The Leilehua boys wrestling team is a day away from its first OIA team title of any gender.
The Mules have scored 95 points after the first day, leading Moanalua (73) and Radford (67) and defending champion Waianae (67).
Joe Kila Faafiu (106), Hunter Nagatani (113), Isaac Stalcup (126), Kaena DeSantos (132), Naikoa Simao (138), Jose Jahael (145), Alii Edayan (152), Keanu Punley (170), Brett Barefoot (182), Jonah Caminos Freitas (220) and Gerri Co Jenks (285) are still in the winner’s bracket for Leilehua.
Nagatani won the tournament for Waipahu last year and is looking for a repeat.
Here are the brackets: OIA Varsity (Boys) 2018 CON RD 4 BRACKETS V6.7
Moanalua’s Logan Garcia is on his way for a third OIA title after pinning McKinley’s Michael Stovall in 55 seconds. Garcia, who faces Isaac Hokama of Roosevelt tomorrow, can be the first Moanalua boy to win three OIA titles at the school since Joey Bareng in 2000.
Campbell’s Zayren Terukina, the top seed at 145, ran through Kapolei’s Christian Miguel in 1:45 to reach the semifinals. Terukina meets Simeon Johnson of Kalaheo in the semis and either Jahael or Moanalua’s Chase Wusstig in the final. Terukina can join former teammate Triston Santos as a three-timer.
Pearl City’s Makoa Cooper still has a chance to repeat as an OIA champion after pinning Kahuku’s Pukana Hai in 39 seconds. He will face Mason Andrews of Radford in the semis and either Blaze Torres of Mililani or Kalaheo’s Rysan Leong in the final.
Kasey Kikuyama, Cooper’s teammate, will not repeat as an OIA champion. Kikuyama fell to an inspired Kachi Respicio of Campbell 3-1 in his first match but came back to beat Brian Himalaya of Waianae 14-1 in the consolation bracket.