Posted: February 26, 2012 - 7:59am
Mililani boys, Pearl City girls win OIA wrestling titles
Mililani captured its first boys title ever, rallying past Campbell, 192 points to 189 1/2. Josh Lopez | Mililani HS
Moanalua was third with 170 points, Pearl City fourth with 142 1/2 and Leilehua fifth with 115 1/2.
Braydon Akeo won at 110 pounds, Isaac Diamond at 116, Chase Tantog at 137 and Robert Kim at 142 for the Trojans, who also won the OIA Team Duel Meet Championship two weeks ago.
"The kids worked hard, the coaches worked hard and they pulled it off," Mililani coach John Robinson said. "I told them that it would come down to the OIA and state tournaments and they've picked it up."
The Trojans also got runner-up finishes from Alec Ikei (127 pounds), Jeffrey Sanchez (173) and Dayton Furuta (191), in addition to third-place finishes by Landon Nagatori (122) and Cody Uyejo (132).
"We really wanted to win the team title and we knew that we would need every point that we could get," said Akeo, a sophomore who has won gone undefeated this season. "Everyone knew the situation going into finals, so we were all focused on that."
Mililani trailed Campbell by 1/2 point going into the finals round, but the Sabers were penalized with one-point deductions for three unsportsmanlike conduct violations within the final matches of the day.
"Campbell has some really good kids, some strong wrestlers and we've been battling them in duels, we've been battling them in the West and we finally got over the top here at OIAs," Robinson said.
Pearl City came out on top of the girls' competition, tallying a total of 174 1/2 points. Second-place 'Aiea totaled 124 points, Campbell was third with 103, Mililani fourth with 97 1/2 and Kahuku fifth with 84.
"I'm very happy for these girls, they've worked hard all season and they deserve it," said Chargers' coach Mike Lee. "For us to beat a team like 'Aiea by fifty points, says something, because they are a very good team."
Pearl City had just one individual titlist (Sanoe Spencer at 222 pounds), but also saw Rachel Tolentino (108), Sherese Ader (122), Mylinda Jefferson (142) and Janelle Fuamatu (157) take second in their respective weight classes. The Chargers also got third-place finishes by Breanne Takaesu (110), Xandria Ford (116), a fourth-place finish by Kaimiloa Evans (127) and a sixth-place finish by Matauaina Toomalatai (177).
"Sanoe is a senior and she's their leader," Lee said. "She did her job, as she has been all season, and everyone else is starting to follow suit, so hopefully we can make a push next week at states."
One of the day's most tightly-contested matches came in the boys' 132-pound final between Pearl City's Gabriel Iereneo-Baring and Moanalua's Jacob Palimo'o.
Palimo'o took down Iereneo-Baring in the closing seconds of an otherwise scoreless first period, but the referee determined that it was after the buzzer went off and did not give Palimo'o any points.
"That woke me up real fast - I realized that I was in the finals match of OIA's," said Iereneo-Baring, who avenged a preseason loss to Palimo'o from earlier this season. "I was kind of jittery, he beat me before, so I was kind of scared."
Iereneo-Baring began the second period from the bottom position and managed an early escape to open the scoring. He led, 1-0, after the period, but Palimo'o tied it up on an escape in the final seconds of the third period.
The bout was a contrast in styles: Palimo'o plays at a low level and often has one of both hands on the mat, while Iereneo-Baring, who is several inches taller, stands more upright than most of his opponents.
"I just had to adjust to what he was doing and make better shots on my side," Iereneo-Baring said.
In a sudden-death, one-minute fourth period, Palimo'o appeared to have the match won after he got in on a low left single shot. He got behind Iereneo-Baring, but could not take him to the mat and Iereneo-Baring was able to escape his grasp and sent it into another overtime period.
"I was fighting for my life," Iereneo-Baring said. "We were both really sweaty, so that made things a lot harder."
Palimo'o started in the bottom position to start the 30-second fifth period, but could not escape. The wrestlers switched starting positions in the sixth period, but Baring got loose with five seconds remaining and held on for the 2-1 win.
Iereneo-Baring, who was fifth at 120 pounds as a junior, said he began wrestling at age eight.
"I kept telling myself, 'I've got to get it,'" he said. "I've been waiting nine years for this."
Meanwhile, the girls 105-pound final between Angela Enos, of Roosevelt, and 'Aiea's Candice Segi was a close battle.
Enos was aggressive from the starting whistle, which may have led to her falling behind early on. The Roosevelt sophomore shot in on a double leg attack, but put herself in a bad spot and Segi was able to get around her with just three seconds left and Segi held a 2-0 lead after the first period.
"I wasn't as aggressive as I should have been, because I'm healing from some injuries, but it's just going to be something that I have to deal with," said Enos, who placed third in the state at 98 pounds as a freshman. "Usually, I don't feel anything anyway until after the match, until then, it's just adrenaline that's carrying me."
Enos began the second period from the bottom position and appeared to score a reversal on Segi, but the action was stopped by the referee due to an apparent elbow injury for Segi.
"We were heading toward out-of-bounds and I had my bar and when I tried to pull my arm out, I just heard her say 'Ow, Ow!,' so I backed off," Enos said.
Instead of the two-point reversal, Enos was awarded one point for an escape and the action was restarted from the neutral position. Enos scored a takedown with about 30 seconds left in the period and took her first lead at 3-2.
"I still tried to keep the pressure on her after I went up," Enos said.
Enos again started from the bottom to start period three and quickly extended her lead to 5-2 with a reversal, before Segi closed out the scoring at 5-3 with a late escape.
The top six boys' place-finishers and top seven girls from the OIA qualified for the Chevron/Hawaii High School Athletic Association Wrestling State Championships next week. The 16-person brackets are expected to be released late Sunday or early Monday. The two-day tournament will be held Friday and Saturday at Neal S. Blaisdell Arena.
OIA INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
At Leilehua's Paul T. Kobayashi Gymnasium
1, Pearl City 174.5. 2, 'Aiea 124. 3, Campbell 103. 4, Mililani 97.5. 5, Kahuku 84. 6, Farrington 79. 7, Kapolei 77. 8, Leilehua 72. 9, Roosevelt 69.5. 10, Castle 56. 11, Nanakuli 52. 12, Radford 39. 13, Moanalua 38. 14, Waialua 36. 15, McKinley 34. 16, Kalaheo 20. 17, Waianae 14. 18, Kailua 12. 19, Waipahu 6. 20, Kalani 5.
1, Kaelynn Canyete (Kapolei). 2, Rachel Tolentino (Pearl City). 3, Jahya Costa (Kahuku). 4, Maia Phanthadara (Roos). 5, Maile Gonsalves (Waianae). 6, Likolehua Manuel (Kalaheo).
1, Angela Enos (Roosevelt). 2, Candice Segi ('Aiea). 3, Samantha Shipley (Kahuku). 4, Alanda Nguyen (Farrington). 5, Sarah Grace Alagria (Pearl City). 6, Ashley Lawhn (Kalani).
1, Quinn Nagatani (Mililani). 2, Shayna Marie Oliver (Farrington). 3, Breanne Takaesu (Pearl City). 4, Charee Wong (Waialua). 5, Aarica Barcina (Kahuku). 6, Kiyana Tells (Camp).
1, Samantha Higa ('Aiea). 2, Janae Lynn Oliver (Farrington). 3, Xandria Ford (Pearl City). 4, Rebekah Johnson (Castle). 5, Tara Marysa Hirata (Mililani). 6, Anela Timbresa Richardson (Campbell).
1, Lindsay Villarmia ('Aiea). 2, Sherese Ader (Pearl City). 3, Alyssa Greenleaf (Kalaheo). 4, Lauren Dias (Mililani). 5, Keila Davids (Campbell). 6, Myisha Davis (Kapolei).
1, Keani Sebala (Campbell). 2, Amber Hakkei Nagaoka (Castle). 3, Elizabeth Chong ('Aiea). 4, Kaimiloa Evans (Pearl City). 5, Keira Baker (Moanalua). 6, Jasmine Bobadilla (Farrington).
1, Brianne Jhun (Moanalua). 2, Daphne Cobbs (Radford). 3, Suszett Emwalu (Leilehua). 4, Phairin Hicks (Mililani). 5, Khrysten Gameng (Campbell). 6, Cheynell Kawaihae (Kailua).
1, Morgan Yamaguchi (Mililani). 2, Mylinda Jefferson (Pearl City). 3, Uilani Freitas (Leilehua). 4, Jessi Arnold (Kapolei). 5, Kristine Haga (Campbell). 6, Abigail Rodriguez (McKinley).
1, Joslynn Kahala Minczer (Nanakuli). 2, Janelle Fuamatu (Pearl City). 3, Kuuleilani Lankford (Campbell). 4, Jocelyn Tabion (Kapolei). 5, Dioan Cantiller (Farrington). 6, Nia Avelua (Kahuku).
1, Brianna Jeffries (Roosevelt). 2, Darcie Manning O'Brien ('Aiea). 3, Ryann Murakami Samala (Waialua). 4, Jaclyn Agbayanr Kupa (Leilehua). 5, Reydell Ewaliko Kauhane (Nanakuli). 6, Matautaina Toomalatai (Pearl City).
1, Sanoe Spencer (Pearl City). 2, Libby Petrie (Kahuku). 3, Kaydie Lynn Tehotu (McKinley). 4, Heather Thomas (Nanakuli). 5, Drea Lynn Colobong (Farrington). 6, Naomi Oshiro ('Aiea).
1, Mililani 192 points. 2, Campbell 189.5. 3, Moanalua 170. 4, Pearl City 142.5. 5, Leilehua 115.5. 6, Kapolei 110. 7, Farrington 88. 8, Castle 81.5. 9, Kahuku 59. 10, Waianae 53. 11, Radford 51.5. 12, McKinley 50. 13, Kaimuki 47. 14, Waialua 46. 15, Kaiser 35. 16, Kailua 30. 17, Roosevelt 24.5. 18, 'Aiea 24. 19, Waipahu 23. 20, Kalaheo 22.5. 21, Nanakuli 13. 22, Kalani 4.
1, Braydon Akeo (Mililani). 2, Treylan Kobayashi (Waialua). 3, Brandon Perez (Campbell). 4, Isaac Chincio (Leilehua). 5, Travis Ito (Kaimuki). 6, Vance Alconcel (McKinley).
1, Isaac Diamond (Mililani). 2, Cole Chandler (Kaiser). 3, Jared Oshima (Campbell). 4, Dylan Uno (Kaimuki). 5, Henry Hong (McKinley). 6, Anthony Clemente (Pearl City).
1, Chauncey Kano (Kapolei). 2, Reinton Kawamae (Roosevelt). 3, Landon Nagatori (Mililani). 4, Swayne Lunasco (Castle). 5, Matthew Sunajo (Campbell). 6, Keanu Rosales (Farrington).
1, Zachary Kido (Campbell). 2, Alec Ikei (Mililani). 3, Randy Ridela (Waipahu). 4, James Hashimoto (Farrington). 5, Zorich Palimoo (Moanalua). 6, Dustin Lee (Kapolei).
1, Gabriel Iereneo-Baring (Pearl City). 2, Jacob Palimoo (Moanalua). 3, Cody Uyejo (Mililani). 4, Canaan Kawaiahae Rabaino (Kailua). 5, Branden Gallagher (Radford). 6, Josh Gima ('Aiea).
1, Chase Tantog (Mililani). 2, Jacob Solomon (Kalaheo). 3, Tristin Kamaka (Pearl City). 4, Nakoa Chun (Moanalua). 5, Noah Dilliner (Kailua). 6, Jayden Cenal (Radford).
1, Robert Kim (Mililani). 2, Keanu Richardson (Campbell). 3, Nollan Olvera (Moanalua). 4, Timothy Riviera (Pearl City). 5, Ikaika Mercado (Leilehua). 6, John Enos (Waianae).
1, Blake Cooper (Pearl City). 2, Derek Lee Loy (Moanalua). 3, Cory Okuda ('Aiea). 4, Brandon Pitts (Waianae). 5, Christopher Jackson (Radford). 6, Kainoa Marumoto (Kapolei).
1, Joshue Rivera (Farrington). 2, Isaac Johnson (Castle). 3, Justin Fujiwara (Moanalua). 4, Jonathan Watkins (Leilehua). 5, Jackson Hollingworth (McKinley). 6, Shane Davis (Radford).
1, Rodney Williams (Castle). 2, Nathaniel Penlver (Campbell). 3, Dillon Takeshita (Moanalua). 4, Daylen Kalulu Sugai (Kahuku). 5, Justin Bumanglag (Kapolei). 6, Maui Lii Lee (Pearl City).
1, Chaeden Grace Reyes (Farrington). 2, Jeffrey Sanchez (Mililani). 3, Zion Barcina (Kahuku). 4, Shannon Ayson (Moanalua). 5, Troy Williams (Castle). 6, Kennedy Siaosi (Waialua).
1, Matthew Lee (Moanalua). 2, Dayton Furuta (Mililani). 3, Santonny Johns (Leilehua). 4, Moses Wiseman (Kapolei). 5, Paul Joe (Pearl City). 6, Shamrock Gohier (Kahuku).
1, Zach Mason (Waianae). 2, Kahu Sebala (Campbell). 3, Benjamin Bourque (Pearl City). 4, Simeon Vierra (Kahuku). 5, Nelson Rodrigues (Nanakuli). 6, Dylan Tabigne (Leilehua).
1, Jaryn Villegas (Leilehua). 2, Isaiah Thompson (Campbell). 3, Jordan Fuamatu (Pearl City). 4, Kapone Carter (Kapolei). 5, Desmond Leao (Radford). 6, Michael Gideon Tom (McKinley).