LIVE BLOG: State Wrestling Finals

Branden Pagurayan of Kapolei and his teammates are in the house at Moanalua on Saturday night. Participating in a dual spotlight meet.

The finals of the Texaco/HHSAA State Wrestling Championships will begin at 3:30 p.m.

Below is a list of all of the matchups. A live blog of each match will follow below. Girls 145 will kick things off and Kahuku’s Teniya Alo will end the night going for her third state title on the girls side while Moanalua’s Noah Wusstig (Moan) and Lahainaluna’s Kawehi Gillcoat will battle for the boys 138-pound title.

>> Leilehua wins the boys state wrestling title 156-155 over Kamehameha and the girls race is even closer.

>> Baldwin beats Kamehameha for the girls state wrestling title 157.5-157.

FINAL BOYS STANDINGS: 1. Leilehua 156. 2. Kamehameha 155. 3. Lahainaluna 148. 4. Saint Louis 140. 5. Moanalua 109.5. 6. ‘Iolani 103.5. 7. Kapolei 85. 8. Baldwin 84.5. 9. Campbell 82. 10. Punahou 80.5. 11. McKinley 70.5. 12. Waianae 58.5. 13. Pearl City 57. 14. Roosevelt 37. 15. Kalaheo 29. 16. Radford 28. 17. Kealakehe 27. 18. Molokai 22. 19. Kaiser 20. 20. Maui 19.

FINAL GIRLS STANDINGS 1. Baldwin 157.5. 2. Kamehameha 157. 3. Lahainaluna 148. 4. Moanalua 116. 5. Pearl City 111. 6. Kahuku 97. 7. Roosevelt 91. 8. Waianae 78. 9. Kaiser, Kapolei 63. 11. Leilehua 62.5. 12. Punahou 58. 13. Kealakehe 56. 14. Molokai 50. 15. Aiea 41. 16. Castle 40. 17. Campbell, Hawaii Baptist 34. 19. Damien 20. KS-Hawaii, Konawaena 29.

VIDEO: Semifinals matches

Baldwin’s Jahnea Miguel, left, took down Castle’s Sadie Antoque on her way to winning the girls 145-pound state final. Photo by Dennis Oda/Star-Advertiser.

(1) Sadie Antoque (Cast) vs. (2) Jahnea Miguel (Bald)

— Two sophomores kick things off here in the finals. Miguel leads 3-2 after one. Antoque on the bottom to start the second period. Antoque comes close once but Miguel manages to hold her down for no points either way in the second. Miguel with a reversal immediately to start the third for a 5-2 advantage. Miguel adds another and gets it done for the second state title for the two-time MIL champion.

Result: Miguel def. Antoque 7-3

BOYS 145
(1) Zayren Terukina (Camp) vs. (2) Boltyn Tamm (StL)

— Tamm, the freshman, gets the defending 132-pound state champion and three-time OIA champion Terukina. Terukina out to an early lead and is cruising. Tamm gets a reversal in the third period for a couple of points but it’s all Terukina, who adds a second state title to his three OIA championships.

Result: Terukina def. Tamm 11-6

(1) Kelani Corbett (Lei) vs. Nina Seoane (PC)

— Corbett came close to a pin near the end of the first period and leads 4-1. Methodical performance for the Leilehua junior as Corbett makes it three state titles with a chance for a slam next year.

Result: Corbett def. Seaone 12-4

BOYS 152
(1) Makana Tapia (KSK) vs. (3) Branden Pagurayan (Kapo)

— Tapia, a junior, against Pagurayan, a freshman. Both league champs. Tapia takes a 3-2 lead in the third but Pagurayan is up quickly to tie it at 3-3. Pagurayan squirts out from the bottom and gets a takedown with 30 seconds to go. Tapia starts on bottom and escapes. It’s 5-4. DOWN TO THE WIRE. Pagurayan holds on to win 5-4.

Result: Pagurayan def. Tapia 5-4

(1) Kapoina Bailey (Kona) vs. (2) Jennie Fuamatu (PC)

— Bailey, a junior, gets Fuamatu, a three-time OIA champion and one-time state champ. Bailey jumps out to a 5-0 lead. She starts the second on the bottom and escapes late but Fuamatu given two for the takedown just before the end of the second period. 6-3 to start the third. Fuamatu comes close but Bailey flips it and gets the takedown. Bailey gets her first state title after finishing second last year. Fuamatu, who won last year, is runner-up for the second time.

Result: Bailey def. Fuamatu 10-3

BOYS 160
(1) Makoa Cooper (PC) vs. Rysan Leong (Kalh)

— A rematch of the OIA final won by Cooper. Leong has a chance to take out the top three seeds in the same tournament. Leong takes a 4-2 lead at the end of the second. Cooper on bottom to start the third. Cooper escapes at 1:05 and it’s 4-3. Close to the end. Cooper almost has him. Clock hits ZERO. Leong does it 4-3. Upset at 160. Cooper hadn’t lost in awhile.

Result: Leong def. Cooper 4-3

Kealakehe’s Roxie Umu, right, earned the shutout over Baldwin’s Sierra Vida to win the girls 184-pound final. Photo by Dennis Oda/Star-Advertiser.

(1) Roxie Umu (Keal) vs. (2) Siera Vida (Baldwin)

— Two neighbor islands champs going at it. Umu, a three-time BIIF champion, has a fourth and a third at states and now has a title with a shutout.

Result: Umu def. Vida 6-0

‘Iolani’s Kaysen Takenaka survived arguably the toughest weight class in the state with a 6-0 win over Lelehua’s Keanu Punley in the 170-pound state final. Photo by Dennis Oda/Star-Advertiser.

BOYS 170
(1) Keanu Punley (Lei) vs. (2) Kaysen Takenaka (Iol)

— Arguably the toughest weight class in the state crowns its champion. Punley has been in a war seemingly every match this tournament. Takenaka has been second and third at states. Takenaka gets popped in the mouth up 2-0 forcing an injury timeout. Takenaka holds on and leads 2-0 after one. Takenaka keeps Punley down in the second and it’s 4-0. Does Punley have it in him again to come back? Takenaka on the bottom to start. Punley lets him up with 80 seconds to go. Takenaka wrestles a beautiful match and gets his state title.

Result: Takenaka def. Punley 5-0

(1) Tangiteina Niutupuivaha vs. (2) Celine Gomes (Baldwin)

— Niutupuivaha gets the first pin in a final, doing it in 1:16. She gets a title after finishing fifth last year.

Result: Niutupuivaha def. Gomes fall 1:16

Leilehua’s Brett Barefoot pinned Kapolei’s Vance Keliihoomalu to take states at 182 pounds. Photo by Dennis Oda/Star-Advertiser.

BOYS 182
(1) Brett Barefoot (Lei) vs. Vance Keliihoomalu (Kapo)

— Barefoot steamrolls to the title with a pin in 43 seconds.

Result: Barefoot def. Keliihoomalu fall :43

Allicia Mahoe (Kapo) vs. (2) Xiaolin Mai (Roos)

— Mai leads 2-0 after one and starts the second on bottom. She’s credited with an escape for a 3-0 lead. It remains that way headed into the last. Mai gets that elusive state title after placing third two years ago and runner-up last year. Mahoe with her third top-six finish at states.

Result: Mai def. Mahoe 3-1

Campbell’s Alize Wright beat Kamehameha’s Laakea Ane in the boys 195-pound final. Photo by Dennis Oda/Star-Advertiser.

BOYS 195
(1) Alize Wright (Camp) vs. (3) Laakea Ane (KSK)

— No score after one. Ane starts the second on the bottom. Wright with a dominant second period to lead 7-1. Wright gets his first state title.

Result: Wright def. Ane 10-3

Lahainaluna’s Ira Navarro beat Hawaii Baptist’s Kaitlin Ito 7-5 to win her second state title. Photo by Dennis Oda/Star-Advertiser.

(1) Ira Navarro (Lah) vs. (2) Kaitlin Ito (P5)

— Navarro, the three-time MIL champ, going for a second state title. She scores the quick takedown and leads 2-1 after one. She starts the second from the bottom and is out quickly for a 3-1 advantage. Navarro stretches lead to 5-2 after two. Ito with the escape to start the third and she’s still in it. A takedown and a reversal negates each other and Navarro wins 7-5.

Result: Navarro def. Ito 7-5

BOYS 220
Laulii Iosefa (McK) vs. Jonah Caminos Freitas (Lei)

— Freitas beat Iosefa in the OIA final. Both were division champions. Iosefa upset top-seeded Legend Matautia in the quarterfinals so this should be good. Iosefa gets the takedown in the first. He leads 3-1 after two. Freitas on bottom and escapes to make it 3-2 with 1:40 to go. Thirty seconds to go. Iosefa checks the clock. Restart. Ten seconds. Freitas shoots twice but Iosefa sprawls. OVER. Iosefa is the champ after finishing third last year.

Result: Iosefa def. Freitas 3-2

(1) Haylee Fujioka (Roos) vs. (3) Sami Saribay (Lah)

— Fujioka took third and Saribay fifth last year. Fujioka got the top seed after OIA champion Shantelle Mangrobang couldn’t compete due to a concussion. Tied 3-3 after two. Fujioka starts the third on the bottom. Saribay holds on for dear life at the end and we’re going extras. Saribay gets the two to end it.

Result: Sarabay def. Fujioka 5-3

BOYS 285
(1) Ezekiel Samuelu (McK) vs. (3) Cody Bollig (KSK)

— Bollig makes a late charge but Samuel holds him off to give McKinley a sweep of the 200-plus weight classes.

Result: Samuelu def. Bollig 3-2

(1) Tiare Ikei (Kais) vs. (2) Ashley Gooman (KSK)

— Some might call this the main event of the evening. Both are ranked in Hawaii Prep World’s Top 10 pound-for-pound. Ikei is a two-time OIA champion and Gooman is looking to add a third state title to her resume that already includes three ILH titles. Ikei gets four quick points early. And she holds on. No score over the next two periods. Ikei knocks off the No. 3 pound-for-pound denying Gooman a shot at the state slam.

Result: Ikei def. Gooman 4-1

Baldwin’s Coby Ravida caught top seed Brant Porter of Kamehameha and pinned him to win the boys 106-pound final. Photo by Dennis Oda/Star-Advertiser.

BOYS 106
(1) Brant Porter (KSK) vs. (2) Coby Ravida (Bal)

— Ravida is a two-time MIL champ. Porter won Officials and ILH but Ravida gets the pin and it’s over.

Result: Ravida def. Porter fall 2:59

Roosevelt’s Macy Higa (top) beat Kamehameha’s Alana Vivas in overtime in one of the closest finals matches this year. Photo by Dennis Oda/Star-Advertiser.

(1) Macy Higa (Roos) vs. (2) Alana Vivas (KSK)

— Higa is a three-time OIA champion and won states as a sophomore two years ago. Vivas out to a 2-0 lead after one. Higa with a point and we’re tight, 2-1, heading to the third. Higa has to let Vivas up to give up a point but then shoots it and gets the slam takedown for two points. Higa forces extra time. Actually there’s a second on the clock in the third. Trainers out to check on someone for blood. Now we go to extras. Higa shoots for the single leg. Vivas trying to fight it. NO! She goes down. Higa pulls it out 5-3. What a comeback at the end.

Result: Higa def. Vivas 5-3

Moanalua’s Elijah Asuncion celebrated his win in the 113-pound final at the state tournament. Photo by Dennis Oda/Star-Advertiser.

BOYS 113
(1) Elijah Asuncion (Moan) vs. Hunter Nagatani (Lei)

— After finishing fourth at states last year, Asuncion cruises to the win for the title. Nagatani finishes higher at states than in the OIA (third).

Result: Asuncion def. Nagatani 10-3

(1) Nanea Estrella (Lah) vs. (3) Marisa Iha (Pun)

— Estrella, a sophomore, going for her second state crown against the ILH champ Iha. Estrella off to a good start and leads 2-0 after one. Iha has to survive to avoid the pin at the end of the second and it’s 7-1 Estrella. Estrella gets the pin to get halfway to the slam.

Result: Estrella def. Iha fall 5:29

Referee Stan Ono raised the hand of Kamehameha’s Kysen Terukina after he beat ‘Iolani’s Brady Hoshino for his second state title. Photo by Dennis Oda/Star-Advertiser.

BOYS 120
(1) Kysen Terukina (KSK) vs. Brady Hoshino (Iol)

— Terukina is another wrestler going for his second state title as a sophomore. Hoshino finished second at ILH. Kamehameha could use a pin here for the team race, which is coming down to the wire. Hoshino battles to the end but Terukina, who is No. 5 pound-for-pound, proves to be too much.

Result: Terukina def. Hoshino 8-2

(1) Waipualani Estrella-Beauchamp (Bald) vs. (3) Alexis Nova Posiulai (KSK)

— WOW. Posiulai nearly has a takedown, it gets waved off, and then Estrella-Beauchamp ends up on top and scores the pin.

Result: Estrella-Beauchamp def. Posiulai fall 1:36

Saint Louis’ Corey Cabanban took down Punahou’s Casen Watanabe on his way to a fourth state championships. Photo by Dennis Oda/Star-Advertiser.

BOYS 126
(1) Corey Cabanban (StL) vs. Casen Watanabe (Pun)

— Cabanban can join Patrick Higa (‘Iolani), Jonathan Spiker (Saint Louis), Brandon Low (Saint Louis) and JOshua Terao (Mid-Pacific) as boys four-time state champs. These two know each other well. Cabanban gets up 2-0 after one and the escape makes it 3-0. Now 6-0 as Cabanban is on his way to closing the deal. Watanabe not going down without a fight as he spins for an impressive reversal and two points. Ladies and gentlemen, the fifth boys four-time state champion in history.

Result: Cabanban def. Watanabe 7-2

Kamehameha’s Paige Respicio (left) beat Kaiser’s Roselani Ikei in the 132-pound girls final. Photo by Dennis Oda/Star-Advertiser.

(1) Roselani Ikei (Kais) vs. (2) Paige Respicio (KSK)

— Respicio finished third last year. Ikei second. Both are reigning league champions. Should be a doozy. Respicio leads 2-1 after one and extends it to 3-1 on the escape to start the second. Respicio gets two more points and has Ikei in some trouble in the second but Ikei gets out of it and then escapes. 5-2 after two. Respicio gets it done. Strong showing from the Ikei family this year.

Result: Respicio def. Ikei 7-3

Lahainaluna’s Kainalu Estrella (bottom) beat ‘Iolani’s Kaua Nishigaya in the 132-pound state final. Photo by Dennis Oda/Star-Advertiser.

BOYS 132
(1) Kainalu Estrella (Lah) vs. (3) Kaua Nishigaya (Iol)

— Estrella takes a 2-1 lead to the third as the four-time MIL champ looks for his first state title after two seconds and a third. Estrella adds two more in the third for a 5-1 lead. A minute to go. Estrella takes it and is pumped after it’s over. That’s got to feel good for him.

Result: Estrella def. Nishigaya 7-3

(1) Teniya Alo (Kah) vs. (3) Krystal Puahala (KSK)

— Puahala, a freshman, gets Alo, who is going for No. 3. Alo with four quick points but is too far out of the circle to get the pin. Restart. Quickly 7-0 but Alo docked a point for an illegal headbutt. Alo gets three more but just can’t finish it in the ring. Puahala makes it out of the first period. It’s 10-1 to start the second. Alo gets the finish in 2:30

Result: Alo def. Puahala fall 2:30

BOYS 138
(4) Noah Wusstig (Moan) vs. (2) Kawehi Gillcoat (Lah)

— The OIA champion and three-time MIL champion lock horns to finish this off. Wusstig rolling through this one.

Result: Wusstig def. Gillcoat 14-7

Sorry for the delay but we are working on team results. Both races may have come down to a single point or less.


>> Leilehua wins the boys state wrestling title 156-155 over Kamehameha and the girls race is even closer.
>> Baldwin beats Kamehameha for the girls state wrestling title 157.5-157.


  1. BigIslandWeakling February 15, 2018 3:55 pm

    Roxy Umu is from Kealakehe not Keaau. I also noticed it said Myra Liufau from Keaau when shes actually from Kealakehe

  2. Parent of a Wrestler February 15, 2018 6:43 pm

    To the writer! Maybe you should learn to be a little more professional and softer in your write-ups. So inconsiderate of these children. Cmon if you’re unhappy with yourself, that doesn’t mean you can use high School kids as entertainment to make you feel better! Grow Up

  3. Parent2 February 15, 2018 7:11 pm

    Dear parent, suck it up! You are a parent of wrestler!
    Thank you to the writer for rushing to get these out as quick as possible. Errors and all….

  4. Mark B. February 15, 2018 7:16 pm

    To parent of a wrestler:

    If you can’t handle a little commentary than you may be better served finding another sport to watch.

  5. Charles Amai February 15, 2018 7:32 pm

    Absolutely nothing wrong with the commentary. I’m guessing your kid lost, teach them how to LEARN…Maybe from someone wiser.

  6. Old Leilehua Coach February 15, 2018 8:00 pm

    Very cool Leilehua this was a long time coming. Great job coach Kevin and the whole Leilehua team. Couch Larry

  7. Another Parent of a Wrestler February 16, 2018 9:56 am

    To “Parent of a Wrestler”:

    I am a parent of a wrestler too and we are all entitled to our own opinions so here’s mine.

    You’re not doing any better yourself. Putting down the writer and making him feel insignificant is not effective. It just shows your true colors. Maybe you should look in the mirror and see if you need some GROWING UP too. I think it’s called ADULTING and PARENTING.

    We should be teaching our children to be able to accept constructive criticism and use that to improve themselves. You won’t know the true meaning and value of hard work if you don’t fail. Life is not perfect.

    Writer did his job and commentary was as exactly how it all went down.

    Great job to all the athletes, coaches and parents!!

  8. Leialoha February 17, 2018 8:50 am

    Good job Luna’s and congrats to Kainalu on his State title. Gilcoat should of got his! That was a PIN ALLDAY com on ref!

  9. LongLASTlahina February 17, 2018 9:31 am

    Agreed Gillcoat won that match, Moanalua kid was flat on his back for awhile #stolenstatetitle

  10. Jenny February 17, 2018 10:22 am

    Doesn’t matter it’s done get over it! Watched the 138lb match between Gilcoat and Wusstig.
    It sure looked like a pin but the ref did not call it so done deal its over.

  11. Wrestling Dad February 22, 2018 6:24 am

    Alana Vivas Macy Higa was a good match going into overtime after the third round.
    Congrats to Macy and Roosevelt.
    Good job Alana for your 2nd in State place, especially after not being able to wrestle last year.

  12. Wrestling Pop February 22, 2018 11:52 am

    “AWESOME JOB” Baldwin Girls!!! And all the Maui County Schools involved. I am so impressed with how the Maui County Schools wrestlers & ohana supported each other at the states.That’s what makes MAUI NO KA OI!!!

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