Wrestling season unofficially began on Friday with a night match at Campbell, but things don’t ramp up until the Maui Invitational Dec. 11 and 12 on five mats at the Lahaina Civic Center.
After that, Officials is scheduled Dec. 18-19 at Leilehua with a USA Wrestling event the day after.
The Paani Girls tournament will be held at Punahou on Tuesday, Dec. 22 with the Moanalua duals wrapping up the preseason Dec. 28 and 29.
The ILH begins its season early, with duals at Kamehameha on Friday, Dec. 4. The girls will open up with Damien taking on Kamehameha, Punahou meeting Pac-Five and the Wolfpack following against the hosts.
The boys open with Damien vs. Saint Louis, Iolani vs. Pac-Five, Punahou vs. Pac-Five and Saint Francis vs. Saint Louis. The feature matchup on the first week has to be Kamehameha vs. Punahou in the middle of the duals. The event begins at 5:30.
The regular season continues until Jan. 29 at Saint Louis when Iolani and Kamehameha meet in a boys dual among other matches and Kamehameha’s girls take on Punahou.
The ILH dual tournament is scheduled for Feb. 5-6 at Iolani with the ILH championships to be held Feb. 13 at Punahou. The state championships are Feb. 19-20 at the Blaisdell.
The OIA will not be having dual meets this year, opting to go with round robin tournaments instead.
The first action is Saturday at three different sites, each one starting at 10 a.m.
Campbell, Kalani, Radford, Pearl City, Aiea, Roosevelt and Kalaheo will be at Kalaheo; Moanalua, Castle, Waipahu, Anuenue, Waianae, Kailua and Waialua all make the trip to visit Kaiser and Kapolei, Kahuku, Kaimuki, Nanakuli, Leilehua, McKinley and Farrington all roll out the mats at Mililani.
The last of five round robins will be Jan. 23 at Kailua, Pearl City and Moanalua. The OIA and ILH come together for a mini tournament on Jan. 9 with the girls at Nanakuli and the boys at Waipahu and Kamehameha.
The OIA postseason begins with the dual meet championship Jan. 28 at Waianae followed by divisionals at Aiea and Farrington Feb. 4 and the OIA championships Feb. 13 at Leilehua.
Here are the ILH and OIA schedules:
2015-16 ILH Wrestling Schedule – Schedule
We plan on having our first pound-for-pound rankings either before the MIT or after Officials and hope to follow it up with weight class and team rankings beginning in January if I am confident we can get results.
Some wrestlers to watch this season are in the Pound for Pound rankings are Cameron Kato of Punahou, Liam Corbett of Leilehua and Iolani’s KJ Pascua among the boys and Iolani’s Teniya Alo, Lahainaluna’s Lalelei Mataafa and Taryn Ichimura of Punahou.
It’s early, but one of the the biggest battles figure to be Blaysen Terukina of Kamehameha vs. Shandon Illabon of Kapolei at 132 on the boys side and whether Asia Lien Evans of Pearl City will stay at 132 where Kamehameha’s Teshya Alo resides.