STATES: Takenaka, Respicio, Punley advance at 170

Campbell's Kachi Respicio, right, defeated Kapolei's Gianni Oyadomari in the 170-pound quarterfinals of the state wrestling championships at Blaisdell Arena on Wednesday. Dennis Oda / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Second-seeded Kaysen Takenaka of ‘Iolani edged Pearl City’s Kasey Kikuyama 7-5 in the 170-pound quarterfinals of the state wrestling meet on Wednesday at Blaisdell Arena.

Takenaka joins top-seeded Keanu Punley of Leilehua, Kachi Respicio of Campbell and Roosevelt’s Salvador Gonzalez in the semifinals of the power-packed bracket.

Kikuyama held a 3-2 lead, but Takenaka tied it up 3-3. From there, things happened quickly.

Kikuyama nearly had a takedown (and coach Todd Los Banos said after the match that he thought Kikuyama did have a takedown) that would have made it 5-3.

So with the score still 3-3, Takenaka pulled off a reversal and a near pin for a total of four points to make it 7-3, but the scoreboard only showed a 5-3 score. Kikuyama tied it up (5-5 on the erroneous scoreboard, when it should have been 7-5) with an escape and a stalling call on Takenaka as the match ended.

The officials quickly fixed the scoreboard to 7-5, but there was a protest by Pearl City, with coaches asking to give Kikuyama what they felt was a takedown.

For a few seconds, both wrestlers went to the middle of the mat and prepared for overtime, but in the end, the officials ruled that Takenaka had won.

“I’m going to make it to the finals and hopefully win,” Takenaka said afterward. “I was surprised he was a lot stronger than I expected. Coming in, I wasn’t too familiar with the OIA wrestlers.”

In the other 170 quarterfinals, Respicio defeated Kapolei’s Gianni Oyadomari 9-3, Punley beat Kamehameha’s Kainalu Huddy 6-2, and Roosevelt’s Gonzalez pinned Hawaii Prep’s Jake Grimme in 27 seconds.

That pin is a rare feat in the 170 championship bracket at a major tournament this season.



  1. Charles Amai February 14, 2018 7:51 pm

    The live coverage is different from this report. Semi finals are different from these highlights.

  2. Mahalo February 14, 2018 9:16 pm

    Will you post the updated brackets with the 2nd round of consolations?

  3. Billy Hull February 14, 2018 9:18 pm

    Working on it now. Some of them are updated (Boys 170 is).

  4. Jamie Kamaka February 14, 2018 9:20 pm

    could u make sure that u have waipualani estrella-beauchamp under baldwin not lahainaluna just so it could be correct for girls points much appreciated..

  5. Billy Hull February 14, 2018 9:45 pm

    Is it wrong somewhere?

  6. Bracket_Racket February 14, 2018 10:58 pm

    170 bracketing was a damn joke…

    top 6 OIA guys all on one side…LOL

    set up for Punley and he barely wins

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