The boys team title at the Chevron Hawaii State Wrestling Championships will probably come down to the wire, but a lot of how they get there might happen in the semifinals of the 132-pound bracket.
It is the only bracket where the top three schools — Kamehameha, Iolani and Campbell — had all of its wrestlers take care of business and reach the semifinals. The big matchup there pits Campbell’s Zayren Terukina against Iolani’s Colby Watase. Kamehameha’s Matthew Perez faces Christian Tavares of Radford in the other semifinal.
In the team standings, Kamehameha has 67 points, followed by ‘Iolani with 64 and Campbell with 60.
Three other weight classes could come down to finals involving teams in the hunt with Kamehameha’s Trever Kahunahuna and Kaysen Takenaka of Iolani still alive at 160, KJ Pascua of Iolani and Campbell’s Noah Respicio at 170 and Amir Mirza (Kamehameha) and Saiaga Fautanu (Iolani) in the 195-pound class.
None of those matchups are in the semifinals. Below is a chart of each school’s wrestlers, red denotes still alive for a state title.
Iolani still has six wrestlers alive for state championships, if each of them can get the job done they would tie 1999 Kamehameha and 2000 Saint Louis for the most in a single tournament. If Kamehameha can get just one of its five semifinalists across the line, it will be the 15th straight year with at least one champion for the school. Pearl City has the next-longest streak at nine years and Campbell has had a champion four years in a row.
For history buffs, champions on that Kamehameha team were Justin Hussey (125), Kamaka Jingao (145), John Rosa (160), Richard Robles (171), Jordan Orian (189) and David Kapolulu (275).
The Crusaders champions were Troy Takahashi (103), Travis Lee (119), Travis Takahashi (130), Jonathan Spiker (135), Issac Rodrigues (162) and Gerald Welch (189).