2012 state wrestling championships

Maryknoll's Cassidy Oshiro celebrated his third state crown. Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell.

Team Standings

Girls
1. Aiea 121; 2. Punahou 116.5; 3. Pearl City 97; 4. Lahainaluna 94; 5. Mililani 88; 6. Campbell 76; 7. Kamehameha 75; 8. Kamehameha-Hawaii 67; 9. Kahuku 60; 10. Farrington 59. 11. Roosevelt 55; 12. Kapolei 49; 13. Molokai 43; 14. Baldwin 37; 15. Waialua 32; t16. Moanalua 28; t16. Mid-Pacific 28; 18. Nanakuli 26; 19. Kau 24; 20. Hilo. 21. Leilehua 21; t22. Maui 20; t22. Waiakea 20; 24. McKinley 16; 25. Konawaena 14; 26. Castle 13; 27. King Kekaulike 12.5; 28. Kamehameha-Maui 9; t29. ‘Iolani 7; t29. Kalaheo 7. 31. Waianae 6.5; 32. Kailua 6; 33. Pacific Buddhist 5; 34. Sacred Hearts 4; t35. Keaau 3; t35. Kealakehe 3; t35. Laupahoehoe 3; t35. Waipahu 3; t39. Maryknoll 2; t39. University 2. t41. Honokaa 1; t41. Radford 1; t43. Hawaii Prep 0; t43. Kalani 0; t43. La Pietra 0; t43. Pahoa 0.

Boys
1. Punahou 223; 2. Mililani 132; t3. Kamehameha 126.5; t3. Lahainaluna 126.5; 5. Campbell 80; t6. ‘Iolani 68; t6. Pearl City 68; 8. Moanalua 67; 9. Farrington 53.5; 10. Maryknoll 48. 11. Maui 46; 12. Leilehua 45; 13. Konawaena 42; 14. Molokai 39; t15. Kamehameha-Hawaii 35; t15. King Kekaulike 35; 17. Waiakea 31.5; 18. Mid-Pacific 31; t19. Baldwin 26; t19. Kealakehe 26. t21. Keaau 24; t21. Saint Louis 24; 23. Waialua 23; 24. Hawaii Baptist 22.5; t25. Kahuku 22; t25. Waianae 22; 27. Kapolei 20; 28. Aiea 19; 29. Kamehameha-Maui 16; 30. University 15. 31. Castle 14.5; 32. Roosevelt 14; 33. Hawaii Prep 13; 34. McKinley 12; 35. Kaiser 11; 36. Radford 9; 37. Honokaa 6; 38. Kalaheo 4.5; 39. Kohala 3.5; t40. Hanalani 2; t40. Kailua 2; t40. Lanai 2. t43. Christian Academy 0; t43. Damien 0; t43. Hilo 0; t43. Kaimuki 0; t43. Nanakuli 0; t43. Pahoa 0; t43. St. Francis 0; t43. Waipahu 0.

98 pounds

Championship match
Kaelynn Canyete (Kapo) def. Mikayla Pico (Mol) 4-3
Match recap: Canyete rebounded after being controlled in the first period, getting the decisive point on a stalling call in the third period. Pico, the top seed, lost in the state final two years in a row and was hurt with 43 seconds left and couldn’t get the final point to get it into overtime.
Quote: “Mikayla is a great wrestler. It feels great to be State Champion.”
Third place
Thai Ha Sloan (Pun) def. Rachel Tolentino (PC) 9-1
Fifth place
Jahya Costa (Kah) def. Samantha Wong (Iol) pin, 2:33


108 pounds

Championship match
Braydon Akeo (Mil) def. Treylan Kobayashi (Wail) 6-4
Match recap: Akeo trailed 3-2 midway through the third period before he pulled off a classic reversal move to take the lead. Kobayashi tied it at 4 late in the bout, but the lanky Akeo caught his foe off-balance for a takedown in the final 15 seconds.
Akeo: “I’ve been waiting all year for this. I’m going to go up a few weight classes next year and try for the state title again.”

Third place
Justin Raymond (Kona) def. Brandon Perez (Camp) 9-3
Fifth place
Jahffrey Akina (Bald) def. Gary Long (Lah) 7-6

103 pounds

Championship match
Candice Segi (Aiea) def.  Angela Enos (Roos) pin, 3:38
Match recap: Segi trailed from the outset but scored a reverse and quickly turned it into a pin in the second period. Segi, a senior, lost to Enos 5-3 in the OIA Championship bout and had never won a tournament in her four years of wrestling.
Quote: “I never thought I’d be here.  Angela beat me the last four times we wrestled.  I left everything on the mat and feel amazing right now.”

Third place
Megan Aina (KSH) def. Alanda Nguyen (Far) pin, 2:54
Fifth place
Jenna Rose Mauliola (KK) def. Sarah Grace (PC) 5-4

114 pounds

Championship match
Cassidy Oshiro (Mryk) def. Isaac Diamond (Mil) 17-7
Match recap: Oshiro’s powerful, ground-level style and technical mastery were too much for the leaner, taller Diamond. Oshiro won his third consecutive crown with another dominant performance, becoming the Wolfpack’s first three-time champ.
Quote: “My strategy was constant offense, be relentless, and keep on pressuring. I was a team captain this year and dropped a weight class for my team. I’m being recruited by Air Force to wrestle in college.”

Third place
Gerald Dionio (Maui) def. Logan Yamamoto (Iol) 13-5
Fifth place
Robin Arellano (Keal) def. Cole Chandler (Kais) 8-2

108 pounds

Championship match
Quinn Nagatani (Mil) def.  Shayna Marie (Far) 3-1
Match recap: Nagatani pinned Oliver for the OIA championship last week, but needed all 6 minutes to beat the game Governor for her second state title. Nagatani won last year while attending Pacific Buddhist Academy. Nagatani also beat Oliver in the semifinals of last year’s state tournament but trailed 1-0 late in this year’s matchup.
Quote: “This feels amazing. I felt a lot stronger this year because I had some really tough competition to help me get better throughout the season.”

Third place
Nicole Taniguchi (Pun) def. Charee Wong (Wail) pin, 0:18
Fifth place
Aarica Barcina (Kah) def. Kayla Guillermo (Cas) 7-4

114 pounds

Championship
Samantha Higa (Aiea) def. Xandria Ford (PC) 7-1
Match recap: Higa won as a top seed after taking a state championship from an unseeded position last year, but Ford gave her all that she could handle. Higa had Ford shut out until the final seconds, but spent a lot of the match trying to escape the underdog’s grasp. Higa won by one point in the semifinals and two in the quarterfinals.
Higa threatened to pin Ford at the end of the first period but Ford escaped and controlled the second period before Higa dominated the third.
Quote: “I tried to wrestle smart and work my angles when I took my shots. It is my senior year, so I left it all on the mat.”

Third place
Janae Lynn Oliver (Far) def. Kiana Yamat (Lah) 4-2
Fifth place
Shana Dilliner (KS) def. Ashley Bumatay (Maui) pin, 2:54

120 pounds

Championship
Sage Aoki (Kona) def. Brendan Chang (Mryk) 3-1
Match recap: Down 2-0 in the second period, Chang was on top of Aoki and in position to possibly score when he was whistled for an illegal full-nelson move, costing him a point.
Quote: “I knew Brendan liked to tie up hard, so I tried to stay on the outside and work on my takedowns. My dad and sister both placed second in States when they wrestled. I knew I could take first.”

Third place
Christian Carbajal (Lah) def.Reinton Kawamae (Roos) 9-6
Fifth place
Jordan Kondo (Pun) def. Chauncey Kano (Kapo)  3-2

120 pounds

Championship
Bree Rapoza (KS) def. Lindsay Villarmia (Aiea) 16-4
Match recap: Rapoza, the 2010 champ, won her second state title and avenged a loss to an Aiea girl last year by manhandling Villarmia. Rapoza nearly pinned Villarmia in the waning second when the Na Alii grappler got careless trying to make up points. Rapoza lost to Sam Higa in the state final last year, but was never challenged this year.
Rapoza only led 6-3 through two periods but turned it on in the third.
Quote: “Everyone doubted me because I lost last year. I treated this like any other match. I’m only a junior and I’m looking forward to next year. I gave it my all.”

Third place
Precious Jaramillo (Lah) def. Lauren Dias (Mil) 5-3
Fifth place
Rizpah Torres Umi (Mol) def. Keila Davids (Camp) pin, 1:50

125 pounds

Championship
Joshua Terao (MPI) def. Bryant Fukushima (Pun) 4-2
Match recap: The matchup of ILH rivals — a rematch of last year’s final — was scoreless for nearly two periods. Terao scored a go-ahead takedown early in the third to seize his second state title in a row.
Quote: “I knew he was stronger and a bit faster, so I tried to be more skilled and technical. He is one of the best in the state and I love competing against him. I love this feeling.”

Third place
Holden Takahashi (Iol) def. Alec Ikei (Mil) 8-0
Fifth place
BJ Pagdilao Bala (Lah) def. Sky Kekona Souza (KSH) forfeit

125 pounds

Championship
Shannon Paaaina (MPI) def. Keani Sebala (Camp) 2-1 OT
Match recap: Paaaina, of Mid-Pacific, won her first state title by the narrowest of margins, getting a point when Sabala was called for stalling with 15 seconds left in overtime. Paaaina forced overtime with an escape with a minute left in regulation after the wrestlers went the first 4 minutes scoreless.
Quote: “Most sophomores don’t make it to States, so this is a great accomplishment. My grandma passed away a few months ago, so this is for her.”

Third place
Tanalei Louis (Waik) def. Jina Miyamoto (Lah) 2-1
Fifth place
Kaimiloa Evans (PC) def. Harmony Pacheco (KS) 4-0

130 pounds

Championship
Todd Murakawa (Pun) def. Gabriel Iereneo-Baring (PC) 8-0
Match recap: Murakawa saw all kinds of opposing strategy in his four wins, but the crafty Iereneo-Baring was able to stay close without getting pinned — like two of Murakawa’s foes. For the most part, though, Murakawa was in control en route to his third state championship in a row.
Quote: “I trained hard with the help of my family, coaches, and teammates. This is been a long journey.”

Third place
Jacob Palimoo (Moan) def. Thomas Tawata (HBA) 6-1
Fifth place
Ricky Ing (KS) def. Cody Uyejo (Mil) 5-2

130 pounds

Championship
Mindy Chow (Pun)  def. Brianne Jhun (Moan) pin, 3:57
Match recap: Jhun made Chow’s third straight state title harder than the other girls in the bracket did, surviving until the end of the second period before being pinned. Chow had dispatched each of her first two opponents in under a minute. Chow was up 7-1 when she stuck Jhun with 3 seconds left.
Quote: “I wanted to have fun on the mat one last time. I don’t plan on wrestling in college, so this was my last match ever. I’m satisfied.”

Third place
Carly Jaramillo (Lah) def. Chantel Pohina (KSH) 11-2
Fifth place
Phairin Hicks (Mil) def. Kari Okubo (Aiea) 5-4

135 pounds

Championship
Chase Tantog (Mil) def. Cheyden Quiocho (Keeau) 5-3
Match recap: Quiocho’s escape with 1:25 left in the second period broke a scoreless stalemate, but Tantog scored two points with 45 seconds to go. Tantog then scored the next three points for a 5-2 lead en route to the win.
Quote: “My plan was the push the pace, and not let him take me down. I trained hard for this.”


Third place
Nathan Inovejas (Lah) def. Kailen Inouye (Mol) 5-4
Fifth place
Keamalu Richardson (KS) def. Rick Viveiros (HBA) 9-4

140 pounds

Championship
Morgan Yamaguchi (Mil) def. Zoe Hernandez (Pun) 9-5
Match recap: Yamaguchi won the showdown between OIA and ILH champs, taking the lead early in the match and never letting it go. Hernandez closed it to 9-5 early in the third period but Yamaguchi had an answer for everything Hernandez attempted. Yamaguchi pinned every opponent before the final.
Quote: “I wrestled Zoe before. She is very strong and made me want to practice harder. My sister won States in 2010 and she told me not to let anyone take the match from me.”

Third place
Kristine Haga (Camp) def.  Uilani Freitas (Lei) 6-4
Fifth place
Kaylan Kanakanui (Hilo) def. Jessi Arnold (Kapo) def.  8-7

140 pounds

Championship
Austin Bloch (KK) def. Tyson Kuahine (KS) 6-4
Match recap: Kuahine’s defensive approach almost worked  in a matchup of the top two seeds. He built up a 4-1 lead entering the third period, but Bloch rallied with five points in the third, including a two-point takedown just before time expired.
Quote: “I just wrestled my heart out. I didn’t slow down because I knew I could push my cardio. Words can’t describe this.”

Third place
Keanu Richardson (Camp) def. Evan Uehara (Pun) 8-2
Fifth place
Sean Chan (Iol) def. Allin Franco (Keal) 2-0

145 pounds

Championship
Blake Cooper (PC) def. Derek Lee Loy (Moan) pin, 4:44
Match recap: Lee Loy, unseeded, offered plenty of resistance, but couldn’t put the sophomore on the defensive. Cooper nearly pinned Lee Loy late in the second period, then put him away in the third for his first title.
Quote: “My dad told me to keep things basic. Fancy moves don’t mean anything. I knew I wanted to pin him, so I tried to wear him down first.”

Third place
Cory Okuda (Aiea) def. Tyler Egami (Pun) forfeit
Fifth place
Brandon Pitts (Wain) def. Thomas Rosen St. John (Lah) pin, 2:56

155 pounds

Championship
Joslynn Kahala Minczer (Nan) def. Tiara Kaye (Pun) 3-1
Match recap: Kahala-Minczer thrilled the OIA side of the crowd with a gutsy performance. She hurt her rib when Kaye slammed her to the mat out of bounds, but responded by returning the favor 20 seconds later. Kaye gave Kahala-Minczer and escape with 42 seconds left but couldn’t get through the Golden Hawk’s sprawl for the takedown.
Quote: “I saw Aiea, Kapolei, Campbell and Kaimuki fans in the stands cheering for me. Whenever I was in bottom position, I saw them telling me to ‘go up.’

Third place
Kuuleilani Lankford (Camp) def. Tekau Taamu (Lah) 6-4
Fifth place
Jasmine Iuta (KSH) def. Janelle Fuamatu (PC) forfeit

152 pounds

Championship
Bryan Peralta (Pun) def. Joshue Rivera (Far) 10-0
Match recap: Peralta secured his second state crown with an array of pure power and a display of reversals and counters that were too quick for Rivera. Peralta finished strong, nearly pinning the OIA champ in the final period.
Quote: “I wrestled like it was my last bout ever. I had confidence in my training and skills. I went all-out.”

Third place
Pat Enos (Waik) def. Andrew Kahalewai (KSM) 6-4
Fifth place
Chanse Uyeda (Lah) def. Jackson Hollingworth (McK) pin, 2:30

160 pounds

Championship
Laurent Remillard (Pun) def. Spencer Kiehm (Iol) pin, 2:55
Match recap: The top seed ended the impressive run by Kiehm, who reached the final with a pair of one-point wins. Remillard pinned Kiehm midway through the second period for his first state crown.
Quote: “I just locked up the bar real tight, slapped down a half, and circled over his shoulder to get the pin. It feels good to finally get my State Championship.”

Third place
Jonah Hoshino (KS) def. Rodney Williams (Cas) 4-1
Fifth place
Daylen Kalulu Sugai (Kah) def. Nathaniel Penalver (Camp) pin, 2:06

175 pounds

Championship
Darcie Manning-O’Brien (Aiea) def. Brianna Jeffries (Roos) pin, 3:45
Match recap: Manning-O’Brien won her second straight state title when she took Jeffries down and flipped her on her back for a pin in the second period. Jeffries upset manning-O’Brien in the OIA championship 2-1, but was not close to doing it a second time. Manning-O’Brien pinned four opponents during the state tournament.
Quote: “I just tried to stay light on my feet. I lost in the OIA tournament, so I used that as motivation. I didn’t know I clinched the Championship for me team until after the match, when coach told me. I’m pretty happy.”

Third place
Welina Tong (KSH) def. Ryann Murakami Samala (Wail) pin, 4:20
Fifth place
Nalani Stanley (KS) def. Dinora Villalobos (Maui) pin, 0:51

171 pounds

Championship
Chaeden Grace Reyes (Far) def. Ikea Ikehara (KS) 2-1
Match recap: Grace-Reyes had to battle with every last ounce of energy to fend off Ikehara. The Governor spent nearly the entire final minute clutching Ikehara’s thigh to prevent an escape and potential defeat.
Quote: “Patience was the key for me. My dad is my coach, and he said no matter what, that he loves me. That meant a lot.”

Third place
Brayden Hill (Pun) def. Jonah Seui (StL) 8-4
Fifth place
Jeffrey Sanchez (Mil) def. Justin Taylor (Lah) pin, 1:46

220 pounds

Championship
Sanoe Spencer (PC) def. Libby Petrie (Kah) 5-1
Match recap: Spencer responded to being poked in the eye by working an escape with 41 seconds left and a takedown with 26 seconds left to earn her second state crown. Spencer won the title in 2010 and beat Petrie 7-1  for the OIA Championship last week.
Quote: “I tried to wrestle smart and not get greedy on the mat. I waited for the moves to come to me. The feeling hasn’t kicked in yet.”

Third place
Sydney Ibarra (Bald) def. Keani Mello Waiwaiole (Kau) pin, 0:21
Fifth place
Kaydie Lynn Tehotu (McK) def. Aimee Shiraki (Kona) forfeit

189 pounds

Championship
Zachary Hernandez (Pun) def.  Totauhelotu Lotuleilei (Maui) pin, 3:55
Match recap: Hernandez capped his career with a second state title and a 28-0 overall record as a senior, including 26 pins. Totauhelotu was no slouch, having pinned his foes in the quarterfinals and semifinals. He was down just 5-0 late in the second period before Hernandez wore the Saber down and finished the bout off.
Quote: “All the hard work, pain, and sacrifice was worth it. If it wasn’t for my coaches and teammates, this wouldn’t be possible. This was my last time on this mat. I’m happy to have wrestled under Coach Oney.”

Third place
Matthew Lee (Moan) def. Santonny Johns (Lei) 7-5
Fifth place
Dayton Furuta (Mil) def. Danny Welds Ebanks (Bald) pin, 0:24

215 pounds

Championship
Dane Pestano (KS) def. Hercules Mataafa (Lah) 5-3
Match recap: Ma‘afala was rewarded a tying point with 20 seconds left — on a stalling infraction — to make it 3-all, but Pestano scored a two-point takedown with 5 seconds to go for the win.
Quote: “I was down when the last period started, so I kept attacking and setting up my shots. It feels amazing, I can’t explain it.”

Third place
Benjamin Bourque (PC) def. Kory Johnson (Pun) 4-0
Fifth place
Zach Mason (Wain) def. Troy Choi (HPA) 6-3


285 pounds

Championship
Akoakoa Paleka Kennedy (KSH) def. Dhavin Spencer Basa (Mol) 5-2
Match recap: Most of the points came on escape moves, and by the time Spencer-Basa began to shoot for Paleka-Kennedy’s legs in the final 15 seconds, it was too late. Paleka-Kennedy captured his second state crown.
Quote: “I wanted to stay in good position and not lean on my opponent. I won last year, but it’s harder to repeat. This feels amazing.”

Third place
Isaiah Thompson (Camp) def. Tyman Hayashi (UHS) 5-2
Fifth place
Jaryn Villegas (Lei) def. Matthew Sparks (Pun) pin, 1:26

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