Lunas lead boys, girls standings
Lahainaluna High School was leading the boys and girls team standings after Friday’s competition in the Chevron State Wrestling Championships at Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu.
The Lunas had 12 wrestlers – six boys and six girls – advance to today’s semifinal round.
The Lahainaluna boys had 81 points, 17 better than second-place Kamehameha Kapalama, which had four semifinalists. Pearl City was third with 63 1/2 points, and had six semifinalists.
In the girls standings, Lahainaluna had 82 points, and Kamehameha Kapalama was second with 77. The Warriors had six semifinalists as well. Campbell (67) was third, and had five wrestlers still in championship contention.
The Lunas’ boys semifinalists were Zach Wigzell (113 pounds), Christian Balagso (120), Jansen Panlasigui Domingo (126), Wyatt Chism (138), Bubba Jaramillo (145) and Connor Mowat (285). Four other Lahainaluna wrestlers were still in the consolation brackets.
“When we start winning, at the lower weights, the team is like, ‘Let’s press forward.’ They get going, they get pumped up,” Wigzell said. “It’s definitely a role we have, I feel.”
The girls semifinalists from Lahainaluna were Iverly Navarro (97), Anika Pascual (105), Brenna Dudoit Vasquez (135), Carly Jaramillo (140), Karina Arroyo-Haro (155) and Lalelei Mataafa (220). Four of their teammates were still in the consolation brackets.
Panlasigui Domingo pinned Kapolei’s Jamin Lopez in 20 seconds in the opening round, then earned a 9-7 win in overtime against ASSETS’ Ian Murakami.
“I kind of had to turn it up there in overtime,” said Panlasigui Domingo, who will face top-seeded Alex Ursura of Pearl City with a spot in the championship match at stake.
“I like being unseeded,” Panlasigui Domingo said. “It’s like me being the underdog.”
Balagso and Chism both won each of their matches by pin on Friday, and Bubba Jaramillo, the state champion at 140 last year, recorded a pin and technical fall.
Mataafa, the reigning 220 champion, needed just 33 seconds to win her two matches by fall – including a seven-second pin of Hawaii Prep’s Kayla Johnson in the first round. Carly Jaramillo, who won at 135 in 2013, also had two pins on Friday, as did Dudoit Vasquez.
“It’s really important because we need these points,” Dudoit Vasquez said.
Arroyo-Haro beat Kamehameha Kapalama’s Callon Medeiros 5-4 in the quarterfinal round.
“I was nervous, but I knew I just wasn’t going to lose that match,” Arroyo-Haro said.
Molokai was seventh in the girls team standings with 45 points. The Farmers’ Karley Kaulili (105), Esther Torres-Umi (121) and Rizpah Torres-Umi (125) reached the semifinals. Also still in title contention were Baldwin’s Shayna Boteilho (130) and Tristen Borden (220), and Maui High’s Chelsey Chaves (97).
Baldwin was 11th in the boys competition with 34 points, and had three semifinalists – Thomas Stevenson (138), Keian Inouye (145) and Troy Waki (160).