Big battles shaping up in OIA boys judo

Lennex Alo of Kahuku is the top seed at 285 pounds. Krystle Marcellus / Star-Advertiser
Lennex Alo of Kahuku is the top seed at 285 pounds. Krystle Marcellus / Star-Advertiser

Unlike the alphabet soup that makes up boxing, there can only be one champion in each weight class in OIA judo.

The league will determine its title holders this weekend, with Kahuku’s LeRod Tongi earning the top seed in the East at 220 pounds. He has reigning OIA champion Matt Miner of Aiea on his side of the bracket in the No. 4 spot and Kalani’s James Lawhn, who took the title in 2014, sitting in the third spot. Kapolei’s Johnny Morrison is the top seed in the West.

There are 14 judoka in the bracket and everyone has a bye into the second round. Tongi and Lawhn get a bye into the quarterfinals.

Jayson Pagurayan is going for his third OIA title.

Here are the complete brackets:

2016 OIA Boys Brackets


  1. Brian April 28, 2016 9:16 pm

    How did they rank paguryan 2nd in 114

  2. get it straight April 29, 2016 11:01 am

    Whoever wrote this didnt check up first on how they seed players at OIA’s. All eastern champions will be at the top of the bracket and all western champions will be at the bottom. So to someone who doesnt know better it looks like the whole East got #1 seeds while the whole west got #2 seeds

  3. Jerry Campany April 29, 2016 11:11 am


  4. mikathedog April 30, 2016 8:49 am

    Disappointed with the judo coverage for the ILH. Don’t know why the hell I subscribe to the Star Advertiser. This is what was written about the Boys Varsity Judo: “Iolani took the boys by 69 points on individual champions from five judoka, including reigning champion Dane Yamashiro.” That’s it folks!!!!! What school took 2nd, what school took 3rd? I could have told you before the tournament started that Dane Yamashiro would take it, who by the way was in the finals before the tournament even began. Who are the champions for all the weight classes for both the boys and the girls. Who are the top four who will qualify for the States next week. OIA Girl’s softball semi final game gets over half a page. State baseball seeding gets better coverage. Some reporter is not doing their job … must have been eating up all the poki at the concession because they ran out!

  5. Nick Abramo April 30, 2016 10:00 am

    To mikathedog: did you read today’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser?

  6. Jerry Campany April 30, 2016 12:01 pm

    Mika, believe me we are as disappointed as you are when an event runs past our deadline for the paper. We did all we could to get as much as we could.

  7. Nick Abramo May 1, 2016 12:14 am

    the Star-Advertiser reported that Jaclyn Fontanilla won her fourth judo title. what a great accomplishment, and kudos for the Star-Advertier getting it into the paper the next day. I did not see any TV or radio or other newspaper reports on it. Great judo coverage.

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