Corbett and Zayren Terukina are among the bigger names going for titles at the OIA wrestling championships Friday and Saturday at Leilehua.
Alo, Kahuku’s two-time state champion, is No. 1 in Hawaii Prep World’s pound-for-pound girls rankings, and she is going for the league’s 138-pound title.
One potential obstacle in that bracket is Waianae’s Kamakana Hernandez-Waialae, who won the OIA West on Saturday. OIA West runner-up Wynter Brown of Pearl City is another contender.
Leilehua’s Corbett, No. 2 p4p, is aiming at the 155 crown. A rematch of the OIA West final is possible, if Corbett and Pearl City’s Nina Seoane continue to advance.
Two wrestlers of note, Kapolei’s Allicia Mahoe and Roosevelt’s Xiaolin Mai, could make it to the final at 97 pounds.
Three other pound-for-pound ranked wrestlers are slotted in the brackets released by the OIA on Thursday night — No. 5 Jennie Fuamatu of Pearl City (168), No. 8 Tiare Ikei of Kaiser (112) and No. 9 Macy Higa of Roosevelt (117).
(These rankings will be updated Friday morning).
Another possible girls final to keep an eye out for, if the two girls can get that far, is at 122 pounds, where Pearl City’s Makana Cooper, the OIA West champion, and Moanalua’s Amanda Higa are entered.
Lavenia Fotu of Farrington, who wrestles at 220 and is No. 6 p4p, is not listed in the brackets released Thursday. That would keep her out of the state tournament.
She has recently been ranked as high as No. 2 in the country at 225 pounds.
On the boys side, there appears to be some heavy competition at 126 and 170.
At 126, No. 9 p4p Logan Garcia of Moanalua is in the same bracket as Leilehua’s Isaac Stalcup and Campbell’s Brock Gooman.
At 170, four warriors who went at it heavily at the OIA West meet will be back at it again — OIA West champ Kasey Kikuyama of Pearl City, No. 6 p4p Kachi Respicio of Campbell, Gianni Oyadomari of Kapolei and Keanu Punley of Leilehua.
Respcio won the Officials tournament, but lost two matches at the OIA West meet.
No. 2 Zayren Terukina of Campbell (145), No. 3 Makoa Cooper of Pearl City (160), No. 7 Christian Tavares of Radford (138) No. 8 Brett Barefoot of Leilehua (182), and No. 10 Alize Wright of Campbell (195) are also scheduled to wrestle Friday and Saturday.
Wright beat Kapolei’s Tao Tuulima 6-5 in the 195-pound OIA West final and a rematch at Leilehua is possible.
The boys and girls brackets follow.