Saint Louis’ Cabanban takes over as No. 1 P4P

Corey Cabanban has never lost a high school match. Cindy Ellen Russell / Star-Advertiser
Corey Cabanban has never lost a high school match. Cindy Ellen Russell / Star-Advertiser

Here are your updated boys wrestling pound-for-pound rankings as of January 13. Saint Louis’ Corey Cabanban moves past ‘Iolani’s KJ Pascua for the No. 1 spot.

1. Corey Cabanban, Saint Louis
2016 state champion (113), 2015 state champion (106)
2016 ILH champion (113), 2015 ILH champion (108)
2016 Officials champion (120), 2015 Officials champion (113)
It’s time for Cabanban to reach the top as a two-time state champion and undefeated wrestler this season at 10-0. He doesn’t destroy everyone, but he gets it done no matter who is across from him and the list of challengers is stacked with talent seeming to line up to join his weight class rather than run away.

2. KJ Pascua, Iolani
2016 state second (152), 2015 state champ (145), 2014 state second (138)
2016 ILH champion (152), 2015 ILH champion (147), 2014 ILH champion (138)
2016 Officials champion (170), 2015 Officials champion (152), 2014 Officials champion (145)
That Pascua looked so good at Officials is amazing considering he was still in football shape, but a second close win against Campbell’s Noah Respicio at Moanalua shows that there are some cracks there. Still, he is among the elite in the state and could return to the top if Cabanban gets stuck sometime.

3. Micah Tynanes, Campbell
2016 state champ (195), 2015 state third (182),
2016 OIA champ (195),
2016 Officials champ (220), 2015 Officials champ (195)
Tynanes is in a perfect spot here, his hot start is probably even more impressive than Pascua’s considering his knee woes. Jumping up to beat Yamashiro at 285 was legendary even though it made for a less than exciting match. It did show a that he has developed skills as good as anyone in the state and is not against channeling his inner Teniya Alo and pushing them to the limits of weight classes.

4. Jayson Pagurayan, Kapolei
2016 State sixth (120), 2015 state second (106), 2014 state third (106)
2016 OIA champ (120), 2015 OIA champ (106), 2014 OIA champ (106),
2014 Officials champ (106), 2013 Officials champ (106).
Like with the girls pound-for-pound, there is a dropoff after the top three. The judo ace is fourth on this list for his career resume, which is spectacular until states. I am still researching and only go back to 1998, but I can’t find a four-time OIA champion who never won a state title. He has close losses to Cabanban and Campbell’s Triston Santos this year but bumped up to take on Santos.

5. Zayren Terukina, Campbell
2016 state third (126)
2016 OIA champion (126)
2016 Officials champion
Terukina destroyed everyone at Officials and is still unbeaten after being largely unchallenged last week. His presence at 126 combined with Cabanban locking up 120 will make next month very interesting.

6. Kysen Terukina, Kamehameha
2016 Officials champion (113)
The face of Kamehameha’s impressive youth movement probably holds their best bet at a state title even though he narrowly beat Kapolei’s Andre Pagurayan last month. He shut out his only opponent last week.

7. Logan Garcia, Moanalua
2016 state champ (106)
2016 OIA champ (106)
Garcia came off the mat to win Officials after suffering an upset to Mililani’s Casey Nitta at MIT. He avenged that loss and is the class of the lightweights. He also pushed Pagurayan at Officials.

8. Dane Yamashiro, Iolani
2016 state champ (285)
2016 ILH champ (285)
2016 Officials (285)
It’s a little harsh to drop a state champion who owns his weight class for losing to one of the best wrestlers in the state, all Yamashiro has done is win except for one match against Tynanes. Like a true heavyweight, that came down to which wrestler hit the mat second and it was Yamashiro this time.

9. Makoa Cooper, Pearl City
2016 Officials champion (152)
With two Terukinas on this list we had to have a Cooper. Cooper’s only test this year came from a tough Nicholas Kim of Mililani at Officials, otherwise he has been untouchable including two wins last week at Kamehameha.

10. Triston Santos, Campbell
2016 state second (113), 2015 state champion (113)
2016 OIA champ (113), 2015 OIA Champ (113),
The last spot in the top 10 could go to any number of wrestlers, but Santos gets it for his two state finals and recent win over Pagurayan.


11. Joseph Fong, Pac-Five
2016 state fourth (132), 2015 state second (126)
2015 ILH champ (128),
2016 Officials champ (138)
2016 Officials results: Beat Elijah Ukauka (Castle), 9-0;Beat Dayton Espisito (Roosevetl), 4-3;Beat Caele Manley (Molokai), 8-1;Beat No. 8 Ke’ale Keliinoi (Waianae), 10-5

12. Kainalu Estrella, Lahainaluna
2016 state second (120), 2015 state third (113)
2016 MIL champ (120), 2015 MIL champ (113)
2016 Officials champion (126)
2016 MIT champ (132)
2016 Officials results: Beat Zachary Urabe (Punahou) TF 19-3; Beat Anson Ursua (Saint Louis) MD 15-6; Beat Kaua Nishigaya (iolani) 12-5; Beat Nick Stefanelli (Punahou) 3-1.
2016 MIT results: Beat Evan Nishida (Pac-Five) 18-3; Pinned Billy Treu (Baldwin) 1:59; Beat Joshua Matsumoto (Pac-Five) 18-9; Beat Juaquin Samaniego (Molokai) 19-7.

13. Sai Fautanu, Iolani
2016 state second (182)
2016 ILH champ (182),
2015 Officials champ (182)

14. Jayden Ferrerira, Baldwin
2016 Officials champion
2016 MIT champion
2016 Officials results: Pinned Kyler Navarro-Hiwauli (Waianae) 3:55; Pinned Rustin Worley (Leilehua), 1:16; Pinned Atiui Valu (Waianae) 1:42; Pinned Sheydan Dano (Kamehameha), 3:13
2016 MIT results: Beat Andrew Choi (Kaiser) 16-8; Beat Fagatogo Sotoa (Kapolei) 4-3; Beat Damien Agao Casabar (Moanalua) 7-6

15. Alexandre Mimura, Pac-Five
2016 state third (138), 2015 state sixth (132)
2016 Officials champion
2016 MIT champion
2016 Officials results: Beat Johnathan Hobby (Kalani) MD 18-7; Beat Shyston Saragosa (Kapolei) MD 8-0; Beat Kason Nitahara (Kamehameha) TF 17-2; Beat Zhacary Carreiro (Waianae) MD 15-2
2016 MIT results: Pinned Keaka Kuaana (Lahainaluna) 3:10; Pinned Prince-Maui Aweau (Kapolei) 1:56; Beat Demytri Dameg (Lanai) 5-2; Beat Ryley Boutain (Benicia) 4-1.

16. Kainoa Torigoe, Iolani
2016 Officials champ, (106), 2015 Officials champ (106)
2016 Officials results: Beat Colby Ravida (Baldwin) by MD, 17-7; Pinned Joe-Kila Faafiu (Leilehua) 0:56; Beat Brant Porter (Kamehameha) 7-2; Pinned Jayse Lalim-Rillon (Molokai) 5:01

17. Brandon Burgos, Aiea
2016 state fourth (170)
2016 Officials champ (160)
2016 Officials results: Pinned Reeno Pascual (Lahainaluna) 5:24; Pinned Andrew Olson (Mililani) 5:37; Beat Kaysen Takenaka (Iolani) 16-6; Beat Braden Suzuki-Scott (Kamehameha) 7-2.

18. Ke’ale Keliinoi, Waianae
2016 state second (126), 2015 state sixth (120)
2016 MIT champ (138)
2016 Officials results:Pinned Tahj Ressureccion (Leilehua), 2:23;Beat Zeff Dudoit (Lahainaluna), 15-2; Beat Steven Pangelinan (Campbell), 4-2;Lost to No. 9 Joseph Fong (Pac-Five), 10-5
2016 MIT results: Pinned Cameron Nishida (Pac-Five) 2:59; Pinned Hauoli Caparida 2:51; Beat Noah Wusstig (Moanalua) 9-2; Beat Caele Manley (Molokai) 5-1

19. Lincoln Mussell, Pac-Five
2015 state fourth (160)
2016 Officials champ
2016 Officials results: Pinned Felix Dellatan 3:58; Beat Gabriel Lelesch (Kailua) 5-3; Beat Gage Whitehead (Kahuku) 5-3; Beat Alize Wright (Campbell) 6-3
2016 MIT results: Pinned Alid Schmidt (St. Thomas More) 0:50; Pinned Jeron Justo (Moanalua) 0:41; Lost to Aaron Bito (Moanalua) 8-5

20. Nick Stefanelli, Punahou
2016 state fourth (120)
2016 Officials results: Pinned Ezra Bantolina (Moanalua) 0:59; Beat Grant Kawasaki (Aiea) 9-1; Beat Souta Nardi (Baldwin) 8-1; Lost to Kainalu Estrella (Lahainaluna) 3-1.

21. Noah Respicio, Campbell

22. Nicholas Mair, Kaiser

23. Landon Obra Nakata, Damien
2016 state second (106)

24. Ka’au Estrella, KS-Hawaii
2016 BIIF champion

25. Kasey Kikuyama, Pearl City
2016 state fifth (160),


  1. Jacob January 13, 2017 9:24 pm

    Correy has lost before. He didn’t win officials freshman year. He has had a couple losses

  2. Jerry Campany January 13, 2017 10:52 pm

    Thanks, Jacob, fixed.

  3. HImatside January 14, 2017 5:54 pm

    Any info from other tourneys?
    Nanakuli had a mixture of east & west. Not any big matchups to report, Moanalua’s Garcia was on hand, got to see two of his matches luckily I didn’t blink he ended both in seconds, Waianaes keliinoi rolled through his comp. Pearl city fielded a solid squad, but on the girls side Abe seems to still be struggling as she got pinned in her first match.

  4. Rick February 3, 2017 8:12 pm

    Joseph Fong and Alex Mimura from PAC 5 are two of the most dominant wrestlers in high school this year. Not sure what criteria you are using for these rankings but Fong has wrestled and pinned #4 on your list 2 times in seasons past. Once at States. Also he has a 1st round pin over your #1 candidate in club wrestling 2 years ago and with the exception of a hick up at the Maui Invitational he is unbeaten this year. Mimura on the other hand is unbeaten this year and I don’t know of any wrestlers in OIA or ILH that will beat either of them for the remainder of the year barring any severe injuries. Seems to me you are ranking them by their names ie. Your #9 candidate. “With two Terukinas on this list we had to have a Cooper.” Your words not mine. Just saying.

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