Moanalua’s unseeded Keane Escaba drops ILH champion at 113

Moanalua's Keane Escaba pulled off the upset of the tournament so far, beating ILH champion Kaistin Vasquez of Punahou. Photo by Jerry Campany/Star-Advertiser.

Keane Escaba is on a roll.

The Moanalua junior wrestler is 2-0 in the 113-pound division at the Texaco/HHSAA Wrestling State Championships on Friday, and the second victory was a big one — a pin over second-seeded ILH champion Kaistin Vasquez of Punahou.

Escaba was down 2-1 at one point and took a 3-2 lead before getting a cradle and the pin on Vasquez.

Earlier, Escaba pinned Mililani’s Jason Tashiro in the qualilfying round.

In the quarterfinals later today, Escaba meets Kamehameha-Hawaii’s Raizen Aina.

“It feels great to be able to perform well, especially since wrestling isn’t my first sport,” Escaba said, “I usually do judo. Wrestling is a sport I’m not really used to.”

Escaba is just one of many the Moanalua boys pushing for a possible team title.

“I’m not worried about our team that much,” he said. “We have a really good team. Every day at practice, we’re working hard, working on our technique. Getting the (team) title is pretty important. It would really mean a lot.”

Another league champion, Max Higa of Roosevelt, lost as the No. 3 seed at 138 pounds. One No. 3 seed was knocked off in the preliminary round on the girls side.


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