We’re a few minutes away from the start of the finals of the Oahu Interscholastic Association wrestling championships at the Leilehua gym.
We will be concentrating on the wrestlers who are going for their second or third league titles as well as the wrestlers in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s pound-for-pound rankings.
Here we go:
>> Roosevelt’s Menjam Tamang and Moanalaua’s Amanda Higa are in a 2-2 first-period tie. Tamang is No. 10 in the p4p.
There’s 20 seconds left in the first and Tamang just scored with a takedown to make it 4-2.
Second period now. Menjam up 5-2 after an escape.
Tamang working for the pin late in the third period. Did not get it. But got another takedown for a 7-2 victory.
>> Triston Santos of Campbell is going for a second OIA title. He’s locked in a 0-0 battle with Kalani’s Chaden Morisato. Second period about to begin. Three times there’s been medical timeouts already.
Santos takes a 3-0 lead with an escape and a takedown with about one minute left in the second period.
Moving on to the last period. No more scoring, although Santos stayed in control for the 3-0 victory.
>> Mikayla Abe of Pearl City is in a 0-0 tie with Leilehua’s Brianna Leong, and the first period has ended. Abe is trying or her second OIA crown.
Abe takes control with two escapes and two takedowns and leads 6-1.
Leong scored with an escape to start the third period to make it 6-2.
Abe in complete control; a bit quicker and stronger. Time runs out for the 6-2 win.
>> Kapolei’s Jayson Pagurayan and Kalani’s Draten Morisato are locked in a 0-0 duel with 1:13 remaining in the second period.
Pagurayan, who is seeking a third OIA title, just went ahead 3-0 with a near fall. Morisato appeared to hurt his knee or leg and received medical attention.
An escape gives Pagurayan a 4-0 lead. 34 seconds left.
Pagurayan, who is coming off injuries to both of his shoulders, holds on and is now a three-time OIA champion. He won it at 106 pounds in his freshman and sophomore seasons.
>> Shandon Ilaban-Totten of Kapolei is in a duel with Moanalua’s Antonio Ruiz. It’s 0-0 and close to one minute into the first period.
Ilaban-Totten, who is wrestling for his third OIA championship and is No. 5 in the p4p, closes the second period strong with two takedowns and he gave up an escape for a 4-1 lead.
After another Ruiz escape, it’s 4-2 going to the third.
Some quick exchanges and it’s 6-4, and then Ilaban-Totten scores with a driving takedown to make it 8-4.
Another takedown and a near fall make the final 12-4.
>> Tehani Carlson of Waianae, who is No. 9 in the p4p, is down 1-0 to Pearl City’s Netanya Kang.
Carlson ties at 1-1 with an escape, then gets a late takedown and turns it into a pin with eight seconds left in the third.
>> Waianae’s Sheldon Bailey scores with a hard takedown late in the first period in a highly anticipated match against Pearl City’s Baylen Cooper.
Bailey is trying for his second OIA championship and he is No. 10 in the p4p.
Cooper scores with a reversal and then Bailey gets two escapes for a 4-2 lead with less than a minute left in the second period.
Cooper with an escape, 4-3, with 1:37 left.
Cooper drives Bailey, but they go out out of bounds. Cooper desperately trying for another score late, but can’t do it and he sinks to the ground in disappointment.
>> Pearl City’s Asia Evans is trying for a second OIA crown and is in control early with a 4-1 lead over Waianae’s Anuhea Hamilton.
Hamilton is mounting a comeback and trails 8-6 going into the final period.
Evans, who is No. 8 in the p4P, is on the bottom with 34 seconds to go. They go OB with 24 seconds left.
Hamilton scores with an escape, but Evans gets it done 9-7 with an escape as time expires.
>> In another highly anticipated match, Zack Diamond of Mililani scores a 9-4 victory over Josh Gallarde of Campbell. For Diamond, it’s his third OIA championship.
He took a fast 5-0 lead with a takedown and a near fall. At one point, he was eyeing the ref for the pin call, but didn’t get it.
Diamond then held his own the rest of the way against Gallarde, who missed out on his bid for a third OIA title.
>> Leilehua’s Liam Corbett, who is No. 2 in the p4p, takes an early 4-1 lead over Pearl City’s Trevor Alvarado.
Corbett, who is going for his third OIA championship, is now in complete control. He followed a reversal with three takedowns and leads 12-2.
Before the second period ends, Corbett continues to score to grab a 17-2 edge and is awarded the technical fall.
>> Taysia Kano of Kapolei could be headed to her second OIA championship. She leads Kahuku’s Lilia Kaka 5-3 late in the third.
A late takedown as time expires gives Kano a 7-3 victory.
>> Early in the bout, Kapolei’s Rodman Salangdron is in a close duel with Kailua’s Gabriel Lelesch.
Salangdron gets a takedown late in the first period for a 2-0 lead.
And it’s another takedown late in the second for Salangdron for a 4-0 lead.
An escape early in the third makes it 5-0.
Salandron scores another takedown and is in complete control at 7-0.
Lelesch manages an escape and then a takedown with five seconds left, making the final score 7-3 in favor of Salangdron, who is now a two-time OIA champion.
>> Radford’s Angela Peralta just became a three-time OIA champion by pinning Pearl City’s Jacqueline Fuamatu in the third period. Peralta, the No. 4 p4p wrestler, was up by a 5-0 margin when she finished it off.
>> Waianae’s Jacob Naosusuga has a 7-3 lead going into the third period against Aiea’s Brandon Burgos.
Naususuga is in control, but Burgos’ takedown was a spectacular one and both wrestlers hit the mat with a huge thud.
If Naosusuga hangs on, he will be a two-time OIA champion.
Time runs out and Naosusuga rolls to a 15-4 victory.
>> Caragh Morris took a quick 2-0 lead over Jenny Fuamatu of Pearl City, but right at the end of the first period, Fuamatu scored an escape and a takedown for a 3-2 lead.
Morris is going for her second OIA title.
Fuamatu is in control and is close to the pin and she finally pulls it out with the fall in the second period, denying Morris another title.
Campbell’s James Sullivan grabs an 11-4 lead and then pins Kapolei’s Johnny Morrison with 47 seconds to go in the match.
Sullivan, who is No. 9 in the p4P, is now a two-time OIA champion.
Other matches not involving past OIA champions or wrestlers not ranked in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s pound-for-pound rankings:
>> Girls 104: Kaiser’s Tiare-Lynn Ikei def. Roosevelt’s Xiaolin Mai 2-0
>> Boys 108: Moanalua’s Logan Garcia def. Leilehua’s Isaac Stalcup 16-7
>> Girls 114: Roosevelt’s Macy Higa def. Campbell’s Kalissa Pundyke, fall 4:06.
>> Boys 128: Campbell’s Zayren Terukina def. Waianae’s Ke’Ale Keliinoi 7-2
>> Girls 119: Kapolei’s Allie Mahoe def. Kalani’s Czarina Pineda-Abaya, fall 5:24.
>> Girls 134: Kahuku’s Viviana Barcina def. McKinley’s Risa Higa 11-9.
>> Girls 157: Campbell’s Aaliyah Wright def. Leilehua’s Kelani Corbett, fall 2:36.
>> Boys 184: Kaiser’s Micah Arakawa def. Waianae’s Caleb Cardus 9-8
>> Boys 197: Campbell’s Micah Tynanes def. Kahuku’s Jess Kanongataa 10-1
>> Boys 287: Leilehua’s Netane Muti def. Kahuku’s Lennex Alo, fall 0:58.
>> Girls 186: Nanakuli’s Jayde Kaaihue def. Leilehua’s Jaeleen Perez-Ewe, fall 2:25.
>> Girls 227: Waianae’s Mildred Keopuhiwa def. Farrington’s Levenia Fotu 6-1