Lunas sweep MIL wrestling team titles
PUKALANI — It was the match of the night that put a no-doubt-about-it stamp on Lahainaluna High School’s team title in the girls ranks at the Maui Interscholastic League wrestling championships on Saturday at Kaulaheanuiokamoku Gym.
In the 155-pound title bout, Lunas junior Fayannie Rosario trailed by a point before her two-point takedown of Baldwin’s Kaceylee Pua with 20 seconds left in the match added up to a 6-5 win.
“I got a takedown, I had to go.” Rosario said after wrapping up her third MIL title. “Oh yeah, for sure, it feels really good. I just had to push and listening to everybody push me, telling me I got this, that’s all I had in mind.
“I was just looking at the time and I was, like, ‘I gotta go, I gotta go.’ No way I could let my team down. We were doing so good so far, there was no way I was going to let them down.”
It was part of the Lunas’ 185-point outburst on the way to a 57-point margin over second-place Baldwin, which came into the title meet with just eight wrestlers available. Lahainaluna won their first girls team title since 2017.
The Lunas boys won for the 14th time in 15 years, but it was not easy — Lahainaluna edged the Bears 190-180. Lahainaluna went into the finals sessions with an 18-point lead, but the Bears won four of the seven head-to-head championship matchups to close within the final margin.
“It really is (big), it’s just exciting — the kids, the room,” Lahainaluna coach Todd Hayase said at the end of the night. “Baldwin, I’m sure their room has just been exciting, too. I think coming into the season, in my eyes, I thought Baldwin was the heavy favorite for both (team titles), but our season is long, injuries and things happen. So, having such a young team for us makes it even more exciting — we really have a young boys and girls team, so I think it’s even more special.”
Baldwin’s Waipuilani Estrella-Beauchamp (138) and Jahnea Miguel (127) will both try for their third state titles next in two weeks, and if that happens, the Bears could find themselves in the team title chase at state even with just eight of 14 weight classes filled.
“Now, we know what we need to work on,” Estrella-Beauchamp said after winning her final. “We have many lessons learned today and now we just have to go back in the (practice) room and fix everything.”
There is no question, the Bears and Lunas make each team better when battling like they did on Saturday night.
“I feel like we both make each other better, every day,” said Estrella-Beauchamp, who will continue her career at Midland University in Faurmont, Neb., next year. “They have a full lineup, they have all of their girls and boys, and we definitely push each other. I feel like we still have a shot at winning the state (team) title, even through with the amount of girls we have, we still have the quality to do that.”
Lahainaluna’s Nanea Estrella will be going for a fourth state crown at 132 after pinning Lanai’s Talia Agliam in 1:37 in the MIL final. If she is successful, she will join Lahainaluna graduate Lalelei Mataafa as the only four-time state champions in MIL history.
The Lunas girls could also be in the team chase at state.
“The team part, it just means so much to me because you can do so much on your own, but when you’re together with people and when you combine and all work together — and you have a family that has your back — it makes it so much better and it makes it so much more fun,” Estrella said. “Just being able to experience that with all my girls is awesome.”
For the boys, Kanoa Lanoza’s win over Baldwin’s Kahilihiwa Joy at 126 helped push the Lunas on their way to the boys title. He took a cue from Lahainaluna teammate Jayse Koyama’s 7-1 win over Baldwin’s Marcus Marinas in their 106 final.
“I mean, for the boys I knew it was going to be a tight, tight, tight match,” Lanoza said. “All I know is that 106-pounder, he sets the pace for everyone and once I saw him win, I was, like, ‘I think we got this.’ “
The Bears made a charge in the later weight classes, including a crucial win by Nainoa Flores at 152, a 19-11 decision over Lahainaluna’s Cyrus Freitas.
“We needed for MIL points, they’ve been pushing us all week, stressing the points consideration of the matches coming up, pushing everybody in the room,” Flores said before adding that the Lunas are a main focus for Baldwin coach Malakai Panuve. “We train hard to beat the Lunas. That’s our main goal, is to beat them. (Panuve) wants it more than anything.”
In the end, Panuve tipped his cap to the Lunas on both sides of the championship mat that was held under the spotlight in Kamehameha Maui’s gym.
“Like I said before, it’s going to be a great battle between us and Lahaina,” Panuve said. “And I’ve got to give a lot of credit to Lahaina, the coaches, the wrestlers, they’re awesome. They came in, they were ready to wrestle. My boys came up a little short tonight, but I’m proud of them — they fought all the way to that last second of the match.”
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At Kaulaheanuiokamoku Gym
106 pounds–1. Jayse Koyama, Lahainaluna; 2. Marcus Marinas, Baldwin; 3. Austin Kaalekahi, Molokai; 4. Ckristian Oliva, Lanai.
113–1. Tobey Ravida, Baldwin; 2. Cael Yasutake, Lahainaluna; 3. Roden Zyrus De Guzman, Baldwin.
120–1. Coby Ravida, Baldwin; 2. Alan Sanchez Jr., Lanai; 3. Ezekiel Matutuino, Kamehameha Maui; 4. Austin Panlasigui, Lahainaluna.
126–1. Kanoa Lanoza, Lahainaluna; 2. Kahilihiwa Joy, Baldwin; 3. Keanu Kamai, Baldwin; 4. Christian Clarion, Lahainaluna.
132–1. Dawson Nolasco, Lahainaluna; 2. Aaron Sumabat, Baldwin; 3. Jared Sugiyama, Lanai; 4. Kolee Pedro-Tabilangan, Molokai.
138–1. Bronson Adric, Baldwin; 2. Hauoli Sinenci, Hana; 3. Kainoa Monkres, Kamehameha Maui; 4. Ashton Greenleaf, Molokai.
145–1. Jesse Dudoit, Lahainaluna; 2. Kekoa Catiel, Lanai; 3. Malachi DeVera, Maui High; 4. Arlen Logan, Baldwin.
152–1. Nainoa Flores, Baldwin; 2. Cyrus Freitas, Lahainaluna; 3. Heno Kaiama, Molokai; 4. Shiloh Caparida, Molokai.
160–1. Kanoa Aruda-Starwood, Kamehameha Maui; 2. Cyrus Cook, Lahainaluna; 3. Joshua White, Maui High; 4. Jonah Renaud, Baldwin.
170–1. Thomas Momoa, Hana; 2. Kahiau Kaniho, Kamehameha Maui; 3. Justin Mina, Maui High; 4. Keawe Kane-Keahi, Lahainaluna.
182–1. Zachary Genobia, Kamehameha Maui; 2. Enoka Phillips, Lahainaluna; 3. Akuila Kolomatongi, Baldwin; 4. Kyairese Diego Pula, Maui High.
195–1. Matai Mataafa, Lahainaluna; 2. Leo Kalipi, Molokai; 3. Louis Cambra, Maui High.
220–1. Maake Panuve, Baldwin; 2. Kaeo Pedroza-Kanemitsu, Lahainaluna; 3. Tysyn Estrella, Lahainaluna.
285–1. Nephi Laga, Baldwin; 2. Austin Saribay, Lahainaluna; 3. Justin Keliikupakako, Kamehameha Maui.
97–1. Liana Ferreira, Baldwin; 2. Naiomi Kulukulualani-Sales, Lahainaluna; 3. Hayley Sedino, Maui; 4. Kellysa-Micihiko Pauole, Kamehameha Maui.
102–1. Nalani Kirkman, Lahainaluna; 2. Carynn Helm, Kamehameha Maui.
107–1. Teani Medeiros-Maielua, Lahainaluna; 2. Kalani Bicoy, Molokai; 3. Kauhi Mattos, Baldwin.
112–1. Kivah Caballero, Lahainaluna; 2. Michaelah Vasquez, King Kekaulike; 3. Barbara Simon, Molokai.
117–1. Alicia Frank, Lahainaluna; 2. Keeya Bicoy, Molokai; 3. Briseis Obregon, King Kekaulike.
122–1. Ashlee Palimoo, Kamehameha Maui; 2. Lydia Dudoit, Lahainaluna; 3. Alana Morris, Molokai; 4. Jojo Fraser, Lahainaluna.
127–1. Jahnea Miguel, Baldwin; 2. Laieikawai Tancayo, Lahainaluna; 3. Azure Quitevis, Maui; 4. Mallory Go, Molokai.
132–1. Nanea Estrella, Lahainaluna; 2. Talia Agliam, Lanai.
138–1. Waipuilani Estrella Beauchamp, Baldwin; 2. Claudia Keanini, Molokai; 3. Lilata Sansone, Hana; 4. Jaslyn Mamuad, Molokai.
145–1. Tyeisha Takamori, Baldwin; 2. Chaenel Deluna, Molokai.
155–1. Fayannie Rosario, Lahainaluna; 2. Kaceylee Pua, Baldwin; 3. Maile Kaahanui, Molokai.
168–1. Shayna Kamaka, Baldwin; 2. Janvier Bentley-Smith, Molokai; 3. Shekinah Orlando, Molokai; 4. Naupaka Borders, Lanai.
184–1. Shannon Jaramillo, Lahainaluna; 2. Sequoia Warren, Baldwin.
225–1. Mikohu Hapakuka, Lahainaluna; 2. Tuu Helekahi, Hana.