LIVE BLOG: 2019 State Wrestling Championships

Farrington's Cheville Gumban picked up a win to start the 2019 Texaco/HHSAA Wrestling State Championships. Photo by Bruce Asato/Star-Advertiser.

The 2019 Texaco/HHSAA State Wrestling Championships take place Feb. 20 and 21 on another Wednesday/Thursday combination.

Hawaii Prep World will provide up-to-the-minute coverage throughout the entire two days beginning with the first qualifying matches on Wednesday that start at 10 a.m.

>> CLICK HERE FOR THE DAY 2 BLOG.


Our main state tournament wrestling page can be found here.

BOYS TEAM STANDINGS AFTER DAY 1: 1. Kamehameha, 105; 2. Punahou, 75; t3. Baldwin, Lahainaluna, 70; 5. Moanalua, 60.5; 6. Kapolei, 50.5; 7. Leilehua, 39.5; 8. Saint Louis, 38.5; t9. Kalaheo, Kealakehe, 38; 11. ‘Iolani, 37.5; 12. KS-Maui, 35; 13. Waiakea, 28; 14. Campbell, 24; 15. Waianae, 20.5; t16. Mililani, Radford, 16; 18. McKinley, 15; 19. Mid-Pacific, 14.5; 20. Lanai, 14.

GIRLS TEAM STANDINGS AFTER DAY 1: 1. Kamehameha, 103; 2. Moanalua, 84; 3. Baldwin, 70.5; 4. Campbell, 64.5; 5. Lahainaluna, 62; 6. Waianae, 58; 7. Leilehua, 49; 8. Mililani, 44. 9; Hilo, 40; 10. Kahuku, 39; 11. KS-Hawaii, 38; 12. Kealakehe, 36; 13. Molokai, 34; 14. Aiea, 30; 15. Pearl City, 25; 16. Kalani, 24; t17. Castle, Punahou, 22; 19. Kapaa, 21; 20. Kapolei, 20.

Results in each weight class can be found below.

BOYS

106 pounds
113 pounds
120 pounds
126 pounds
132 pounds
138 pounds
145 pounds
152 pounds
160 pounds
170 pounds
182 pounds
195 pounds
220 pounds
285 pounds

GIRLS

97 pounds
102 pounds
107 pounds
112 pounds
117 pounds
122 pounds
127 pounds
132 pounds
138 pounds
145 pounds
155 pounds
168 pounds
184 pounds
225 pounds

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>> OIA champion Alana Dela Pena suffers scary ankle injury
>> Kaiser, Kalani parents pitch in when bus breaks down
>> Baldwin’s Tianna Fernandez survives in overtime to reach semis
>> Punahou’s Legend Matautia avoids upset against familiar foe to open states
>> No longer the underdog, Kalaheo’s Rysan Leong comfortable as a No. 1 seed
>> Top seed Jazmyn Enriquez set for rematch with Punahou’s Sarah Obra Nakata in 97-pound quarterfinals
>> Kamehameha-Hawaii’s Kanani Chan breaks drought with win

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9:30 p.m. Day 1 is complete.

7:30 p.m. The quarterfinals have wrapped up and the second consolation round has begun.

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6:00 p.m.: Punahou’s Mason Stefanelli — who beat state No. 1 seed Tobey Ravida of Baldwin, a freshman, at the Officials tournament — was asked if he was bothered by not getting that top spot in states.

“Not really,” he said. “The No. 1 seed should be able to beat everyone in the bracket, so we’ll see. Hopefully I can meet him in the finals. I’m excited. I think it would be fun.”

It’s unusual that a freshman gets the No. 1 seed, and Punahou coach Yoshi Honda thinks that the seeding committee may have confused Tobey with his brother Coby, the 106-pound champion a year ago.

“Mason’s a wonderful kid, a hard worker, a true wrestler with great technique. He’s strong, mentally, one of the stronger kids his age I’ve see in ages,” Honda said. “He deserved to be the No. 1 seed. He’s undefeated. It would have been nice to be the No. 1 seed, but you still have to beat all of the top wrestlers.”

Stefanelli is warming up for that potential match against Ravida and whoever he gets next in the semifinals.

“I did not feel super good about my first-round match,” Stefanelli said. “I allowed the guy to take me out of my game. I wasn’t doing what I wanted to do and didn’t feel like I was wrestling a clean match.”

Stefanelli placed seventh at the Fargo, N.D., tournament a year ago to become a high school All-American.


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4:40 p.m.: The first No. 1 seed goes down as Castle’s Sadie Antoque, who made the 145-pound state final a year ago, upsets No. 1 seed Tayler Peligrino-Hayase of Lahainaluna at 145 pounds.

“I kept thinking to myself, ‘I gotta do it. I can do it. I have to believe in myself,’ ” Antoque said. “So (for tomorrow) I’m just gonna do my best, keep telling myself I can do it. Just gotta keep going.”

3:30 p.m.: The girls quarterfinals have begun.

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2:40 p.m. In the 138-pound boys weight class, Punahou’s Zachary Urabe was hurt during his first-round match against Moanalua’s Blaze Sumiye.

According to coaches on the scene, Urabe hurt his head or neck and was taken off on a stretcher and taken to a hospital.

One coach called it an “illegal move” by Sumiye. The other called it “unnecessary roughness.”

Sumiye was disqualified.

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1:50 p.m. >> Kaiser’s Koby Chun grinded away for a 9-0 first-round victory over Baldwin’s Gabriel Valdez in the 120-pound class at the Texaco/HHSAA Wrestling State Championships on Friday.

It sets up a big one for Chun. In the second-round he’ll face Kamehameha’s Brant Porter, who is No. 10 in the Hawaii Prep World pound-for-pound rankings. Porter is a two-time state placer.

“Just gotta stay in the zone,” Chun said about the challenge ahead. “I cannot let my practice go to waste, gotta keep focused.”

Against Valdez, Chun nearly pulled out the pin at the very end.

“It’s OK, a win’s a win,” he said. “Will still stay strong, gotta keep pressure and remember what my dad (Henry Chun) taught me. I’m doing it all for him.”

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1:05 p.m.: Scary moment in a girls 184-pound preliminary match. Multiple trainers have rushed onto one of the center mats to help Moanalua’s Alana Dela Pena, the reigning OIA champion. As soon as she went down, a couple of trainers rushed onto the mat and then called for help. She was wrestling against Aiea’s Jalyssa Ingram. She has been stretched off with a right ankle injury.

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Hawaii Prep World Pound-For-Pound rankings: Updated Feb. 20.
Boys
Girls

Wrestlers going for multiple state championships:
(4): Kelani Corbett, Leilehua
(3): Kysen Terukina, Kamehameha; Ashley Gooman, Kamehameha; Nanea Estrella, Lahainaluna; Jahnea Miguel, Baldwin
(2): Paige Respicio, Kamehameha; Sami Saribay, Lahainluna; Waipuilani Estrella Beauchamp, Baldwin; Kapoina Bailey, Konawaena; Roxie Umu, Kealakehe; Sila Fotu, Farrington; Tangiteina Niutupuivaha, Kahuku; Colby Ravida, Baldwin; Elijah Asuncion, Moanalua; Noah Wusstig, Moanalua; Branden Pagurayan, Kapolei; Rysan Leong, Kalaheo;

COMMENTS

  1. Hemi February 20, 2019 9:17 am

    I see y’all conveniently left Kapoina Bailey off the list of those vying for 2 State Championships at 168lbs. Kelani as great as she is, isn’t an automatic to win at 168lbs. Kapoina is the defending 168lbs State Champ and is preparing for War with every wrestler.

    Kelani is the favourite but Kapoina isn’t going to take anyone for granted and ain’t scared of nobody but respects everybody. She wrestled Kelani this Summer on 3 days of training. Wrestling isn’t her only sport. She wrestled her good friend Roxy Umu twice this season at 184lbs and both split wins right after coming back from Co-Captaining Girls Under 18 All American Rugby. Kapoina has beaten 2 184lbs State Champs.

    When all said and done Kapoina will go down as one of the best combat/contact female high school athletes in the history of Hawaii. State Rugby Champ, State Wrestling Champ, State Judo Champ, Selected to the Youth Olympic Rugby 7’s qualifying team, co-captain Stars and Stripes Under 18 All American team, earned 2 letters in Varsity football and played in the 7 OT DIV II State championship game against Lahainaluna then right after prize giving Thursday night will fly to San Diego to train with the US Women’s Rugby 7’s team at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center in prep for 2020 & 2024 Olympics and has a full scholarship with DIV 1 female Rugby National Champs Lindenwood University.

    Shes not taking anyone lightly and knows the road to defending her 168lbs title is going to be hard and difficult but she’s ready to wrestle


  2. Hemi February 20, 2019 1:12 pm

    Mahalo Plenty for updating the list for those vying for 2x State Championship and including Kapoina. She’s doesn’t care about seedings or being overlooked because she’s humble but we do here in Kona. Thanks again


  3. OIA February 21, 2019 6:17 am

    Wahiawa are proud of Kelani and I’m sure she also has a story behind her history that we all don’t know but being a three time state champion doesn’t come in a year!! I’m sure Kelani is humble, smart, great personality & great attitude! I’m sure she won’t take any opposition lightly! I’m sure Kapoina is a athlete as you clearly noted her history in many sports she plays & a great athlete! Kelani will give her 110% in every match! Kelani is humble & wouldn’t care about this but people in Wahiawa & amulni graduates do care & take pride in all our kids!


  4. KonaGurl February 27, 2019 3:44 pm

    It’s really too bad that the Ref didn’t give Kapoina a fair chance. The audience was booing due to the Ref’s bad calls. There was so much hype for Kelani and HHSAA wanted her to be a 4 time state champ that the Ref didn’t give Kapoina the points she deserved. Watch the video!
    Hemi is probably a family member or friend and he’s letting you know about Kapoina because no newspapers, or TV tell you about this exceptional athlete. For some reason if your not from Oahu you get overlooked. Example Hawaii Prep not listing her as 168 State Champ, but you fixed it and didn’t apologize. That’s ok typical biased Oahu media.
    FYI Kapoina is the most humble person you’ll ever meet. You would never know what a superior athlete she is. She doesn’t need to smack talk, put other’s down, or claim she’s the best. She also doesn’t need to cheat to be the best. The proof is in her performance. Big Island will always support you tita!


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