2019 state third (106), 2018 state sixth (106)
2020 OIA champion (106), 2019 OIA champion (106)
Nicholas Cordeiro is set up to bring lightweight glory back to Waianae.
Cordeiro, the two-time OIA champion and top seed at 106 pounds, can become the first Searider to win the weight class since Randy Florendo way back in 1987 and the first Waianae boy to win states since Keale Keliinoi won at 138 pounds back in 2017.
He has not lost a major tournament since falling to eventual champion Mason Stefanelli of Punahou last year, one of the rare boys to sweep the Garner Ivey, Hawaii Officials and OIA championships this season. He pinned six of his 10 opponents in those contests.
Cordeiro was the second seed last year, and shook off his loss to take third place. Cordeiro’s first state action this year will come against the winner between Kaeo Trvis-Lindsay of Leilehua and Aiea’s Nicholas Williams. Neither of them have wrestled at states before, and Cordeiro had an easy time in a 17-1 victory over Williams at the OIA West championships.
Should he get through, his second opponent will definitely have state experience. Kamehameha’s Chaz Kuikahi-Molina won three matches at states last year while Rajah Lowe of Honokaa fell in his play-in match.
MIL champion Jayse Koyama of Lahainaluna is the top seed here, but Cyrus Bucsit of Saint Louis is the only one with state experience. He went 2-2 last year with both of his victories coming by pin. He will take on Kailua’s Jayden Manibog in the first round while Koyama gets the winner between state neophytes Zairyn Ramos of Campbell and KIF champion Shawn Beckwith.
Looking ahead to the semifinals, Cordeiro has pinned Ramos once and Koyama twice this season, both of them in the first round. Ramos lasted 3:16 with him at the OIA championships.
ILH champion Hale Robinson of Punahou, who pinned his first opponent for his only victory at state last year, is the top seed in this quadrant and his first-round opponent will be tasting states for the first time. Looming in the second round is Kalani’s Brayden Kamimura. Kamimura has a 9-2 victory over MIL champion Koyama to his credit this season. Kamimura has wrestled seven matches at states in his career, going 3-4 after losing both his matches two years ago. Kamimura gets Molokai’s Austin Kaalekani in the first round.
Two-time BIIF champion Brayden Spain earned the top seed here, but he has far from an easy road. He faces either Keane Foster of Farrington, who lost in his only match at states last year, or ‘Iolani’s Joshua Frias in the first round but could get Moanalua’s Dayne Takai in the second. Takai welcomes Marcus Marinas of Baldwin to the tournament in the first round before meeting Spain. Spain beat Takai at Officials in a close 3-2 contest, setting up an anticipated second-round clash.
(1) Nicholas Cordeiro, Waianae vs. (3) Hale Robinson, Punahou
— Cordeiro, Dec 2-1
Notes: Two-time OIA champion Cordeiro gunning for his first state crown … Robinson went 1-2 at states last year … Cordeiro with the two points early and an escape by Robinson makes it 2-1 at the end of the first period … Nothing in the second period … Robinson on bottom to start the third period and that’s where Cordeiro keeps him to win 2-1.
Cyrus Bucsit, Saint Louis vs. Dayne Takai, Moanalua
— Bucsit, FFT
Brayden Kamimura, Kalani vs. Skyler Suzui, Hawaii Baptist
— Kamimura, Dec 5-3
(1) Nicholas Cordeiro, Waianae vs. Cyrus Bucsit, Saint Louis
— Cordeiro, Dec 4-2
(3) Hale Robinson, Punahou vs. Dayne Takai, Moanalua
— Robinson, Dec 4-2
(1) Nicholas Cordeiro, Waianae vs. Chaz Kuikahi-Molina, Kamehameha
— Cordeiro, Dec 8-1
Cyrus Bucsit, Saint Louis vs. Zairyn Ramos, Campbell
— Bucsit, fall 2:34
(3) Hale Robinson, Punahou vs. Brayden Kamimura, Kalani
— Robinson, Maj 15-6
(2) Brayden Spain, Waiakea vs. Dayne Takai, Moanalua
— Takai, Dec 4-2
(1) Nicholas Cordeiro, Waianae vs. Nicholas Williams, Aiea
Rajah Lowe, Honokaa vs. Chaz Kuikahi-Molina, Kamehameha
Jayden Manibog, Kauai vs. Cyrus Bucsit, Saint Louis
(4) Jayse Koyama, Lahainaluna vs. Zairyn Ramos, Campbell
(3) Hale Robinson, Punahou vs. Skyler Suzui, Hawaii Baptist
Austin Kaalekahi, Molokai vs. Brayden Kamimura, Kalani
Marcus Marinas, Baldwin vs. Dayne Takai, Moanalua
(2) Brayden Spain, Waiakea vs. Joshua Frias, ‘Iolani
Nicholas Williams, Aiea vs. Rajah Lowe, Honokaa
(4) Jayse Koyama, Lahainaluna vs. Jayden Manibog, Kauai
Skyler Suzui, Hawaii Baptist vs. Austin Kaalekahi, Molokai
Marcus Marinas, Baldwin vs. Joshua Frias, ‘Iolani
Kaeo Travis-Ligsay, Leilehua vs. Nicholas Williams, Aiea
— Williams, fall 4:28
Shawn Beckwith, Ka’u vs. Zairyn Ramos, Campbell
— Ramos, fall 3:00
Jade Mark Lawas, Kaimuki vs. Skyler Suzui, Hawaii Baptist
— Suzui, fall 1:24
Keane Foster, Farrington vs. Joshua Frias, ‘Iolani
— Frias, Dec 6-2