We’re here at the Kamehameha gym and the ILH championships have been going on since noon.
The semifinals are done and we will be updating you on some of those matches.
We will be giving you a list of finals matches as soon as they are available, and if we can (depending on the gym setup), will give you a live blog of the finals on a separate post.
>> 2:45: Saint Louis’ Corey Cabanban, a three-time state champion who is going for his fourth ILH title, pinned his semifinal opponent in 42 seconds in the 128-pound class. Cabanban is also the No. 1 wrestler in Hawaii Prep World’s pound-for-pound rankings.
>> 2:47: There appears to be some great competition going on at boys 122. ‘Iolani’s Brady Hoshino just defeated Saint Louis’ Tyler Ibarra 6-3 in the semifinals and will now move on to face Kamehameha’s Kysen Terukina, who is No. 5 p4p and who has one state title under his belt. However, Terukina lost a match at the Officials tournament and, according to coaches, is more determined than ever.
Hoshino and Ibarra have now beaten each other twice each this season.
About facing Terukina next, Hoshino said, “Gotta keep working, keep moving during matches. At the beginning of the season, I lost to him by major decision. Then at Officials in the quarters, I lost 4-1. Then I saw him the next day and lost 6-1. Recently, I lost to him 7-3.”
>> 2:57: The girls semifinals are done. Girls in many weight classes have already been seeded into the finals. There was one big semifinals match, with Punahou’s Punahou’s Sara Obra Nakata, who is going for a repeat title, pinning Kaycie Tanimoto of Pac-Five.
>> 3:16: Two pins in the 222 semifinals brings us to the finals. Top-seeded Legend Matautia of Punahou beat Damien’s Matthew Respall. He will face Saint Louis’ Dominic Tominiko (the 2016 champ in this class), who defeated defending champion Kamehameha’s Brock Ai. Matautia won the Officials tournament, topping Tominiko in the final.
“At Officials, I had to work hard against Dom but still came out on top 4-1,” said Matautia, who is recovering from a back injury. “I’m ready.”
Said Tominiko: “This guy got me at Officials once already, so I just gotta push. It was preseason and he’s been out with a back injury. I’ve been working on my conditioning, so we’ll see.”
>> 3:25: Here is a list of finals matches —
Zoe Omura (‘Iolani) vs. Sarah Obra Nakata (Punahou)
Kaitlin Ito (Pac-Five) vs. Madison-Joy Kogachi (Punahou)
Dania Furuya (Pac-Five) vs. Kalai Tegan (Kamehameha)
No. 3 Ashley Gooman (Kamehameha) vs. Robyn Yim (‘Iolani)
Alana Vivas (Kamehameha) vs. Alexis Gibbs (Damien)
Skye Realin (Kamehameha) vs. Marisa Iha (Punahou)
Alexis Nova Posiulai (Kamehameha) vs. Rebecca Chan (‘Iolani)
No. 9 Paige Respicio (Kamehameha) vs. Isabella Wong (Punahou)
Krystal Puahala (Kamehameha) vs. Precious Brown (Kamehameha)
Zion Grace Vierra (Kamehameha) vs. Jordan Yogi (Kamehameha)
Hiilani Kaaloa (Damien) vs. Amy Sotoa (Kamehameha)
Chynna Ancheta (Pac-Five) is the champion (unopposed)
Valerie Ramos (Damien) vs. Dylan Huddy (Pac-Five)
Tenielle Ellis (Punahou) is the champion (unopposed)
Brant Porter (Kamehameha) vs. Skyler Suzui (Pac-Five)
Elijah Kaawa (Saint Louis) vs. Hunter Fujiwara (‘Iolani)
No. 5 Kysen Terukina (Kamehameha) vs. Brady Hoshino (‘Iolani)
No. 1 Corey Cabanban (Saint Louis) vs. Casen Watanabe (Punahou)
Ansen Ursua (Saint Louis) vs. Kaua Nishigaya (‘Iolani)
Vincent Terrell (Punahou) vs. Kanai Tapia (Kamehameha)
Joshua Matsumoto (Pac-Five) vs. Bolton Taam (Saint Louis)
Makana Tapia (Kamehameha) vs. Jake Angelo (‘Iolani)
Mason Canonico (Punahou) vs. Blaze Pascua (‘Iolani)
Kaysen Takenaka (‘Iolani) vs. Kainalu Huddy (Kamehameha)
Kaimipono Fisher (Kamehameha) vs. Kalea Correa (Saint Louis)
Laakea Ane (Kamehameha) vs. Hunter Guerrero (Saint Louis)
Legend Matautia (Punahou) vs. Dominic Tominiko (Saint Louis)
Cody Bollig (Kamehameha) vs. Harry Lloyd (Damien)