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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.

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February 27, 2010 by  
Filed under Wrestling, States 2010 Wrestling, High School

Tournament has been postponed until Sunday. Weigh-ins will be at 7:00am on Sunday, with a 4lb allowance. Wrestling will begin @ 8:30am.

Be safe, everyone.

Great Article to Read Before States

February 22, 2010 by  
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Every year at about this time, I re-read this article by Kalani Simpson. It does such a great job capturing the mood and energy of our state tournament.

Grapplers Put Everything on the Fine Line

2010 HHSAA State Tournament Brackets

February 21, 2010 by  
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Here are the brackets for this year’s State Tournament. Curious to hear everyone’s thoughts.

Boys Brackets
Girls Brackets

2010 League Championship Results

February 21, 2010 by  
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Here are the final results from the 2010 OIA, ILH, MIL and BIIF championship tournaments:

Boys Individual Results
Girls Individual Results

Boys Individual Results
Girls Individual Results

Boys Individual Results
Girls Individual Results

Boys Individual Results
Girls Individual Results

2010 BIIF Boys Final Results

February 19, 2010 by  
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2010 BIIF Boys’ Wrestling Championships Read more

2010 BIIF Girls Final Results

February 19, 2010 by  
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2010 BIIF Girls’ Wrestling Championships Read more

Help Us Cover the Championships!

February 19, 2010 by  
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To all the wrestling fans out there, we need your help. If you attend any of the league championships, send us your impressions of the matches or post directly to the forums. If you have pictures or video, we’ll post that, too.

OIA Championships Forum

ILH Championships Forum

MIL Championships Forum

Mahalo for helping keep everyone up to speed on what should be an exciting weekend of wrestling!

2010 OIA Tournament Brackets

February 19, 2010 by  
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Here are the tournament brackets for the OIA Championships. Tournament begins Friday (2/19) @ 2:00pm and resumes Saturday (2/20) at 11:00am at Leilehua.

Boys Varsity
Girls Varsity

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