Here’s what the Kamehameha and Kapolei head coach had to say about the upcoming Blaysen Terukina vs. Shandon Ilaban-Totten match in the 132-pound final at the state wrestling championships Saturday at Blaisdell Arena.
Kamehameha head coach Ola Silva:
It’s going to come down to who brings the right mind-set. That’s what it is in any championship match. That’s why I think Blaysen is doing such a great job today, pinning his opponent in the semifinal match. You could say this is the evolved Blaysen from that (Punahou’s Cameron) Kato loss, so he’s in the right mind-set. Whoever stays disciplined within their game play and executes it, I think that’s the winner. We’ve got Blaysen moving on his feet, he’s going lateral, circles and what-not. That’s the Blaysen we remember from last year’s states. I’m excited for this match because they know each other and they know each other’s game plan. With all of that playing into it, we can expect a great match.”
Kapolei coach Sean Salter:
“I think the tie-ups will be the most important part, on their feet. If Blaysen is in control (position) where he wants to be, he’s going to have an advantage. If Shandon is able open it up, it’ll be a good fight. The match is pretty even on top. I think Shandon might have little edge on bottom. I think it’s going to be a dogfight. We like Shandon to (loose) on the mat. We like them to be loose, fast and aggressive. We like to keep all the wrestling open. I didn’t get to watch i the first time (Terukina’s 5-4 win at Officials). I was on vacation and I heard he (Shandon) donated the first five points to start the match. If he gets off to a fast start (in the final), he’ll be good to go.”