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Punahou rebounds after injury to win fifth straight boys' title

By Paul Honda

LAST UPDATED: 7:27 a.m. HST, Feb 13, 2011

Photo gallery: 2011 HHSAA State Wrestling Championship

By Friday night, Punahou's boys wrestling team had a slight lead.

By the end of yesterday's semifinals, the boys were in typical championship form with a large margin. It was basically over before the finals began as Punahou's boys captured their fifth state championship in a row at Blaisdell Arena last night.

Punahou, coached by Matt Oney and Jimmy Takatsuka, accumulated 210 points to win the title handily. Kamehameha (172), Lahainaluna (137), Pearl City (125.5) and Campbell (84) rounded out the top five.

"I am so proud of the way the kids rallied," Oney said of the Buffanblu.

Their 215-pound league champion, Evan Johnson, suffered a season-ending ankle injury on Friday.

"The round after his injury, we were very flat, but they knew they had to step up for him and rally behind each other," Oney said.


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Top-seeded Todd Murakawa (132-pound weight class) was clutch for Punahou, winning his second state title.

Murakawa won 13-4 over unseeded Holden Takahashi of 'Iolani.

At 154, No. 1 seed Bryan Peralta held on for a 10-6 win over Farrington's Chaeden Grace-Reyes to give the Buffanblu another big scoring boost — 16 points for a first-place finish.

Zachary Hernandez put icing on the cake, pinning second-seeded James Heron of Lahainaluna in the first period of their 191-pound match.

Hernandez, who was second in the 154 class last season, grew 3 inches and gained 30 pounds — yesterday's weigh-in carried an extra 3-pound allowance. His father is Kapolei football coach Darren Hernandez.

Murakawa, Peralta and Hernandez are underclassmen.

The list of three-time state champions grew after Shayden Terukina of Kamehameha pinned unseeded Brett Will of Punahou in the 137-pound final.

His teammate, Jacob Luning-Hoshino, took his third state crown with a 10-0 victory over No. 2 Sean Hew-Len of Castle in the 142 final.

The upsets included No. 2 Chanse Uyeda, of Lahainaluna, surprising 'Iolani's Ian Akamine in the 147 final, denying Akamine a third title.

At 162, Second-seeded Jonathan Pico of King Kekaulike outlasted Punahou's top-seeded Laurent Remillard, the top seed, 13-11 in overtime.

In what may have been the most anticipated match of the night, No. 2 Raynald Cooper III defeated No. 1 Patrick Sheehan of Punahou in the 173 final.

Sheehan was the returning state champ, while Cooper had won two titles, including last year's crown at 162.

In four career matches against Sheehan, a rival from their childhood days, the two split evenly.



1. Punahou 210
2. Kamehameha 172
3. Lahainaluna 137
4. Pearl City 125.5
5. Campbell 84
6. Iolani 80
7. Kamehameha-Hawaii 60
8. Mid-Pacific 45
9. Kaiser 45
t10. Kahuku 44; t10. King Kekaulike 44;
12. Radford 39; 13. Farrington 34; 14. Waiakea 30; 15. Kapolei 29.5; t16. Damien 28; t16. Kaimuki 28; 18. Saint Louis 27.5; t19. Castle 27; t19. Maryknoll 27; t21. Hilo 26; t21. Maui 26; 23. Aiea 23.5; 24. Molokai 23; 25. Moanalua 22; 26. Keaau 21; 27. Waianae 20; 28. Kalaheo 19; 29. Konawaena 17.5; t30. Badlwin 16; t30. McKinley 16; 32. Mililani 15.5; 33. Kamehameha-Maui 15; 34. Waialua 14; 35. Kealakehe 10; 36. Honokaa 7; 37. University 5; 38. Hawaii Prep 4; 39. Assets 3.5; 40. Kalani 3; 41. Roosevelt 2.5; 42. Hawaii Baptist 2; t43. Lanai 1; t43. Leilehua 1; t43. Pahoa 1; t43. Waipahu 1.

110 pounds
No. 1 seed defeated No. 2 Cristian Carbajal of Lahainaluna 13-6 in the championship; beat Eleomar Cabbat of Baldwin 6-0 in the semifinal.
Third Place
Tristan Kamaka, Pearl City def. Eleomar Cabbat, Baldwin 9-6
Fifth Place
Treylan Kobayashi, Waialua def. Skye Yonamine, Kamehameha 2-1


116 pounds
No. 1 seed defeated No. 2 Jonathan Kamaka III of Pearl City 8-4 in the championship; beat Dennis Taira of Kaimuki 7-3 in the semifinal.
Third Place
Dennis Taira, Kaimuki def. Bradley Suda, McKinley 3-2
Fifth Place
Logan Yamamoto, 'Iolani def. Donavan Nakama, Kapolei 4-3


122 pounds
No. 1 seed defeated No. 2 Nalu Souza of Kamehameha-Hawaii 5-3 in the championship; beat Sage Aoki of Konawaena 12-7 in the semifinal.
Third Place
Evan Yamamoto, Punahou def. Sage Aoki, Konawaena 9-4
Fifth Place
Gabriel Iereneo-Baring, Pearl City def. Marc Fargaragan, 'Iolani 3-1


127 pounds
No. 1 seed defeated unseeded Bryant Fukushima of Punahou 15-4 in the championship; beat No. 4 Stefan Fujimoto of Kaiser 16-6 in the semifinal.
Third Place
Stefan Fujimoto, Kaiser def. Kelvin Cruz, Lahainaluna 6-5
Fifth Place
Justin Hirae, Kamehameha-Hawaii def. Brandon Lum, 'Iolani 3-1


132 pounds
No. 1 seed defeated unseeded Holden Takahashi of 'Iolani 13-4 in the championship; beat Derek Lee Loy of Moanalua 5-0 in the semifinal.
Third Place
Tyson Kuahine, Kamehameha def. Derek Lee Loy, Moanalua 9-5
Fifth Place
Jordan Enos, Hilo def. Bryson Pantastico-Banaay, Campbell 6-3


137 pounds
No. 1 seed defeated unseeded Brett Will of Punahou by fall at 1:59 of the championship; beat No. 4 seed Cheyden Quiocho of Keaau by fall in the semifinal.
Third Place
Austin Bloch, King Kekaulike def. Cheyden Quiocho, Keaau 5-4
Fifth Place
Puali Solomon-Camanse, Lahainaluna def. Max Oishi, Hilo by pin


142 pounds
No. 1 seed beat No. 2 seed Sean Hew-Len of Castle 10-0 in the championship; beat No. 2 Tyler Yonemori of Waiakea 5-1 in the semifinal.
Third Place
Tyler Yonemori, Waiakea def. Kevin Dudoit, Molokai 7-4
Fifth Place
Shayvis Wilson, Damien def. Blake Cooper, Pearl City 6-0


147 pounds
No. 2 seed beat No. 1 Ian Akamine of 'Iolani 9-4 in the championship; beat Landon Oka of Damien 19-11 in the semifinal.
Third Place
Andrew Kahalewai, Kamehameha-Maui def. Pat Enos, Waiakea 4-3
Fifth Place
Joshue Rivera, Farrington def. Landon Oka, Damien 11-9


154 pounds
No. 1 seed defeated No. 2 Chaeden Grace-Reyes of Farrington 10-6 in the championship; beat Stalin Myers of Aiea 6-3 in the semifinal.
Third Place
Stalin Myers, Aiea def. Nalu Scott, Lahainaluna 3-2
Fifth Place
Kalei Kinimaka, Kapolei def. Brandon Saiki, Saint Louis 7-5


162 pounds
King Kekaulike
No. 2 seed defeated No. 1 Laurent Remillard of Punahou 13-11 in overtime in the championship; beat Ikea Ikehara of Kamehameha 16-7 in the semifinal.
Third Place
Michael Lankford, Campbell def. Ikea Ikehara, Kamehameha 3-0
Fifth Place
Elliott Kamaka, Waianae def. Norman Keliiwaiwaiole III, Aiea 7-2


173 pounds
Pearl City
No. 2 seed defeated No. 1 Patrick Sheehan of Punahou 3-1 in the championship; beat Kahikina Burgess of Kamehameha 13-0 in the semifinal.
Third Place
Kevin Corbett, Radford def. Jesse Carney, Kalaheo 7-5
Fifth Place
Kahikina Burgess, Kamehameha def. Sean Chang, Saint Louis by pin


191 pounds
Top seed beat No. 2 James Heron of Lahainaluna by fall at 1:52 in the championship; beat Totahue Lotulelei of Maui by fall at 1:17 in the semifinal.
Third Place
Kahu Sebala, Campbell def. Dominic Munoz, Radford 13-6
Fifth Place
Totauhe Lotulelei, Maui def. Chritopher-Mas Kuaiwa, Kamehameha 7-2


217 pounds
No. 1 seed defeated No. 2 Dane Pestano of Kamehameha 7-3 in the championship; beat James Lloyd III of Kaimuki by fall at 1:03 of the semifinal.
Third Place
Teanu Rickard, Lahainaluna def. Evan Greenleaf, Pearl City 6-2
Fifth Place
Ryo Chow, 'Iolani def. James Lloyd III, Kaimuki 2-1


287 pounds
No. 4 seed defeated No. 3 Devin Ching of Pearl City by pin in the championship; beat No. 1 Hayden Wills of Kamehameha 5-4 in the semifinal.
Third Place
Hayden Wills, Kamehameha def. Nathan Ortiz, Waipahu 4-2
Fifth Place
Bodean Bates, Lahainaluna def. Isiah Thompson, Campbell 8-5



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