PA’ANI: Keahi and Respicio in major 138 duel

Kamehameha's Paige Respicio is shown beating Baldwin's Jahnea Miguel at the Officials tournament 138-pound final. Respicio advanced to the 132-pound state final Thursday. Miguel moved on to the 145 final. Bruce Asato / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Lahainaluna’s Kauanoe Keahi and Kamehameha’s Paige Respicio will tangle in the Pa’ani Challenge 138-pound final Thursday afternoon after semifinal victories earlier in the day.

Keahi is the reigning champion in the weight class. She pinned Kamakana Hernandez-Waialae of Waianae at 3:34. Keahi is trying to come back to form after losing in the Officials tournament semifinals.

Respicio, who won the Officials tournament, knocked off Jahnea Miguel of Baldwin 7-3 in the other semifinal Thursday in a rematch of the Officials final.

“She’s really good and I really like wrestling her,” said Respicio, who finished third at states at 127 last year — the weight class that Miguel won.

Keahi and Miguel were both previously in Hawaii Prep World’s pound-for-pound rankings, but have since dropped out.


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