LAHAINA - After watching five teammates lose finals, Chanse Uyeda and Justin Sadang had seen enough.
Uyeda, the defending state champion at 145 pounds, moved up two weight classes and won the 160 final and Sadang, a B wrestler, followed in the next match with a title at 171 in front of about 800 fans Saturday night in the Lahaina Civic Center at the 44th annual Maui Invitational Tournament.
They were two of Lahainaluna High School's three boys champions - Bodean Bates capped the night with a pin in the heavyweight final - and their efforts led the Lunas to their third straight MIT team crown.
Justin Sadang of Lahainaluna High School beats Iolani’s Spencer Kiehm 10-4 in the 171-pound final of the Maui Invitational Tournament on Saturday at Lahaina Civic Center.
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Tau Lotulelei of Maui High throws Mililani’s Jeff Sanchez during the 189-pound final Saturday. Sanchez won 7-6.
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"I think it was big," Uyeda said of capturing the first individual crown for his team. "I think the team could have done a lot better, should have been in more condition. We just didn't have it at the time."
With eight finalists, the Lunas rolled to the boys team title with 237 points, nearly double that of second-place Mililani (119.5). Punahou won the girls title with 115 points, 25 more than Lahainaluna.
Uyeda beat teammate Giovanni Perez 12-5 in his final and said he had fun watching Sadang, his school's B wrestler behind teammate Justin Taylor, who finished in fifth place.
MAUI INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT
At Lahaina Civic Center
Team-Lahainaluna 237, Mililani 119.5, Maui High 110, Pac-Five 99, Iolani 84.5, King Kekaulike 78.5, Waianae 55, Konawaena 49, Baldwin 47, Nanakuli 40, Molokai 30.5, Damien 26.5, Lanai 26, Kamehameha Maui 18.
108-1. Braydon Akeo, Mililani; 2. Jordan Ng, Iolani; 3. Gary Long, Lahainaluna; 4. Josten Saribay, King Kekaulike; 5. Christian Balagso, Lahainaluna; 6. Slayden Lloyd, Baldwin.
114-1. Isaac Diamond, Mililani; 2. Kahi Tihada, Lahainaluna; 3. Justin Raymond, Konawaena; 4. Gerald Dionio, Maui High; 5. Jansen Panlasigui-Domingo, Lahainaluna; 6. Brendell Manuel, Lahainaluna.
120-1. Cassidy Oshiro, Pac-Five; 2. Christian Carbajal, Lahainaluna; 3. Warren Benavista, Konawaena; 4. Nainoa Steward, Lahainaluna; 5. Cal Fujii, Pac-Five.
125-1. Joshua Terao, Pac-Five; 2. Sage Aoki, Konawaena; 3. B.J. Pagdilao-Bala, Lahainaluna; 4. Mark Alamon, Lahainaluna; 5. Landon Nagatori, Mililani; 6. Ryson Nagatori, Waianae.
130-1. Thomas Tawata, Pac-Five; 2. Jarrin Cabo, Maui High; 3. Rick Viveiros, Pac-Five; 4. Cody Uyeso, Mililani; 5. Curtis Palmeira, King Kekaulike; 6. Robert Campos, Lahainaluna.
135-1. Holden Takahashi, Iolani; 2. Ferdinand Magbual, Lahainaluna; 3. Lorenzo Angel, King Kekaulike; 4. Taz Del Rosario, Lanai; 5. Leroy Santos, Baldwin; Brenner Duarozan, Lahainaluna.
140-1. Chase Tantog, Mililani; 2. Nathan Inovejas, Lahainaluna; 3. Bubba Jaramillo, Lahainaluna; 4. Kailen Inouye, Molokai; 5. Noah Caparida, Molokai; 6. Garren Ah Wah, Maui High.
145-1. Austin Bloch, King Kekaulike; 2. Robert Kim, Mililani; 3. Thomas Rosen St. John, Lahainaluna; 4. Salvador Gayoma, Maui High; 5. Dan Dan Bolante, Lahainaluna; 6. Ethan Cohen, Pac-Five.
152-1. Sean Chan, Iolani; 2. Nick Velasquez-Stewart, Lahainaluna; 3. Brandon Pitts, Waianae; 4. Keegan Gregg, King Kekaulike; 5. Isaiah Ilae, Nanakuli; 6. Ricky Tanno, Baldwin.
160-1. Chanse Uyeda, Lahainaluna; 2. Giovanni Perez, Lahainaluna; 3. Andrew Kahalewai, Kamehameha Maui; 4. Cameron Pettaway, Nanakuli; 5. Reilly Pasion, Lahainaluna; 6. Blayd Calaro, Baldwin.
171-1. Justin Sadang, Lahainaluna; 2. Spencer Kiehm, Iolani; 3. Shauden Pedro, Molokai; 4. Kalililauakekoa Ranis, Baldwin; 5. Justin Taylor, Lahainaluna; 6. Kevin Thorman, Maui High.
189-1. Jeff Sanchez, Mililani; 2. Tau Lotulelei, Maui High; 3. Josh Coston, Lahainaluna; 4. Rex Hazuka, King Kekaulike; 5. Connor Mowat, Lahainaluna; 6. Tyler Timko, Lahainaluna.
215-1. Danny Weld Ebank, Baldwin; 2. Joshua Torrecer, Maui High; 3. Hercules Mataafa, Lahainaluna; 4. Nelson Rodrigues, Nanakuli; 5. Paul Takafuji, Baldwin; 6. Wayne Albin, Lahainaluna.
285-1. Bodean Bates, Lahainaluna; 2. Zachariah Mason, Waianae; 3. Jacob Lewis, Damien; 4. Tyman Lewis, Pac-Five; 5. Ethan Dayton, Damien; 6. Pita Tuliau, Baldwin.
Team-Punahou 115, Lahainaluna 90, Baldwin 64, Mililani 53.5, Molokai 40, Pac-Five 37, Hana 31, Kamehameha Maui 28, Maui 26, Waianae 22, Lanai 21, Nanakuli 20, King Kekaulike 12.
98-1.Thai Ha Sloan, Punahou; 2. Kim Mesick, Punahou; 3. Malie Gonsalves, Waianae; 4. Malia Refamonte, Lahainaluna.
103-1. Mikayla Pico, Molokai; 2. Tiandra Negrillo, Molokai; 3. Jenna Rose Mauliola, King Kekaulike; 4. Kiana Solorio, Kamehameha Maui.
108-1. Holly Ann Kogachi, Punahou; 2. Ann-Marie Andres, Maui High; 3. Michaela Kubo, Punahou; 4. Anaiah Luani, Baldwin.
114-1. Quinn Nagatani, Mililani; 2. Chloe Nagasawa, Pac-Five; 3. Nicole Taniguchi, Punahou; 4. Mahea Kaaihue-Falahee, Lahainaluna.
120-1. Kiana Yamat, Lahainaluna; 2. Lauren Dias, Mililani; 3. Jessie Gandauli, Pac-Five; 4. Hiilani Caspino-Nakoa, Waianae.
125-1. Precious Jaramillo, Lahainaluna; 2. Fallyn Young, Baldwin; 3. Kori Lynn Kunioka, Punahou; 4. Tiara Gay, Pac-Five.
130-1. Mindy Chow, Punahou; 2. Jina Miyamoto, Lahainaluna; 3. Rizpah Torres-Umi, Molokai; 4. Kiana Martin, Hana.
140-1. Zoe Hernandez, Punahou; 2. Morgan Yamaguchi, Mililani; 3. Carly Jaramillo, Lahainaluna; 4. Charisse Manley, Molokai.
155-1. Joslyn Kahala-Minczer, Nanakuli; 2. Sheylin Patao, Kamehameha Maui; 3. Tekau Taaumu, Lahainaluna; 4. Katya Katano, Punahou.
175-1. Tiara Kaye, Punahou; 2. Hailey Namauu, Baldwin; 3. Courtney Taua, Baldwin; 4. Megan Amby, Lanai.
220-1. Makamae Smith, Hana; 2. Sydney Ibarra, Baldwin.
"That was awesome, I don't think (Sadang) has made it to the finals before, so that was good for him, nice to see him win," Uyeda said.
Sadang, a senior who has limited time on the varsity mats, had a wide smile on his face following his 10-4 championship win over Iolani's Spencer Kiehm, who beat Taylor in the semifinals. Sadang watched Uyeda's match and said it got him ready.
"I train with him, like, every day, so I wanted to see him win," Sadang said.
Watching the first five Lunas take the mats in the finals was a different story for Sadang.
"That made me really scared because a bunch of my teammates went down and, I don't know, I really didn't want to go down with them," Sadang said. "This was the first tournament (of the season), so it was pretty important to me."
Three matches later, the Lunas capped their night when Bates pinned Zachariah Mason of Waianae in 3 minutes, 17 seconds.
The other Maui Interscholastic League boys winners were Austin Bloch of King Kekaulike (145) and Danny Weld Ebank of Baldwin (215).
Bates said he was inspired by Uyeda and Sadang.
"I was watching them and that fired me up, especially my coaches and my parents," Bates said. "They really told me to kick it in gear and bring one home for Lahaina."
All three champions said the Lunas' eyes are now squarely on next weekend's Hawaii Wrestling Officials Tournament on Oahu where all of the contenders in the state will be in attendance. The MIT drew just 15 schools, and Bates had just two matches during the two-day tournament.
"The Officials is a really, really big tournament for us," he said. "That's where all the big-time state guys go, so it will be there where we see what we got for this season and see what we have to work on."
Conrad Bolor, the Lunas' co-head coach, said that Bates put an exclamation point on the night for the Lunas, the six-time defending MIL champions and third-place finishers at state last season.
"Bo finished it very strong for us," Bolor said. "Next week will gauge where everybody stands."
In girls action, the Lunas got crowns from Kiana Yamat at 120 and Precious Jaramillo at 125. Punahou showed up unexpectedly and walked away with the team title after winning five of the 11 weight classes.
The Buffanblu are the three-time defending state girls champions, while Lahainaluna grabbed the runner-up trophy last year when all seven of its wrestlers placed. Four of those placers were seniors.
"Having Punahou here really helps us," Bolor said. "Especially Precious and Jina (Miya-moto, the 130 runner-up)."
Jaramillo was an All-American at two national junior tournaments over the summer, the first Luna wrestler ever to garner that status. She pinned her two opponents here in a total of 2:09.
The All-America status - she was fifth in both the Asics Junior and Cadet national tournaments - "means a lot to me, it means a lot," Jaramillo said.
Now, improving on her fifth-place finish at state last year is on her mind. Catching Punahou will be nearly impossible, but repeating as runner-up would be a major step for the Luna girls.
"We need to take what we learned here into the rest of the season," Jaramillo said.
Molokai's Mikayla Pico won at 103 and Hana's Makamae Smith won the 220 title.
Official Duane Cabingas, a 1984 Lahainaluna graduate, traveled from his home in Las Vegas and refereed in the MIT for the first time. He is a longtime referee in Nevada.
"When I was with Lahainaluna there were only three big schools and two small schools (in the MIL)," Cabingas said. "To come back and get invited to officiate the MIT, to see all these schools and programs rising up, they are just doing a very, very good job on Maui and around the islands. It is really an honor to be here."
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