As expected, the officials tournament shook things up a little bit.
Nobody had more of an impact than ‘Iolani’s Jordan Ng, who dropped Lahainaluna’s Christian Balagso from No. 3 with a narrow 4-3 win. Balagso, a two-time state runner up, fought back to take third place but the damage was done. Ng went on to reach the final, where he lost to Kamehameha’s Blaysen Terukina.
Balagso dropped all the way down to No. 10 with the loss, moving those behind him up. That’s pretty harsh, especially considering his experience and the fact that he won the Garner Ivey just one week prior.
‘Iolani’s Brian Pascua continued his quick rise, moving up two spots to No. 7 with the 145-pound crown at Leilehua. Only Cole Chandler of Pac-Five gave Pascua any resistance.
Kapolei’s Shandon Ilaban moved into the top 10 at No. 8 for taking the 126-pound class with two pins and a 26-14 win. He showed he can win the close ones as well, beating Moanalua’s Antonio Ruiz 8-7.
Punahou’s Josh Crimmins dropped out and Ng and Ruiz added their names to the list of wrestlers to watch along with Maui Lee and Baylen Cooper of Pearl City.
Moanalua served notice that it is a contender, winning Officials without a single champion. But a DQ held Lahainaluna down and Kapolei looks tough. Punahou and defending state champion Pearl City are up there, but nobody really knows about ILH champ Kamehameha.
1. Zack Diamond, Mililani (138)
Officials champ. Pinned Justin Fukuhara (Pun B) in 2:38, Pinned Matthew Mantanona (Campbell) in 3:02, Beat Robert Campos (Lahainaluna) 16-10, Pinned Baylen Cooper (Pearl City) in 5:23.
2. Liam Corbett, Leilehua (152)
Officials champ: Pinned Robert de Brum (Lanai) in 4:52; Beat Dominic Boland (Damien) 16-1, Beat Chad Faris (Kamehameha) 9-0, Pinned Tyler Yoshikawa (Pac-Five) in 3:55.
3. Tristan Ludiazo, Campbell (285) UP ONE SPOT
Officials champ: Beat Kanai Eldredge (Punahou) 12-7, Pinned Moses Bell (Kapolei) in 3:12, Beat Connor Mowat 4-3.
4. Chance Ikei, Kaiser (132) UP ONE SPOT
Officials champ: Beat Samuel Olson (Mililani) 20-4, Pinned Kaysen Takenaka (iolani) in 3:11, Beat Justin Inovejas (Lahainaluna) 9-4, pinned Chevy Tabiolo Fecilda (Moanalua) in 3:32.
5. Cameron Kato, Punahou (113) UP ONE SPOT
Officials champ: Beat Kainalu Estrella (Lahainaluna) 18-3, Beat Gabriel Esperanza (Baldwin) 15-0, Beat Triston Santos (Campbell) 8-2, Beat Cody Cabanban (Saint Louis) 13-3.
6. Blaysen Terukina, Kamehameha (120) UP ONE SPOT
Officials champ: Beat Luisito Deguzman (Mililani) 20-4, Pinned Makana Wong (Kamehameha) in 2:22, Beat Draten Morisato (Kalani) 9-3; Beat Jordan Ng (iolani) 7-2.
7. Brian Pascua, Iolani (145) UP TWO SPOTS
Officials champ: Beat Eugene Chung (Moanalua) 15-0, Pinned Joshua Kahiona (Campbell) in 1:55, Beat Cole Chandler (Pac-Five) 1-0, Pinned Trevor Alvarado (Pearl City) in 4:47
8. Shandon Ilaban, Kapolei (126) UP TWO SPOTS
Officials champ: Beat Ian Murakami (Pac-Five) 26-14, Pinned Matthew Perez (Kamehameha) in 1:13, Beat Antonio Ruiz (Moanalua) 8-7, Pinned Josten Saribay (Lahainaluna) in 4:49.
9. Boman Tokioka, Kamehameha DOWN ONE SPOT
Did not compete at Officials
10. Christian Balagso, Lahainaluna (120) DOWN SEVEN SPOTS
Officials third place: Pinned Caeleb Reyes (Moanalua) in 3:08, Pinned Jordan Kannys (Kaiser) in 4:22, Lost to Jordan Ng (Iolani) 4-3, Beat Keale Keliinoi (Waianae) 5-3, Beat Draten Morisato (Kalani) 9-1.
Josh Crimmins, Punahou
Baylen Cooper, Pearl City
Isaac Diamond, Mililani
Connor Mowat, Lahainaluna
Thomas Stevenson, Baldwin
Cody Cabanban, Saint Louis
Maui Lee, Pearl City
Antonio Ruiz, Moanalua
Jordan Ng, Iolani
Taniya Alo of Iolani was the big mover on the girls side, pinning each of her three opponents in under a minute including then-No. 5 Asia Evans of Pearl City. Alo rose four spots to No. 5.
Carly Jaramillo and Lalelei Mataafa of Lahainaluna did not compete at Officials but swapped spots since Jaramillo won on Maui and Mataafa has not been seen on the mat yet.
Breanna Dudoit-Vasquez of Lahainaluna was the unluckiest, dropping two spots to No. 6. Her crime? Being pinned by No. 1 Teshya Alo of Kamehameha. Dudoit-Vasquez beat two tough wrestlers, Pearl City’s Netanya Kang 8-2 and Kapolei’s Taysia Kano 7-2 on her way to the championship match.
Campbell’s Kalissa Pundyke moved up to No. 4 with her gold medal from Officials while Evans dropped to No. 7.
Lahainaluna left some girls home but brought the right one. Diamond Freitas jumped into the top 10 with her performance at Leilehua, taking the title at 112 with pins in all four matches, three of them against ILH girls and the other against Jaryn Cachola of Farrington.
Kamehameha’s Donavyn Futa dropped three spots even though she didn’t compete at Officials.
Pearl City’s Joen Tominaga and Lahainaluna’s Alexis Encinas joined the watch list behind her.
The girls hit the mat on Friday and Saturday at Punahou’s Paani challenge. The boys are off until next week’s Moanalua Duals.
Lahainaluna didn’t wrestle with its two best athletes and defending state champion Kamehameha didn’t bring everyone either. That allowed Campbell to step up and win Officials. Waianae and Pearl City will push them in the OIA.
Girls wrestling, week 3
1. Teshya Alo, Kamehameha (138)
Officials champ: Pinned Sophia Straton (Punahou) in ;32, Pinned Katie Guzman (Mililani) in 1:08, Pinned Breanna Dudoit Vasquez (Lahainaluna) in 2:42
2. Carly Jaramillo, Lahainaluna UP ONE SPOT
Did not compete at Officials
3. Lalelei Mataafa, Lahainaluna DOWN ONE SPOT
Did not compete at Officials
4. Kalissa Pundyke, Campbell (102) UP TWO SPOTS
Officials champ: Pinned Kacie Nishimura (Pac-Five) in 1:06, Pinned Ilysia Sharai Sana (Waianae) in :31, Pinned Iverly Navarro (Lahainaluna) in 1:02.
5. Taniya Alo, ‘Iolani (127) UP FOUR SPOTS
Officials champ: Pinned Karena Akeo (Mililani) in :40, Pinned Alicia Liemsithisak (Campbell) in :43, Pinned Asia Evans (Pearl City) in :47
6. Breanna Dudoit-Vasquez, Lahainaluna (138) DOWN TWO SPOTS
Second at Officials: Beat Netanya Kang (Pearl City) 8-2, Beat Taysia Kano (Kapolei) 7-2, Pinned by Teshya Alo (Kamehameha) in 2:42
7. Asia Lien Evans, Pearl City (127) DOWN TWO SPOTS
Second at Officials: Pinned Jenna Awana (Waianae) in :45, Pinned Kaile Kron (Lahainaluna) in 1:11, lost by pin to Teniya Alo (Iolani) in :47.
8. Diamond Freitas, Lahainaluna (112) UP TWO SPOTS
Officials champ: Pinned Kirsten Pang (Punahou) in 1:06, pinned Brooke Kawamura (Kamehameha) in 2:21, pinned Jaryn Cachola (Farrington) in 3:15, pinned Taryn Ichimura (Punahou) in 3:11.
9. Angela Peralta, Campbell (145) DOWN ONE SPOT
Officials champ: Pinned Alexandra Aquino (Lahainaluna) in 1:26, Pinned Dani Dinloker Santiago (Mililani) in 5:30, Beat Kari Okubo (Aiea) 11-3
10. Donavyn Futa, Kamehameha (113) DOWN THREE SPOTS
Did not compete on Maui
Jocelyn Alo, Kahuku
Alexis Encinas, Lahainaluna
Joen Tominaga, Pearl City
Angessa Newman, Waianae
Sabrina Alo, Kahuku
Sarah Miner, Aiea