Campbell’s Terukina turns back stiff challenge on Maui

Zayren Terukina is the reigning state champion at 132 pounds and finished last year No. 5 on Hawaii Prep World's pound-for-pound list.

Campbell state champion Zayren Terukina stepped into the spotlight at the Garner Ivey Invitational on Saturday at War Memorial Gym on Maui and came away a winner.

Lahainaluna’s Kainalu Estrella, the reigning MIT champ at 132 pounds and three-time MIL king from 118-128 pounds, jumped up to 145 to take on Campbell’s Terukina.

They both made the final, and Terukina dispatched Estrella 11-5. Terukina swept Officials, the OIA and state titles at 132 pounds last year.

Lahainaluna won the boys team title with 206 points over Saint Louis (155.5), whose Corey Cabanban began his campaign for a fourth state title by cleaning out the 126 bracket at Garner Ivey.

Terukina and Cabanban were selected as the tournament’s most outstanding male wrestlers.

Other boys winners included Alan Sanchez (106), Ikua Tihada (120), Zeff Dudoit (132) and Kawehi Gillcoat (138) of Lahainaluna. The Sabers looked stout with championships from Alize Wright (195) and Kachi Respicio (182).

Lahainaluna took the girls team title as well, scoring 164 points to beat rival Baldwin (152).

The Lunas got titles from Ira Navarro (102), Nanea Estrella (127), Taylor Pelegrino-Hayase (145) and Fayannie Rosario (155).

Baldwin’s Jahnea Miguel began her sophomore season the same way she started her freshman campaign, with a title at 138 pounds. She is the reigning state queen at 127 pounds and won MIL and Paani titles as well.

Lahainaluna’s Nanea Estrella and Miguel were coaches picks as most outstanding female wrestlers of the tournament. Miguel shared the honors with Shelly Avellino of Benencia, Calif., last year.

The first 2017-18 Hawaii Prep World pound-for-pound rankings will be out before the end of the year.

2017 MIT Boys Brackets

2017 MIT Girls Brackets


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