The 2016 Chevron Hawaii/HHSAA State Wrestling Championships begin Friday. To get you ready, we will preview the matchups in each weight class for both boys and girls.
Alo advances with a bye
Higa def. Kalama, 5:31
Kauhola def. Bicoy Juario, 7-3
Hamada def. Aniban-Morse, 9-8
Hayase advances with a bye
Akeo def. Riley, 0:37
Awana def. Williams-Espindola, 2:32
Barbican advances with a bye
Alo def. Higa, 0:40
Kauhola def. Hamada, major decision, 15-3
Hayase def. Akeo, 2:52
Barcina def. Awana, 5-2
Teshya Alo, Kamehameha
Sierra Kalama, Kauai
Risa Higa, McKinley
Kelsey Lee Bicoy Juario, Molokai
Chaika Kauhola, Aiea
Paige Hamada, Pearl City
Gionne Aniban-Morse, Kealakehe
Taylor Pelegrino Hayase, Lahainaluna
Jenna Awana, Waianae
Karena Akeo, Mililani
Kayla O’Sullivan, Maryknoll
Riley Abbey, Hawaii Prep
Shavelle Williams-Espindola, Campbell
Viviana Barcina, Kahuku
Alo just can’t seem to find a match. She won the ILH by walkover for the second straight year and has already earned a bye in the first round of the state tournament.
That’s what happens when you are a three time state champ and two months removed from competing in the Olympic trials. With Alo in the bracket, everyone else is wrestling to get on the podium next to her.
Barcina also has a bye because Alo scared everyone away, and the OIA champ is almost assured of improving on her state placing of fifth last year.
If the name Barcina sounds familiar, it should. Kahuku’s Aarica Barcina was possibly the biggest giant killer in the history of the girls tournament after taking down top seed Sarah Grace Alegria in the first round in 2013.
But let’s not get carried away. Alo is here to pick up her fourth title and hope she doesn’t hurt anyone in the process.