LIVE BLOG: Motown Showdown wrestling at Moanalua

Moanalua's Lana Perez and Kapolei's Ariana Morales wrestled under the spotlight in the 138lb weight class. Darryl Oumi / Special to the Star-Advertiser

Dual-meet spotlight exhibition matches Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, in front of a packed Moanalua gym.

The girls match is complete and results are at the bottom of the post



106: LJ Oka (Kapolei) vs. Nalu Salvador (Moanalua)

Oka gets the first takedown. He’s up 2-0.

Salvador scores with an escape to make it 2-1, but Oka gets another takedown for a 4-1 count.

Oka takes a commanding 6-2 lead after the first period.

Salvador makes a takedown to make it 6-4 and then Oka gets an escape and a reversal.

Oka takes a 12-8 lead, but Salvador gets what he was looking for. A quick pin.

Team score: Moanalua 6, Kapolei 0.

113: Kinau McBrayer (Kapolei) vs. Dayne Takai (Moanalua)

Takai gets the first takedown for a 2-0 lead.

McBrayer scores with a reversal to make it 2-2 at the end of the first period.

Earlier in the second period, Takai takes a 4-3 lead.

McBrayer goes ahead 5-4 with a reversal.

And then McBrayer finishes it off with a pin.

Team score is tied: Moanalua 6, Kapolei 6.

120: Atalbert Debrum (Kapolei) vs. Keane Escaba (Moanalua)

After a close early-going, DeBrun takes control with a takedown for a 2-0 lead.

Debrun He adds a near takedown for a 5-0 edge.

An Escaba escape makes it 5-1.

Debrun gets another takedown that leads to a pin.

Team score: Kapolei 12, Moanalua 6.

126: Braeden Pieper (Kapolei) vs. L.J. Pasion (Mooanalua)

Pasion starts strong with a takedown for a 2-0 lead and then gets an escape — 3-0.

Pieper comes back strong to make it 4-2 with a takedown.

But Pasion addes a takedown and a near fall for five more points and a 9-2 lead.

It took a while, but Pasion finally gets the pin.

Team score tied: Kapolei 12, Moanalua 12.

138: Kaimana McBrayer (Kapolei) vs. Matt Nochi (Moanalua)

McBrayer goes up 2-0 with a second-period reversal after a scoreless first period.

It’s now 4-0 for McBrayer after a takedown in the last minute of the third period.

Nochi gets a late escape, but time runs out with McBrayer winning 4-1.

For the decision, the Hurricanes get three team points.

Team score now: Kapolei 15, Moanalua 12.

145: Brycen Pagurayan (Kapolei) vs. Buddee Jacobs (Moanalua)

A freshman with plenty of state placers in his family — including two-time defending 152-pound state champion Branden Pagurayan, his brother — Pagurayan gets a bunch of early takedowns and goes up 12-4.

And the points keep coming. Pagurayan now up 17-6.

The dominance continues and Pagurayan eventually scores a pin.

Team score: Kapolei 21, Moanalua 12.

152: Kaiah Armington (Kapolei) vs. Orion Fonoti (Mililani)

Fonoti (filling a weight class, even though he is from Mililani) scores with a thundering takedown in the first 10 seconds and leads 5-0 by the end of the first minute.

Fonoti is dominating, but Armington gets an reversal to make it 5-2.

Near the end of the second period, Armington is still hanging in there at 10-5.

Fonoti’s diligence pays off. He scores with a near fall and the points keep coming. It’s now 16-7.

Fonoti finishes it off 16-7.

Fonoti’s win does not add to Moanalua’s team score. It’s counted as an exhibition (within the overall exhibition)

160: Maika Kahele-Akeo (Kapolei) vs. Orion Maribusan (Moanalua)

Kahele-Akeo scores first with a takedown. It’s 2-0.

Near the end of the first period, Kahele-Akeo gets another takedown to make it 4-0.

First period ends with Kahele-Akeo up 6-1.

It doesn’t take long for the Kapolei wrestler to add to his lead. It’s now 8-1.

Maribusan gets a takedown near the end of the second period to make it 8-3.

Maribusan gets closer with an escape, 8-4.

Kahele-Akeo finishes it off with a 10-4 victory.

Kaplei’s team lead is now 24-12.

170: Kento Ibarra (Kapolei) vs. Karter Nitahara (Moanalua)

In a high-intensity beginning, Nitahara takes control and leads 6-1 by the end of the first period.

The dominance continues with Nitahara going up 8-1 and he eventually finishes off Ibarra with a pin to put Na Menehune in striking distance.

Kapolei still leads. It’s now 24-18.

182: Kilo Swanson (Kapolei) vs. Camden Chan (Moanalua)

Swanson goes up 2-1 by the end of the first period and quickly adds to his lead — 4-1 — with a takedown ealry in the second.

Swanson adds to the lead, 6-1, before two reversals by each wrestler, making it 8-2.

Swanson keeps on going, getting the lead up to 16-6.

A three-point near fall near the end boosts the score to 21-6. It’s a technical fall. That gives Kapolei 5 points on the team score to clinch the team match.

Team score: Kapolei 29, Moanalua 18.

195: Ho’o Subee (Kapolei) vs. Andrew Adiniwin (Moanalua)

Adiniwin gets the first takedown early for a 2-0 edge, and he is in control throughout the first half of the first period.

He adds a near fall to make it 5-0.

Adiniwin leads 7-0 after one period.

Adwiniwin finally gets the pin.

Final boys team score: Kapolei 29, Moanalua 24.



127: Rachel Oshita (Moanalua) vs. Kelly Ibarra (Kapolei)

Oshita is out to a 2-0 lead and after losing the lead came trough with a thundering takedown for a 3-2 lead.

Oshita scores again with a near fall and leads 6-2.

A reversal makes it 7-2.

Deep into the second period, Oshita ends it with a pin.

Na Menehune lead 6-0.

132: Madison Stephenson (Kapolei) vs. Hailey Perez (Moanalua)

Stephenson pulls through with a first-period pin.

Team score tied 6-6.

138: Lana Perez (Moanalua) vs. Ariana Morales (Kapolei)

Perez is ranked No. 3 in the nation at 127.

She scores early with a takedown and then gets a three-point near fall for a 5-0 lead.

It’s up to 8-1 now.

Morales hangs tough, but Perez is too much and finally gets the pin.

Na Menehune lead 12-6.

145: Kira Jhun (Moanalua) vs. Kim Kealoha (Mililani)

Jhun takes a quick 6-1 lead with some aggressive takedowns.

And then comes the pin. Quick work.

Moanalua leads 18-6.

155: Ty Ader (Moanalua) vs. Hayley Souza (Mililani)

Souza is in control here so far. Getting close to an early pin.

And she does finally get the pin to bring the team match closer.

Moanalua 18 leads Kapolei/Mililani 18-12.

155: Jadyn Cristostomo (Moanalua) vs. Lana Corpuz (Mililani)

Cristostomo goes down 2-0, but the deficit doesn’t last long. She pins Corpuz.

Moanalua’s lead is now 24-12.

168: Kayla Antolin (Moanalua) vs. Reuhe Basco Asibil (Mililani)

This one is over in less than a minute as Antolin scores the pin.

Moanalua leads 30-12.

184: Alana Dela Pena vs. Ati Fonoti (Mililani)

This is a close one. Fonoti takes a 4-2 lead.

Deep into the second period, Fonoti pulls off the pin.

Team score is now Moanalua 30, Kapolei/Mililani 18.

225: Princess Leota (Moanalua) vs. Abcde Gohier (Mililani)

A close match through first period ends in a pin for Leota.

Moanalua takes a 36-18 team lead.

97: Jenna Bala (Moanalua) vs. Gellie Godoy-Holt (Kapolei)

Gudoy-Holt is the aggressor and scores early. Within a minute, she pulls off the pin.

Moanalua still leads the team contest, 36-24.

102: Caitlin Yap (Moanalua) vs. Erin Hikiji (Mililani)

Hikiji takes an early lead and then finishes it off with a pin.

Team score getting closer, Moanalua 36, Kapolei/Mililani 30

107: Isabelle Asuncion (Moanalua) vs. Victoriana Kim (Mililani)

Ascunsion gets the pin. Moanalua now in the lead 42-30.

107: Sage Beltran (Moanalua) vs. Makena Abe (Mililani)

Abe with the pin.

Moanalua up by just six points now. 42-36.

112: Miya Jhun (Moanalua) vs. Kennedy Javier (Mililani)

Javier wins by pin. Tie ballgame:

Moanalua 42, Kapolei/Mililani 42.

122: Codi-Jane Kamaka (Moanalua) vs. Victoria Lee (Mililani)

This one is going to win the team match.

Lee is in charge the whole way and wins by major decision, 12-1. She gets four team points (insetad of six) for the majority decision.

FINAL GIRLS SCORE: Kapolei/Mililani 46, Moanalua 42.


  1. Bob November 16, 2019 11:09 pm

    For the Girls side you have the Mililani 168 and 184 mixed up. Thank you for covering the event.

  2. Anonymous November 17, 2019 3:35 am

    I give you credit for trying to cover the event, but there’s a good handful of misspelled names, wrong matchings, & bias for Moanalua. Also why does some matchings have commentating & some don’t even though the matches are longer? 👎🏼👎🏼👎🏼

  3. Anonymous November 17, 2019 3:35 am

    I give you credit for trying to cover the event, but there’s a good handful of misspelled names, wrong matchings, & bias for Moanalua. Also why does some matchings have commentating & some don’t even though the matches are longer?

  4. Sierra November 17, 2019 3:54 am

    Mixed up Mililani 168 & 184, & you misspelled the Mililani 168 girl’s name. I give this article a 2/5 for a couple of reasons.

  5. Nick Abramo November 17, 2019 10:39 pm

    Hello Anonymous and Sierra …

    Your comments are certainly fair. I am the writer of this article.

    There are some things you should know.

    The spellings of the names in the article are my best attempt at reading names that were given to me on a photo copy of a handwritten, scribbled piece of paper about a minute before the matches started.

    That is not an excuse. Just a fact.

    Also, the whole gym was dark and I couldn’t see the paper I was looking at or the keyboard letters.

    Still, no excuse. Just a fact.

    Also, as far as commentating on some and not others, you do what you can as the live action happens. It goes pretty fast. The table provided to me was not in view of the scoreboard, so I had to keep getting up and walking four steps to keep updated on the score of each match and go back and write.

    A lot of fast pins. Fast action, one after the other.

    Not an excuse just a fact.

    So, I will agree that this article is a 2 or even a 1 out of 5.

    We gave it the ol’ college try though despite the limitations.

    Please send along the correct spellings of the names and I can have them fixed no problem.

    We will continue to cover wrestling.

    When there is light and typed rosters, the articles will be a 3 out of 5 at the very least. I am confident of that.

  6. Nick Abramo November 17, 2019 10:47 pm

    Oh, I forgot to mention: Thanks for reading!! We appreciate it.

    And, I am following up with an article from the Moanalua spotlight night, if you’re interested in reading that.

    Pretty sure it will be above the 1 or 2 out of 5 level, but you never know.

  7. Trojan Wrestling November 17, 2019 10:53 pm

    Nick, we appreciate the effort you put into covering our sport year after year. Without you there would be virtually no coverage of high school wrestling. So keep up the good work.

  8. Sierra and anonymous is why we can’t have nice things November 18, 2019 10:16 pm

    Like Trojan wrestling said, without you there would be no coverage at all. We appreciate you doing what nobody has ever done for high school wrestling, including Matside.

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