Lahainaluna’s Kainalu Estrella jumped into the fourth spot of the latest pound-for-pound rankings, making him the highest ranked wrestler from Maui and best without a state title.
Estrella, who has reached the final the last two years only to lose both times, ran through his bracket at Officials after challenging No. 2 Zayren Terukina on Maui only to fall.
He takes the spot previously occupied by Kamehameha’s Kysen Terukina, who had his match well in hand before getting caught by Baldwin’s Kahilihiwa Joy in the first period on Saturday. Joy has been absolutely on fire since suffering a blowout loss to Tyler Ibarra of Saint Louis at the MIT, pinning each of his six opponents since and all but one of them in the first round.
Despite the drop, don’t expect to see Terukina lose again this year and watch his ranking reflect it. He has the inside track to be at the top of this list someday, but even that probably will not erase his memory of a single mistake in December.
Joy is on the cusp of the top 10. Pearl City’s Makoa Cooper had an impressive Officials tournament as well, moving him closer to Campbell’s Zayren Terukina but not quite there. If he keeps scoring more team points than the Saber, a jump is imminent.
Alize Wright of Campbell jumps into the rankings at the expense of Kasey Kikuyama of Pearl City, who lost a heartbreaker by one point to Sitaleki Tongi but made the trip back for third place when he could have just as easily gone back to the Pearl City wrestling room to regroup.
Kayson Kekahuna of Saint Louis has been just as dominant this year and has actually had more action than Wright, who keeps running into forfeits. But if you have to choose one, Wright has been more dominant when he actually gets a chance to show his stuff.
The biggest drops belong to Moanalua’s Logan Garcia, who wanted to test himself against Corey Cabanban but failed to make weight, and Brett Barefoot of Leilehua, who was on a family trip. If those two hit the mat at Moanalua, they are sure to rise to their previous levels.
1. Corey Cabanban, Saint Louis senior
2017 state champion (120), 2016 state champion (113), 2015 state champion (106)
2017 ILH champion (120, 2016 ILH champion (113), 2015 ILH champion (108)
2017 Officials champion (126), 2016 Officials champion (120), 2015 Officials champion (113)
Officials: Pinned Jace Graves (Kalaheo) 0:28, Pinned Isaac Hokama (Roosevelt) 5:00, Pinned Kahekili Pahio (Kamehameha) 1:58, Beat Casen Watanabe (Punahou) 15-7
MIT: Pinned Josiah Taguiam (Lahainaluna) 2:38, Pinned Jules Marinas (Baldwin) 1:35, Beat Casen Watanabe (Punahou) 11-4
2. Zayren Terukina, Campbell senior
2017 state champ (132), 2016 state third (126)
2017 OIA champion (134), 2016 OIA champion (126)
2017 Officials champion (145), 2016 Officials champion (132)
Officials: Pinned Justin Campos Rieta (Baldwin) 5:57, Beat Koali Nishigaya (Saint Louis) 6-1, Beat Boltyn Taam (Saint Louis) 12-5, Beat Jhael Jose (Leilehua) 7-3.
MIT: Beat Cameron Nishida (Pac-Five) 11-2, Beat Brody McCorriston (Maui) 12-1, Pinned Boltyn Taam (Saint Louis) 4:38, Beat Kainalu Estrella (Lahainaluna) 11-5.
3. Makoa Cooper, Pearl City senior
2017 state champion (152)
2017 OIA champion (154)
2017 Officials champion (160), 2016 Officials champion (152)
Officials: Pinned Austin Park (Kalani) 1:46, Pinned Rysan Leong (Kalaheo) 1:30, Beat Cassen Christian (Moanalua) 18-2, Pinned Mason Canonico (Punahou) 3:26
4. Kainalu Estrella, Lahainaluna senior
2017 state second (126), 2016 state second (120), 2015 state third (113)
2017 MIL champ (128), 2016 MIL champ (120), 2015 MIL champ (113)
2017 Offciala champion (132), 2016 Officials champion (126)
Officials: Beat Craig Nava (Pac-Five) 13-3, Pinned Elijah Diamond (MIlilani) 3:17, Beat Kaena Desantos (Leilehua) 7-2, Beat Ansen Ursua (Saint Louis) 7-2.
MIT (145): Pinned Jared Sugiyama (Lanai) 5:15, Beat Traesyn Shimoda (King Kekaulike) 13-4, Pinned Justin Campos Rieta (Baldwin) 2:57, Lost to Zayren Terukina (Campbell) 11-5
5. Kysen Terukina, Kamehameha sophomore
2017 state champion (113)
2016 Officials champion (113)
2017 ILH champion (113)
Officials: Beat Tyler Ibarra (Saint Louis) 11-3, Beat Brady Hoshino (Iolani) 4-1, Lost to Kahikihiwa Joy (Baldwin) 1:37, Beat Tyler Ibarra (Saint Louis) 5-1, Beat Brady Hoshino (Iolani) 6-1.
6. Kachi Respicio, Campbell senior
2017 state second (170)
2017 Officials champion (182)
Officials: Pinned Michael Yanagi (Punahou) 1:42, Beat Isaac Pavao (Waiakea) 25-10, Beat Gianni Oyadomari (Kapolei) by forfeit, Beat Atui Valu (Waianae) 14-6
MIT: Beat Lennox Kahahane Lived (Lahainaluna) 18-6, Beat Hauoli Sinenci (Hana) 19-11, Beat Ty Bates (Lahainaluna) 6-4.
7. Christian Tavares, Radford senior
2017 state second (132)
2016 state fifth (120)
2017 Officials champion (138)
Officials: Beat Kanai Tapia (Kamehameha) 8-6, Beat Vincent Terrell (Punahou) 8-2, Beat Jared Sugiyama (Lanai) 18-2, Beat Jacob Yamaguchi (Kapolei) 9-3
8. Brett Barefoot, Leilehua senior
2017 state champion (182)
9. Logan Garcia, Moanalua senior
2017 state second (120), 2016 state champ (106)
2017 OIA Champ (122), 2016 OIA champ (106)
10. Alize Wright, Campbell
2017 state second (182)
2017 Officials champion (195)
Officials: Beat Zion Lista (Farrington) by forfeit, Beat Kai Knitter (Iolani) by forfeit, Beat Tao Tuulima (Kapolei) 17-2
MIT: Pinned Kyler Navarro Hiwauli (Waianae) 1:43, Pinned Michael Banagan Brock (Konawaena) 1:49, Pinned Darius Mynar (KS-Maui) 3:48
Kahilihiwa Joy, Baldwin
2017 Officials champion (120)
Officials: Pinned Josiah Nohara (Lanai) 1:05, Pinned Ridge Ono (Kalani) 2:43, Pinned Makana Young (Saint Louis) 0:45, Pinned Kysen Terukina (Kamehameha) 1:37, Pinned Jude Michael Talana (Maui) 0:35
MIT: Beat Joshua Rivera (Lahainaluna) 10-2, Pinned Aaron Sumabat (Baldwin) 1:33, Lost to Tyler Ibarra (Saint Louis) 12-4, Pinned Breeze Keolanui (Waianae) 1:46, Beat Josiah Nohara (Lanai) by default.
Kayson Kekahuna, Saint Louis
2017 Officials champion (285)
Officials: Pinned Isaac Mamizuka (Kaiser) 1:17, Beat David Hernandez (Waianae) by default, Pinned Aomalo Ishikawa (Kamehameha) 3:08, Beat Harry Lloyd (Damien) by default.
MIT: Beat David Hernandez (Waianae) 5-3, Pinned Steven Ridep (Campbell) 1:54, Beat Gerrico Jenks (Leilehua) 9-8
Kasey Kikuyama, Pearl City senior
2017 state third (170), 2016 state fifth (160),
2017 OIA champion (172)
Officials: Beat Maake Panuve (Baldwin) 15-0, Pinned Napana Keoho (Molokai) 2:30, Lost to Sitaleki Tongi (Kahuku) 7-6, Beat Kainalu Huddy (Kamehameha) 9-1, Beat Reeno Pascual (Lahainaluna) 8-2
Caele Manley, Molokai
2016 State fourth (126)
2017 Officials champion (152)
Officials: Beat Keaka Kuaana (Lahainaluna) 12-2, Beat Samuel Dunwell (Lanai) 3-1, Beat Jake Angelo (Iolani) 6-3, Beat Kason Nitahara (Kamehameha) 4-1.
MIT: Pinned Joeson Jonas (Lanai) 3:09, Beat Zander Manuel (Punahou) 5-1, Beat Jesse Dudoit (Lahainaluna) 7-5, Beat Samuel Dunwell (Lanai) by default
Legend Matautia, Punahou
2017 Officials champion (220)
Officials: Pinned Hunter Guerrero (Saint Louis) 0:44, Pinned Kerwin Kahalekulu (Waianae) 1:54, Beat Jonah Caminos Freitas (Leilehua) 3-2, Beat Dominic Tominiko (Saint Louis) 4-1
MIT: Lost to Benjamin Tokanang (Baldwin) 10-9, Pinned Kainalu Kaililaau (Lahainaluna) 1:41, Pinned Kerwin Kahalekulu (Waianae) 2:31.
Brant Porter, Kamehameha
2017 State third (106)
2017 Officials champion (106)
Officials: Pinned Benjamin Vento (Waiakea) 2:52, Pinned Jayse Lalim Rillon (Molokai) 1:00, Beat Skyler Suzui (Pac-Five) by forfeit, Beat Colby Ravida (Baldwin) 6-2
Keanu Punley, Leilehua
2017 Officials champion (170)
Officials: Pinned Brian Himalaya (Waianae) 5:05, Beat Kainalu Huddy (Kamehameha) 5-2, Beat Salvador Gonzalez (Roosevelt) 6-4, Beat Sitaleki Tongi (Kahuku) 5-2
Ikua Tihada, Lahainaluna
2017 MIL champion (115)
2017 Officials champion (113)
Officials: Pinned Kekoa Siaris (Nanakuli) 0:50, Beat Mitchell Funasaki (Mililani) 7-0, Beat Elijah Kaawa (Saint Louis) by forfeit, Beat Hunter Nagatani (Leilehua) 9-5.
MIT: Pinned Makana Young (Saint Louis) 0:29, Pinned Breeze Keaolanui (Waianae) 0:47, Pinned Josiah Nohara (Lanai) 2:42, Pinned Tyler Ibarra (Saint Louis) 4:55