2012 HHSAA State Championships: Boys Finals – Matside Videos

March 7, 2012 by  
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2012 HHSAA Boys Wrestling Championship Matches

Boys 108 – Braydon Akeo (Mililani) vs. Treylan Kobayashi (Waialua)

Boys 114 – Cassidy Oshiro (Maryknoll) vs. Isaac Diamond (Mililani)

Boys 120 – Sage Aoki (Konawaena) vs. Brendan Chang (Maryknoll)

Boys 125 – Joshua Terao (Mid-Pacific) vs. Bryant Fukushima (Punahou)

Boys 130 – Todd Murakawa (Punahou) vs. Gabriel Iereneo-Baring (Pearl City)

Boys 135 – Chase Tantog (Mililani) vs. Cheyden Quiocho (Keaau)

Boys 140 – Austin Bloch (King Kekaulike) vs. Tyson Kuahine (Kamehameha – Kapalama)

Boys 145 – Blake Cooper (Pearl City) vs. Derek Lee Loy (Moanalua)

Boys 152 – Bryan Peralta (Punahou) vs. Joshue Rivera (Farrington)

Boys 160 – LJ Remillard (Punahou) vs. Spencer Kiehm (Iolani)

Boys 171 – Chaeden Grace-Reyes (Farrington) vs. Ikea Ikehara (Kamehameha – Kapalama)

Boys 189 – Zachary Hernandez (Punahou) vs. Totauhelotu Lotulele (Maui)

Boys 215 – Dane Pestano (Kamehameha – Kapalama) vs. Hercules Mataafa (Lahainaluna)

Boys 285 – Akoakoa Paleka Kennedy (Kamehameha -Hawaii) vs. Dhavin Spencer Basa (Moloklai)

2012 HHSAA State Championships: Girls Finals – Matside Videos

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2012 HHSAA Girls Wrestling Championship Matches

Girls 98 – Kaelynn Canyete (Kapolei) vs. Mikayla Pico (Molokai)

Girls 103 – Candice Segi (Aiea) vs. Angela Enos (Roosevelt)

Girls 108 – Quinn Nagatani (Mililani) vs. Shayna Marie Oliver (Farrington)

Girls 114 – Samantha Higa (Aiea) vs. Xandria Ford (Pearl City)

Girls 120 – Bree Rapoza (Kamehameha – Kapalama) vs. Lindsay Villarmia (Aiea)

Girls 125 – Shannon Paaina (Mid Pacific) vs. Keani Sebala (Campbell)

Girls 130 – Mindy Chow (Punahou) vs. Brianne Jhun (Moanalua)

Girls 140 – Morgan Yamaguchi (Mililani) vs. Zoe Hernandez (Punahou)

Girls 155 – Joslynn Kahala Minczer (Nanakuli) vs. Tiara Kaye (Punahou)

Girls 175 – Darcie Manning Obrien (Aiea) vs. Brianna Jeffries (Roosevelt)

Girls 220 – Sanoe Spencer (Pearl City) vs. Libby Petrie (Kahuku)

2012 State Tournament Analysis

March 5, 2012 by  
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This was posted in the forum yesterday by reader Bruddah B. Reposting here, as it’s a great analysis of the tournament. Mahalo, Bruddah B, for sharing your insights!

Last night there was some great matches and concluded another great season for Hawaii Wrestling. Lets start with venue, is there a better place for our state wrestling meet, I think not! Its a well deserved award for all the wrestlers who made it and their parents to watch wrestling with “back rest” are you kidding me, I could do it all day. The staff/security allows people to enjoy themselves and really “gets it” they understand it is an emotional roller coaster for everyone and understanding the cheering, standing, seat pounding, etc… They assure everyone’s safety and at most say you cant stand you must take a seat very politely mind you. Final Grade A+

The tournament itself was not handled the greatest however lots of attempts, weigh in seem to be move rather quickly although wrestlers complained they were cramped up in a room it started on time and as a spectator that is all I care about it. Yes, there was empty mats at times but it was nothing drastic just little flaws that I could easily live with. The award ceremony had some thought placed in it but did not care for the two award stands, the “real” one and the “children of a lesser god” red hair step child one. It really did nothing to speed it up and props for the athletes to decide that they all deserved to be on the same stand in addition it was great to see that they allowed it after stopping the first girl when she tried. I liked that they were all requested to be presentable on the award ceremony this year but did not like that they had to turn around. Its not that packed plenty room for on lookers to move to the front side. Keith Matsumoto calling people out on the microphone, did not care for that move but some people enjoying hearing themselves. Final Grade: C+

The officiating, No tournaments goes without its share of controversy and what better way to ignite the fuel than a official. I must say that we do have some really good ones who are clear in their communication with signals, audible, movement and calls. We also got a few old timers who have been around since the wheel who may not be as clear with their signals however call good matches. Than we got some that need to call it a career I thought one cost an athlete a state title, a stall call in the state finals in overtime for the win? One wrestlers never took a shot for nearly 5 minutes and just forced out, I agree that’s stalling however the call was made the other way. A beautiful double leg near the end of the match called illegal and coach ejected, was a terrible call. I’m wondering how much officials actually wrestled in college or even high school. The good ones need to get together with the not so good ones and discuss things prior to finals and allow the wrestlers to remain in the spotlight. Final Grade: C-

The wrestling, I’ll tell you this much we are coming of age! Wrestling is progressing at break neck speeds and we need to thank all the coaches, administrators, clubs, parents and the kids for continuing to support wrestling. The tournament was action packed with highly contested matches all over the place. I could barely sit still and was so excited to see all the wrestlers giving it everything they had. I saw some great technical wrestler’s applying proper pressure and executing moves at high levels. There was also ring awareness which was not as present in the last 30 years. We are not perfect but we are lot closer than we were 30 years ago. Final Grace: A+



AIEA, What more can way say those girls played their hearts out all year long and kicked and crawled their way to finish on the top. I give them credit for also providing an emotional lift for the Nanakuli wrestler to win her first state championship. Once the crowd figured out what was going on, everyone started cheering for Nanakuli sans the blue/gold section. Awesome


Bree Rapoza even with 1 state title, 2 national titles in her back pocket she never garners the respect or fear that comes along with it but she proved in dominating fashion why she is now a 2 time state and national champion.



Punahou… All the talk of they are showing chinks in the armor, they can be beat was laid to rest early in day 2. The fire and intensity they wrestle with is above and beyond any other team in the state. Stand by the team and listen to them talk or cheer on their team mates or even better a post match analysis to their team. All I will say about it is Perfection is demanded to be on this team, winning is not enough…no mistakes, no flaws, wrestle perfect and pin to win! I know it stems from the coaches but that team is a bunch of leaders who expect to pin their opponents every single time out! They are kings until they are dethroned and it does not look like anytime soon


Brian Peralta – Man handled everyone he came in contact with including a former state champion on his side of the bracket. He reminds me of an attack dog, its like taking him out of strait jacket, remove the muzzle and leash put him on the mat and he demolishes opponents. After the match he is very mild mannered and very unassuming.


The Moment-

Pearl City Coach Mike Lee taking a stand and by his action proving that “winning is not everything” in the 155lbs semis. What I am deeming as “The phantom injury” has been happening all year and it struck late in the match and overtime AGAIN! This time however he was no longer going to have it, making his athlete pick herself up from the ground and stand to battle was a defining moment of how much he cares for his wrestlers. In the short term it perhaps cost her that match but in the long run she will realize that in life there will be obstacles and we all will be knocked down however you need to pick yourself up and battle back. Mahalo Coach Lee, not an easy decision to make in the heat of battle but from my view it was the “right” one.


Honorable Mention-

Chayden “Bubba” Reyes- Executing a brilliant win in the finals match against a great competitor. Having a great game plan and strategy of a well seasoned wrestler and having the ability to execute it on the match was a thing of beauty. To see the elation of Coach Reyes and Bubba was also a brilliant way to cap his season.


Dane Pestano – Although he was predicted to walk through his weight class he met a game competitor from Lahaina. To allow his opponent to stand in under 30 seconds was throwing down the gauntlet and saying, “I am ready to let you up now so stand, I let you stand cause I will take you down” That is having balls the size of watermelons!


Team- Mililani

Say what you like about this team, this team came from no where to explode on the scene in this years state tournament. They wrestle with heart , they dont get injured and they win matches. We will see if they can keep it up however for this year they deserve credit for being amongst the best.


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200+ pt. Club – The Dynamic Duo Does it again! For the 5th consecutive year of their 6 year run, Head Coaches Matt Oney and Jimmy Takatsuka and the Punahou Buff’n Blue Wrestling team scores over 200 pts for the team title. This matches the total amount of teams that have won with 200+ pts. in the State’s 45 year history.

Wrestling at its STRONGEST- Everyone hears about how wrestling was stronger “back in the day”. Students that were so athletic that they could show up and just manhandle all their opponents. There were some that were men amongst boys. Practice or not, healthy diet or not, disciplined or not, they are still the legends of the sport in a few people’s mind.

In today’s day and age, you either need to beat a 10+ year wrestler or be a 10+ year wrestler. That is the truth. To me, that means preparation is everything, and if you are not eating, breathing, and living wrestling, it will be very hard to stand on top of the podium. Doesn’t that mean currently wrestling is at its STRONGEST? What is your opinion?

Grant Nakamura does it again- For the second straight year, Grant Nakamura brought over his top wrestler and battled all the way til the final seconds for the Victory. Both matches, Jonathan Pico over LJ Remilliard PUN in overtime 13-11 at 160 last year, and Austin Bloch over Tyson Kuahine KSK 6-4 have people still talking about the controversial calls that make this sport so exciting. No matter what your opinion is, in the end, King Kekaulike Na’ali’i has a HHSAA Champion for the 2nd consecutive year.

The crowd advantage – The Aiea girls and Head Coach Ason Abe have worked too hard to let their dreams slip away. Trailing by 1.5 pts going into the medal matches, Punahou was determined to 4-peat as Girls Team Champions. It came down to 2 matches. During the 155 lb. final top seeded Tiara Kaye PUN vs. Joslyn Kahala Minczer NAN played in the most exciting girls match of the night. The entire Aiea crowd seated right in front of the championship mat cheered their hardest pushing the Nanakuli wrestler to fight on. They screamed and fought, just as they did all tournament to get to their position, and Joslyn rode that wave to her first State Championship. This ended Punahou’s team points for the night.

Aiea had a chance. Returning state champion Darcie O’Brian needed to avenge her loss against Roosevelt’s Brianna Jeffries in the OIA final, just as earlier in the night when CJ Segi pinned Roosevelt’s Angela Enos for the 103 lb. crown to avenge her OIA Championship loss. Darcie pinned her opponent and pushed Aiea for their first ever Girls HHSAA Team Championship.

The final score tally was Aiea 121; Punahou 116.5. A win in the Championship final adds 4.5 points to the team score. A pin in the Championship final is worth 6 points. Can you see the many scenarios with these 2 matches? A win for Punahou and we have the first ever tie for the State Team Title; A loss by O’Brian and Punahou 4-peats; A win by Punahou and a win by Aiea and Punahou 4-peats. It came down to 2 matches, and Aiea is your HHSAA Girls Team Champions.