The finals of the Hawaii Wrestling Officials Association Scholarship Tournament are underway at Paul T. Kobayashi Gymnatorium at Leilehua High School.
And we’ve got our first upset in our first match: Roosevelt’s Menjam Tanang knocked off defending state champion and top seed Bailey Hoshino of Punahou 4-2 in overtime. Hoshino is No. 5 in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s pound-for-pound rankings.
Kainoa Torigoe of ‘Iolani and Moanalua’s Logan Garcia are tied at 2 in the first period.
Torigoe wins 3-2 on a misconduct (fleeing the mat) call on Garcia. Torigoe also started the tournament strong, upsetting No. 1 seed Isaac Adriano of Campbell in the first round.
Kamehameha’s Ashley Gooman is down 2-0 to Xiaolin Mai of Roosevelt. In an earlier semifinal match, Gooman defeated Kaiser’s Tiare Lynn Ikei, who had knocked off No. 1 seed Brianna Leong of Leilehua on Friday.
Gooman just went ahead 3-2 with an escape and a takedown. She followed it up with another takedown to win 5-2.
In the semifinals, Kalani’s Chaden Morisato defeated Campbell’s Triston Santos, the top seed who is No. 9 in the pound-for-pound rankings.
But Saint Louis’ Corey Cabanban, who has won a state title, is Morisato’s opponent in the final.
Cabanban, No. 7 in the p4p rankings is dominating so far and leads 4-0.
Cabanban takes the victory 8-2.
Top seed Iverly Navarro of Lahainaluna, who finished third at state last year, is in control with a 4-0 lead over Farrington’s Jaryn Cachola.
She continues the domination for a 6-0 lead.
Jake Nakasone of ‘Iolani earns a first-period pin of Lahainaluna’s Kainalu Estrella.
Lahainaluna’s Alexis Encinas, the top seed and the No. 6-ranked P4P girl, is in a 4-2 hole to Punahou’s Taryn Ichimura.
Encinas comes back in second period to for a 6-4 lead, before Ichimura makes it 6-5 with an escape.
With Encinas ahead 8-7, Ichimura came close to a takedown as time ran out, so Encinas prevailed.
Top seed Cameron Kato of Punahou is totally in control with a 15-3 lead in the second period against Pac-Five’s Ian Murakami.
Kato, who is No. 2 in the pound-for-pound rankings, finishes with a 19-4 win.
Lahainaluna’s Kaile Kron just rought back from a 5-1 deficit to take a 6-5 lead over top seed Czarina Pineda Abaya of Kalani.
Down 9-7, Pineda Abaya nearly came up with a pin in the third period, but got only a takedown for a 9-9 tie.
With 12 seconds left Kron got an escape for a 10-9 lead. Pineda Abaya appeared to come through with a takedown before time expired but she didn’t get the call.
Officials are discussing it.
The upset is final. Kron wins 10-9. Pineda Abaya is in tears, with her hands ver her head. She is shaking her head and there is chorus of boos.
Two state champions are going at it and Kamehameha’s Blaysen Terukina is up 5-0 over Kapolei’s Shandon Ilaban-Totten.
Both are also in the pound-for-pound rankings, top seed Ilaban-Totten at No. 3 and Terukina at No. 4.
It turned out be a grueling match with Terukina holding him off 5-4.
Waianae’s Tehani Carlson, the top seed, and Pearl City’s Alexis Ford are in a defensive battle so far. It’s 0-0 after one period.
In the second period, however, the tables shifted and Carlson scored the win with a pin.
Waianae’s Sheldon Bailey Jr. has taken a quick 3-0 lead over Pac-Five’s Alex Mimura.
Bailey, the top seed, who finished third in the state last season, continued to dominate the match, but did not score any more points for the 3-0 final score.
Kamehameha’s Zion Vierra just scored a takedown to take a 3-2 lead over Asia Evans, the defending state champ at 127 and the No. 1 seed.
Evans just tied it at 3-all and then went ahead 4-3.
Vierra fights back for a 4-4-tie and then pulls off the upset with a takedown in overtime.
Lahainaluna’s Justin Inovejas is up against Campbell’s Joshua Gallarde, the second seed.
It’s tied 4-4 going to the third period. And now it’s in overtime.
Inovejas slams Gallarde down with three seconds left to win 6-4.
Kamehameha’s Pomaikai Yamaguchi has an early 4-1 lead over Lahainaluna’s Daisha Kahoalii-Kalilikane.
Now it’s 6-1 in the second period as Yamaguchi continues her dominance.
Final score: 6-2.
A pound-for-pound classic is expected here between No. 5 KJ Pascua of ‘Iolani and No. 8 Thomas Stevenson of Baldwin. Pascua beat Stevenson in the state final last year at 145.
Pascua, the top seed, scores an early takedown for a 2-0 lead.
Same score, going to the third period.
Pascua gets an escape and then a takedown with less than five seconds left in match to win 5-0.
Top seed Alexandria Simon of Molokai made it to the state final last season and to Kamehameha’s Teshya Alo, who will be wrestling in the Olympic Trials in the spring.
She’s down in this final match, 5-0, to Taysia Kano of Kapolei, though.
Kano holds on for a 7-0 win.
No. 1 pound-for-pound wrestler Liam Corbett of Leilehua is getting tested by Waianae’s Jacob Naususuga.
It’s 2-2 in the second period.
Corbett, the top seed, just went up 4-2. And now it’s 6-2, with Corbett taking control.
Final score: 9-4.
Radford’s Angela Peralta, a transfer from Campbell and No. 10 in the pound-for-pound rankings, is down 2-1 to Pearl City’s Jacqueline Fuamatu in the first period.
Peralta, who finished second in the state last year, just tied it up 2-2 and took a 4-2 lead.
It’s now 7-2 and Peralta appears to be on her way to the win.
A near fall in the final few seconds of the second period boosts Peralta’s lead to 10-2.
Final score 12-3.
Baldwin’s Troy Waki knocks off Damien’s Connor Villarmia, the top seed, 7-5. He was trailing 5-3 going into the last 15 seconds.
Second-seeded Saiaiga Fautanu of ‘Iolani takes an early 3-1 lead over Kahuku’s Gage Whitehead and holds on to win by that same score.
Kamehameha’s Jaclyn Fontanilla, the second seed, has an 8-3 lead over teammate Taj Vierra with 47 seconds left in the third period.
Final score: 8-3.
Top-seeded Callan Medeiros of Kamehameha is locked in a tough struggle with Baldwin’s Saydie Kaia.
Kaia is up 5-0 in the first period.
After a quick flurry of scoring, Kaia is now up 7-4.
Medeiros is only down by one, 7-6, heading to the third period.
Kaia’s takedown early in the third makes it 9-6.
It’s now 9-8.
Final score: Kaia wins 10-8.
Campbell’s Micah Tynanes, the second seed, scored a quick takedown of Waianae’s Caleb Cardus and then got the pin with 40 seconds left in the first period.
Kamehameha’s Leilani Camargo Naone, the top seed, scored a pin over Kapolei’s Alyandina Bushe with 53 seconds remaining in the first period.
Top seed Kanai Eldredge of Punahou has a 5-1 lead over Donte Keliiholokai of Kapolei heading into the third period.
Eldredge is in control and he just made it 7-1.
Final score: 7-2.
Campbell’s Connor Sullivan, the top seed and a state runner-up last season, has a slim 2-1 lead over Kapolei’s Johnny Morrison heading into the second period.
Morrison just tied it at 2-all.
A Sullivan takedown in the second period makes it 4-2. But a Morrison escape cuts the lead to 4-3.
We’re in the third period, and Sullivan is up 6-3.
Sullivan wins by pin with 57 seconds to go.
Kahuku’s Sabrina Alo, a third-place finisher at states last season and the top seed, is in a 2-2 first-period tie with Keaau’s Ebony Ayers.
Ayers is up 5-3 in the second period.
Alo let a chance at a pin get away and is still trailing, 6-5.
Ayers, leading 8-5, pulls off the upset with a pin with 14 seconds left.