Slam season begins for Kamehameha’s Kysen Terukina

Kysen Terukina of Kamehameha is going for an ILH slam on Saturday. Steven Erler/Special to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

There is no rule saying you have to have a legendary name to win four ILH titles for Kamehameha, it only seems that way.

Kysen Terukina will aim at the honor at today’s ILH Championships at Kamehameha, trying to join his brother, Blaysen Terukina from 2016, and Jacob Luning-Hoshino from 2011 as the only Warriors to accomplish the feat.

Terukinas from Kamehameha have won 10 ILH crowns over the years when you add in Shayden‘s haul. Hoshinos have won six.

Kysen Terukina will try for the state slam next week, but the journey begins as the top seed at 132 pounds.

Fellow Warrior Brant Porter will go for his third league title as the top seed at 128 pounds after winning at 106 as a freshman and 120 last year. A pair of Punahou standouts will join him in the quest for a three-peat in 145-pound top seed Vincent Terrell and 285 king Legend Matautia, who won his previous titles at 220 and will wrestle one match to get it done today since he has a bye into the final.

Punahou has never had a boy win the ILH slam. Terrell and Matautia can become the 12th and 13th Buffanblu to win three and the first since Cameron Kato in 2016.

Blaze Pascua is trying to repeat for ‘Iolani as the top seed at 184.

With OIA studs Branden Pagurayan of Kapolei and Moanalua’s Boltyn Taam at 152 over at the OIA Championships, the bracket on the ILH side in no less stellar.

Kamehameha’s Kanai Tapia is the top seed and trying to repeat as champion, but he is going to have to get by fellow ILH champion Stone Franczyk of Hanalani, who is seeded second. Tapia beat Franczyk 11-4 at Officials. Both wrestlers finished third at states last year, Tapia at 138 and Franczyk at 152.

No matter how it shakes out, that will add up to quite a bracket at the state championships.

The brackets can be found here: Varsity Boys Bracket


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