LIVE: state wrestling seeding meeting

Punahou's Cameron Kato, who is ranked No. 1 in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser's pound-for-pound rankings, received the No. 1 seed in the 126-pound division for next weekend's state tournament. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Punahou’s Cameron Kato, who is ranked No. 1 in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s pound-for-pound rankings, received the No. 1 seed in the 126-pound division for next weekend’s state tournament. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Here we are at the Sullivan Center at ‘Iolani, and they are in the process of seeding Boys 106.

UPDATE 1: Blockbuster seeding at boys 132 and 152!!!

Kamehameha’s Blaysen Terukina is the top seed at 132 and Shandon Ilaban-Totten is No. 2. Terukina beat Ilaban-Totten 5-4 at the Officials meet. Both are previous state champions and are ranked in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s pound-for pound rankings, where Terukina is No. 4 and Ilaban-Totten is No. 5.

At 152, the top two seeds are also previous state champs and in the p4p rankings. Liam Corbett (No. 2 in p4p) is the No. 1 seed. KJ Pascua (No. 3 in p4p) is the second seed.

At boys 182, plenty of debate for the No. 1 seed. After going through all the criteria, Kealakehe’s Pulama Louis won a coin flip to take the top seed over Kaiser’s Micah Arakawa.

There’s a logjam at Girls 112, and the seeding committee can’t decide between the champions of the OIA (Roosevelt’s Macy Higa), MIL (Lahainaluna’s Alexis Encinas) and ILH (Punahou’s Taryn Ichimura). Lots of head to head matches, and no consensus was reached. However, the No. 1 seed goes to Encinas, who won the Officials tournament.

Of the 12 boys weight classes, 11 schools got the top-seeded wrestler. ‘Iolani was the only squad with two top seeds — Jake Nakasone at 120 and Dane Yamashiro at 285.

Of the girls 12 weight classes, Kamehameha drew five No. 1 seeds and Lahainaluna got three top seeds.

Those eight girls are, from the Warriors — Ashley Gooman at 102, Zion Vierra at 127, Teshya Alo at 132, Callan Medeiros at 168, and Leilani Camargo-Naone at 184, and from the Lunas — Ira Navarro at 97, Iverly Navarro at 107, and Kaile Kron at 117.

We will show you the top four seeds in every division.

League champions will be put into the mix for the top four seeds and then the following criteria will be used by the Hawaii High School Athletic Association seeding committee:

1. Head to head
2. Common tournament, higher placer in same bracket
3. Last year’s state placing in weight class
4. Last year’s state placing
5. Common opponent, focus on losses
6. Vote
7. Coin flip

Boys 106
1. Izaak Panlasigui Domingo, Lahainaluna
2. Logan Garcia, Moanalua
3. Kaua Nishigaya, ‘Iolani
4. Kobby Faldones, Kealakehe

Boys 113
1. Corey Cabanban, Saint Louis
2. Triston Santos, Campbell
3. Kawehi Gillcoat, Lahainaluna
4. Elison Galanto, Kealakehe

Boys 120
1. Jake Nakasone, ‘Iolani
2. Kainalu Estrella, Lahainaluna
3. Kolton Pang, Hilo
4. Jayson Pagurayan, Kapolei

Boys 126
1. Cameron Kato, Punahou
2. Trey Galigo, Kamehameha-Hawaii
3. Souta Nardi, Baldwin
4. Zayren Terukina, Campbell

Boys 132
1. Blaysen Terukina, Kamehameha
2. Shandon Ilaban-Totten, Kapolei
3. Demytri Dameg, Lanai
4. Ka‘au Estrella, Kamehameha-Hawaii

Boys 138
1. Sheldon Bailey Jr., Waianae
2. Kaysen Takenaka, ‘Iolani
3. Justin Inovejas, Lahainaluna
4. Talan Nakamura, Kamehameha-Hawaii

Boys 145
1. Zackary Diamond, Mililani
2. Alexander Kalilikane Delos Reyes, Baldwin
3. Kamaehu Suzuki Scott, Kamehameha
4. Teris Holi, Waiakea

Boys 152
1. Liam Corbett, Leilehua
2. KJ Pascua, ‘Iolani
3. Manu Wengler, Kamehameha-Hawaii
4. Laakea Joy, Baldwin

Boys 160
1. Thomas Stevenson, Baldwin
2. Rodman Salangdron, Kapolei
3. Lincoln Mussell, Hawaii Baptist
4. Brendan Figueroa, Kamehameha-Hawaii

Boys 170
1. Troy Waki, Baldwin
2. Connor Villarmia, Damien
3. Jacob Naosusuga, Waianae
4. Cameron Fuhrer, Honokaa

Boys 182
1. Pulama Louis, Kealakehe
2. Micah Arakawa, Kaiser
3. Saiaiga Fautanu, ‘Iolani
4. Keola Teruya DiMaggio, Maui

Boys 195
1. Micah Tynanes, Campbell
2. Dominic Tominiko, Saint Louis
3. Ethan Ramos, Kamehameha-Hawaii
4. Jayden Ferreira, Baldwin

Boys 220
1. James Sullivan, Campbell
2. Makananui Kaahanui, Molokai
3. Joyden Madriaga, Kamehameha-Hawaii
4. Trinity Fautanu, St. Francis

Boys 285
1. Dane Yamashiro, ‘Iolani
2. Kuikamokuokalani Han, Molokai
3. Netane Muti, Leilehua
4. Riley Rechiro, Honokaa

Girls 97
1. Menjam Tamang, Roosevelt
2. Ira Navarro, Lahainaluna
3. Bailey Hoshino, Punahou
4. Mia Lum, Kamehameha-Hawaii

Girls 102
1. Ashley Gooman, Kamehameha
2. Chelsey Chaves, Maui
3. Tiare-Lynn Ikei, Kaiser
4. Olivia Hettel-Hori, Kealakehe

Girls 107
1. Iverly Navarro, Lahainaluna
2. Mikayla Abe, Pearl City
3. Hilianai Meyer, Kamehameha
4. Brandy Ilac-Wong, Honokaa

Girls 112
1. Alexis Encinas, Lahainaluna
2. Taryn Ichimura, Punahou
3. Macy Higa, Roosevelt
4. Charlotte Taylor, Kealakehe

Girls 117
1. Kaile Kron, Lahainaluna
2. Allie Mahoe, Kapolei
3. Donavyn Futa, Kamehameha
4. Isabelle Tayo, Kealakehe

Girls 122
1. Teniya Alo, ‘Iolani
2. Tehani Carlson, Waianae
3. Ashley Taguiam, Lahainaluna
4. Berri Lagmay, Kealakehe

Girls 127
1. Zion Vierra, Kamehameha
2. Asia Evans, Pearl City
3. Kasey Pule, Kamehameha-Hawaii
4. Daisha Kahoalii-Kalilikane, Lahainaluna

Girls 132
1. Teshya Alo, Kamehameha
2. Viviana Barcina, Kahuku
3. Taylor Pelegrino Hayase, Lahainaluna
4. Gionne Aniban-Morse, Kealakehe

Girls 138
1. Taysia Kano, Kapolei
2. Alexandria Simon, Molokai
3. Pomaikai Yamaguchi, Kamehameha
4. Jaynah Dias, Kamehameha-Hawaii

Girls 145
1. Angela Peralta, Radford
2. Jaclyn Fontanilla, Kamehameha
3. Kayla Araki, Kamehameha-Hawaii
4. Esther Torres-Umi, Molokai

Girls 155
1. Aaliyah Wright, Campbell
2. Karina Arroyo-Haro, Lahainaluna
3. Erika Larson, Kealakehe
4. Jaeden Guerrero, Damien

Girls 168
1. Callan Medeiros, Kamehameha
2. Cendall Manley, Molokai
3. Ivory Ayers, Keaau
4. Jenny Fuamatu, Pearl City

Girls 184
1. Leilani Camargo-Naone, Kamehameha
2. Hannah Miyamoto, Lahainaluna
3. Ebony Ayers, Keaau
4. Jayde Kaaihue, Nanakuli

Girls 225
1. Lalelei Mataafa, Lahainaluna
2. Mildred Keopuhiwa, Waianae
3. Aulii Young, St. Francis
4. Roxie Umu, Kealakehe


  1. Deadpool February 14, 2016 2:05 pm

    not much of a blog

  2. Wrasslin February 14, 2016 2:10 pm

    Yeah, this has been way better in previous years. Not much to see here.

  3. Talloola February 14, 2016 3:07 pm

    What was the debate at 120 for Pang over Pagurayan?

  4. Kama February 14, 2016 4:05 pm

    Looks like drama at 117

  5. Kama February 14, 2016 4:10 pm

    The last time an Alo (Not the Kahuku side family) wasn’t seeded 1st was Teshya in her Freshman year to Evans of Pearl City. We know what happened there. Will Carlson take 1st seed this time around?

  6. Nick Abramo February 14, 2016 4:11 pm

    thanks for your input

  7. Nick Abramo February 14, 2016 4:11 pm

    thanks for your input

  8. Kama February 14, 2016 4:11 pm

    Nope, everyone at the meeting knows better.

  9. Talloola February 14, 2016 4:23 pm

    What happened at 117? Did it come to a vote?

  10. Gail S February 14, 2016 6:39 pm

    Lahaina girls have four top seeds:
    Navarro at 107
    Encinas at 112
    Kron at 117
    Mataafa at 225

  11. Chip February 14, 2016 10:11 pm

    Are you guys gonna post the brackets

  12. Gail S February 15, 2016 10:02 am

    brackets are available to HHSAA site

  13. Nick Abramo February 15, 2016 1:45 pm

    Talloola: Kron placed sixth at states at 117 last year. Mahoe placed fifth, but it was in a different weight class (122). That’s the way the criteria went.

  14. Nick Abramo February 15, 2016 1:48 pm

    Talloola — Pang was fifth at states in 120 last year. Pagurayan was second in a different weight class (106).

  15. Gail S February 15, 2016 3:46 pm

    Hope the criteria stays the same year to year. Difficult to feel good about the process if the rules change all the time, especially after the season. The criteria should be posted before the season starts so players know what they will be judged on and really what is not important.

  16. Gail S February 15, 2016 8:00 pm

    Nick –

    If you can recall….girls 97, how did Navarro (LAH) get the 2 seed over Hoshino (PUN)? As I go down the given criteria, I just don’t see the logic. I heard that the 2 split in head-to-head competition., so no advantage there for Navarro. Hoshino came in second at Officials at 97, so no advantage there for Navarro. Hoshino is the defending State Champ at 97, again no advantage. It really wouldn’t or shouldn’t go past that.

  17. Wrestling spectator February 15, 2016 10:09 pm

    I believe that it is right that schools should be able to send 2 wrestlers from each school to the league championships. There was a lot of deserving players that were cut due to wrestle offs that could have been state placers. Please look at this and try to make this a new rule.

  18. Talloola February 16, 2016 1:08 am

    Just curious, but did Pang beat anybody in the top 6 at 120 this year? It just seems that the in weight class state placement is kind of ridiculous. Did he wrestle in Maui or Officials? If he did, then how did he do? I think we may be seeing the FInals in the semis at a few weights this year.

  19. Jerry Campany February 16, 2016 4:34 pm

    From what I hear Navarro beat Hoshino at the Moanalua duals, and that was their only meeting. Not sure about that, though. Did they wrestle other than at Moanalua?

  20. Jerry Campany February 16, 2016 5:04 pm

    Pang did not wrestle at either Officials or MIT.

  21. Gail S February 16, 2016 8:28 pm

    I had to double check with my sources and Jerry is correct….Hoshino & Navarro competed head-to-head only once at Moanalua Duals. I can now understand how the committee might have come to their decision.

    Of note however is that the match was at 102, not 97. In the future, I think comparison of head-to-head matches should be for action at the weight being seeded. Especially at dual tournaments, wrestlers often compete at different weight classes, more for their teams than for themselves.

  22. Talloola February 17, 2016 6:12 am

    I completely disagree. Wrestlers can’t necessarily be at their low weight classes until later in the season, so any head to head is important to consider.

  23. Gail S February 17, 2016 6:40 am

    My take. There are wrestlers who compete at weight, all season from day one. To me, that should be encouraged & they should be rewarded for that. Why “can’t” you be at low weight from the start? Their are wrestlers who hydrate scratch, at their low weight, no decent plan. It really is simply because they don’t want to. If holding a lower weight is too hard over the extended period, then maybe they shouldn’t be down that low.

    How hard your cut is definitely makes a difference in your performance. A player who is a walking 100 vs a player who is a walking 105 meet up at 102 is one thing, they meet up at 97, I believe is another thing (you could probably make the walking weights even higher). Also, as an example. if a player weighed in for 97 but is playing up at 102 for team dual purposes, that makes a difference too.

    To me the answer you are looking for is who is the better 97 wrestler, not 102. Data at 97 is unquestionable. Data at 102, although it is data, should be looked at with a grain of salt (or maybe not at all).

  24. Ringworm February 17, 2016 8:16 am

    I read on here one of the p4p girls 107 Lahainaluna’s Navarro recently played up to the 117 division in Maui not sure if related to 97 Navarro but that’s 2 weigh classes up does your decent plan reset maybe she was 112 and went up 1 division? If you make low weight of 107 by leagues you already have +2lb it’s a game most will play. Bigger fish in the pond.

  25. Nomas February 17, 2016 10:21 am

    Head to head is pretty black and white. There is hardly ever an argument that’s not lame for not using head to head as the first concrete criteria.

  26. talloola February 17, 2016 12:56 pm

    If Navarro wrestled at 117 recently(after Jan 30) then she would have to weigh more than 109 to be able to wrestle that weight. If 107 is her eligible weight class at that time, then she would be eligible to weigh in at 107 or 112 without resetting her plan. I don’t know what she actually did, but she could have definitely done it.

    Girls constantly start at a greater weight than their low weight. Most are around 2-3 weight classes higher at the start of the season and don’t ever make their low weight. To hold them to in weight class head to heads is almost impossible at the time of Officials and Pa’ani.

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