LIVE BLOG: Finals of the OIA wrestling championships

Fans packed the gym at Leilehua to watch the 2020 OIA wrestling championships. Photo by Jerry Campany/Star-Advertiser.

The finals matchups are set and will begin at approximately 8 p.m. in the OIA wrestling championships.

Updates will follow below. Only three top seeds failed to make the final.

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The marquee final comes in the boys 152-pound division as No. 3 pound-for-pound Branden Pagurayan of Kapolei will face No. 6 pound-for-pound Boltyn Taam of Moanalua.

Three boys and five girls participating in the finals are ranked in Hawaii Prep World’s pound-for-pound rankings.

UPDATE: Mats being rolled up. Start time closer to 8 p.m.

And here we go with boys 106 and girls 97 to kick things off.

10:20 p.m.: Moanalua wins both the boys and girls team titles.


106 pounds
(1) Nicholas Cordeiro, Waianae vs. (2) Brayden Kamimura, Kalani
Winner: Cordeiro, 10-2
>> Cordeiro nearly ends the match in the first round with a pin but gets two nearfalls. All Cordeiro, who wraps up his second OIA championship and will head to states where he placed sixth two years ago and third last year.

(4) Jayce Kamimura, Kalani vs. (2) Khansith Chanthabouas, Leilehua
Winner: Chanthabouas, SV 6-4
>> Absolutely wild at the end of the third period. Chanthabouas had been warned for stalling earlier in the period up 4-2. Kamimura with an escape to make it 4-3 and then a giant roar erupts as Chanthabouas is called for stalling with two seconds to go in the match. That ties the score and we head to the overtime period. Chanthabouas gets the takedown and wins 6-4 in extra time. Trainers come to check him out. He’s up to a round of applause.

Update: We’re told Chanthabouas has an asthma attack but is OK.

(1) Elijah Asuncion, Moanalua (No. 9 P4P) vs. (2) Branson Magsayo, Waianae
Winner: Asuncion, SV 3-1
>> Asuncion gets called for stalling in the first period and gets the point back with an escape in the second period. We’re now into extra time still deadlocked at 1-1. Asuncion with the takedown late in the overtime period to earn his third OIA championship. Now he can head to states to try to make up for last season’s fifth-place finish at 120 after winning the state title at 113 as a sophomore.

(1) Weiyl Zheng, Aiea vs. (2) James Lum, Pearl City
Winner: Zheng, 11-7
>> Strong opening period for Zheng, who is rewarded with a three-point nearfall as he nearly ended it. Another nearfall early in the second period but Lum makes it to a third. UH OH. Lum nearly pulls off a stunner, getting three points for a nearfall in the final 20 seconds but Zheng holds on to win his second OIA championship.

(1) Kade Okura, Kalani vs. (2) Iz Gonzalez, Roosevelt
Winner: Okura, SV 3-2
>> And here we go again. Gonzalez is called for stalling up 2-1 in the final 10 seconds of the third period and it forces overtime. WOW. Gonzalez is called for stalling again in the overtime period and that gives Okura the OIA crown.

(1) Daniel Branigan, Waianae vs. (2) Max Higa, Roosevelt
Winner: Higa, 3-0
>> Higa controls the match throughout and picks up his first OIA crown. Second No. 2 seed to win.

(1) Pookela De Santos, Leilehua vs. (2) Blaze Sumiye, Moanalua
Winner: Sumiye, TB-1 3-2
>> Sumiye gets the escape with a minute left in the third period to tie it at 2-2 and we need extra time. Sumiye pulls it off with an escape in OT.

(1) Branden Pagurayan, Kapolei (No. 3 P4P) vs. (2) Boltyn Taam, Moanalua (No. 6 P4P)
Winner: Pagurayan, 5-3
>> The main event of the evening lives up to the hype. After a scoreless first period, Pagurayan scores an escape and a takedown to take a 3-0 lead but Taam with an escape in the final seconds for a big point. Taam starts on bottom in the third and the escape make it 3-2, but Pagurayan digs deep and gets a takedown that ultimately is the difference. Pagurayan remains on track to win four OIA titles if he can do it again next year. This will be THE bracket to watch at states as Taam was up to the task. Entertaining bout. Could we see it again in two weeks?

(1) Thomas McCreadie, Kaiser vs. (2) Brock Gooman, Campbell
Winner: McCreadie, 4-2
>> McCreadie led 2-1 in the third and got a big two points on a reversal with roughly 30 seconds left to claim his first OIA title.

(1) Khali Vilavong, Campbell vs. (2) Karter Nitahara, Moanalua
Winner: Nitahara, 3-2
>> The top seed took a 2-1 lead into the third period but a reversal by Nitahara gives him his first OIA title and the third individual boys crown for Na Menehune.

(1) Andrew Adiniwin, Moanalua vs. Kayzehn Aiwohi-Frisby, Waianae
Winner: Adiniwin, 12-2
>> Adiniwin comes very close to ending it in the second period but cruises to the win. He gets his first OIA title at 182 pounds after placing third at states last year at 170.

(1) Lahaina Kane, Kailua vs. (2) Pontus Thiravong, Radford
Winner: Kane TB-1, 6-4
>> The differences comes in the second overtime period as Kane gets the escape with 23 seconds remaining but then comes up with a huge takedown in the final five seconds to go up three and eventually go on to win.

(1) Harry Lloyd, Kaimuki vs. (2) Charles Hanohano, Kapolei
Winner: Lloyd, 4-2
>> An escape and a penalty breaks a 2-2 tie in the third round and gives Lloyd his first OIA crown.

(1) Marcus Lombard, Kahuku vs. (2) Rafael Leapaga, Kapolei
Winner: Leapaga, 5-1
>> Lombard beat Leapaga 5-2 in the state tournament last year but Leapaga gets him back to win his first OIA title. Leapaga took a 2-1 lead into the third period when he scored on an escape and a takedown for the final margin.


97 pounds
(1) Jazmyn Enriquez, Campbell (No. 9 P4P) vs. (2) Erin Hikiji, Mililani
Winner: Hikiji, 2-1
>> A reversal in the second period does the trick to give Hikiji her first OIA championship. Hikiji, who won the OIA West title last week with a forfeit win over Enriquez, who injured her wrist, was fourth at states last year. Enriquez was the defending OIA champion and will enter states unseeded as the defending champ there as well.

(1) Brianna Funakoshi, Aiea vs. (2) Isabelle Asuncion, Moanalua
Winner: Funakoshi, 2-0
>> A takedown in the first period stands the rest of the way as Funakoshi gets her first OIA championship.

(1) Alizeih Villalpando, Campbell (No. 7 P4P) vs. (3) Victoria Kim, Mililani
Winner: Villalpando, fall 1:56
>> The defending OIA and state champion adds a second league title to her resume and can complete the Officials, Paani, league and state sweep coming up at the state championships. Lurking for that top-10 pound-for-pound ranking.

(1) Shantelle Mangrobang, Leilehua vs. (2) Ino Terukina, Campbell
Winner: Terukina, fall 4:21
>> Terukina pulls off the comeback with a pin in the third period to claim her first OIA championship. Mangrobang had nearfalls in the first and second periods and was up 11-3 going to the third, but Terukina with the takedown and secures the pin. Mangrobang is the defending state champion at 107 pounds.

(1) Victoria Lee, Mililani vs. (2) Kili Terukina, Campbell
Winner: Lee, fall 1:52
>> First OIA championship for Lee, who had beaten Terukina 15-0 at the OIA West Division championships last week. Lee was third at states last season.

(1) Makana Cooper, Pearl City vs. (2) Emily Paulino, Kalani
Winner: Cooper, 2-0
>> A takedown in the first period is enough to reward Cooper with her third straight OIA crown. Now the big test comes at states where she has placed second, fourth and fifth in her career.

(1) Lana Perez, Moanalua (No. 5 P4P) vs. (2) Brooke Cabinian, Leilehua
Winner: Perez, fall 1:54
>> Perez pins her way through to a second OIA title.

(1) Rachel Oshita, Moanalua vs. (2) Marcella Reynolds, Radford
Winner: Oshita, fall 4:23
>> After needing a victory in overtime to get to the final, Oshita is solid throughout and gets the pin in the third to win her first OIA championship.

(4) Jazaria Hall, Radford vs. (2) Kianna Chargualaf, Campbell
Winner: Chargualaf, SV . 7-5
>> Chargualaf with a takedown in the first period and a two-point nearfall in the second to go up 4-0 but Hall is battling back. An escape followed by two takedowns and Hall leads 5-4. Final seconds ticking down and Hall is whistled for stalling. Point to Chargualaf and we head to extra time. Third time that has happened in the finals already. Chargualaf makes it count with the takedown to win, 7-5. Third non-No. 1 seed to win on the girls side.

(4) Ariez Igafo, Castle vs. (2) Anissa Wright, Campbell
Winner: Wright, UTB 4-3
>> Igafo is shut out until a three-point nearfall late in the third period. Extra time and one OT period isn’t enough. Wright wins the OIA title.

(1) Sadie Antoque, Castle (No. 6 P4P) vs. (2) Kira Jhun, Moanalua
Winner: Antoque, fall 5:09
>> The defending state champion at 145 built a big lead before finishing it off with another pin to pin her way through the tournament for her second OIA title. She also won as a sophomore.

(1) Shannlyn Mahoe, Nanakuli vs. (3) Kehani Siuta, Aiea
Winner: Mahoe, fall 1:19
>> Mahoe pins her final two opponents in the tournament to win her first OIA crown.

(1) Jacinta Fonoti, Mililani vs. (3) Chloe Yuen, Moanalua
Winner: Fonoti, fall :32
>> A dominant tournament for Fonoti, who wastes no time and is making a case for some pound-for-pound consideration.

(1) Tangiteina Niutupuivaha, Kahuku (No. 4 P4P) vs. Princess Leota, Moanalua
Winner: Niutupuivaha, fall 4:24
>> The two-time state champ is now a two-time OIA champion but it certainly wasn’t easy as Leota gets a takedown in the first period and goes into the third ahead 2-1 against the No. 4-ranked pound-for-pound wrestler, but Niutupuivaha gets the pin for the win.


  1. CamogaNAmenehune February 8, 2020 9:24 pm

    Congrats to Asuncion for coming through, waiting at the gates of menehune wrestling history is Joey Bareng and Logan Garcia

  2. CamogaNAmenehune February 8, 2020 9:41 pm

    Girls looking very strong at this point. LEST GET IT DONE!

  3. IMUA February 8, 2020 10:26 pm

    KAPALAMA too loaded on both sides

  4. Isaiah Asuncion February 9, 2020 1:51 am

    Motown! Don’t Sleep on us

  5. ?? February 9, 2020 9:43 pm

    How exactly is Bareng and Garcia waiting at the gates of history?

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