Judging by the season’s first girls pound-for-pound rankings, this weekend’s Officials tournament will be sorely lacking in star power.
The top three on the list will all sit the tournament out, with No. 1 Teshya Alo of Kamehameha the most obvious omission. Alo has a bigger tournament in mind, though, beginning the U.S. Open for a chance to reach the Olympic Trials.
Laleilei Mataafa will not appear, nor will Iolani sophomore Teniya Alo. She is recovering from an injury and has not practiced with the Raiders yet this season.
Still, it’s early and those three are the top talent in the state and Teniya Alo is still a Fargo Junior National Champion.
Asia Evans of Pearl City is expected to be in action along with the rest of the rankings. Evans opened her season at the Garner Ivey Invitational on Maui in fine form, pinning teammate Paige Hamada in 15 seconds and Waianae’s Anuhea Hamilton in 51 ticks. If she is as impressive this week, jumping Teniya Alo is probable.
Punahou state champ Bailey Hoshino is right behind Evans, but Hoshino did not wrestle on Maui.
Alexis Encinas did wrestle in her home gym, pinning all three of her opponents including Kapolei’s Allie Mahoe in the final.
The bottom of the rankings will certainly shake up after Officials, as Kahuku’s Jocelyn Alo is rumored to be taking the season off and would drop out if it is confirmed this weekend. Jocelyn Alo earned her first state title last year.
Campbell’s Caragh Morris is on a mission this year after successive losses in the state title match. She is one of 22 female wrestlers over the years to make it to the top twice and fall both times, only Jazmine Cockett of Kamehameha made it to the state final and lost three times, falling to three different opponents in 2002, 2003 and 2004.
Win or lose, if Morris can reach the state final at third time she has to be a strong candidate for the Hall of Honor after the end of the season because of her softball prowess. Mataafa, who excels at Water Polo, and Teshya Alo are strong candidates as well.
Morris is included in the first rankings because of her experience, but Kamehameha’s Callen Medeiros pinned her in last year’s state final and will certainly jump her with a good showing this weekend.
Iverly Navarro of Lahainaluna and Roosevelt’s Macy Higa figure to crack the rankings sooner rather than later.
Girls Wrestling Pound-For-Pound Rankings
1. Teshya Alo, Kamehameha (138)
Three time state champ, three time ILH champ
2. Lelelei Mataafa, Lahainaluna (220)
Three time state champ, three time MIL champ
3. Teniya Alo, Iolani (122)
state champ as a freshman, ILH champ.
4. Asia Evans, Pearl City (127)
state champ, state third, state second
5. Bailey Hoshino, Punahou (97)
state champ, ILH champ
6. Alexis Encinas, Lahainaluna (117)
state champ, state fifth, MIL champ
7. Kalissa Pundyke, Campbell (102)
state second 15, state champ 2014
8. Jocelyn Alo, Kahuku (184)
state champ, state third, 2014 OIA champ
9. Caragh Morris, Campbell (168)
state second twice, OIA champ
10. Angela Peralta, Radford (145)
State third, state second, two time OIA champ
Also: Iverly Navarro, Lahainaluna; Macy Higa, Roosevelt; Taryn Ichimura, Punahou; Taysia Kano, Punahou; Pomaikai Yamaguchi, Kamehameha; Callen Medeiros, Kamehameha; Netanya Kang, Pearl City; Zion Vierra, Kamehameha; Alexis Nelson, Waianae.