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Lunas Crown Three State Champions at Wrestling

March 3, 2013, 11:21 AM HST
* Updated March 4, 8:06 AM
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Lahainaluna High School's Carly Jaramillo, shown here in a meet last month, won the girls state title at 135 pounds. File photo by Glen Pascual.

Lahainaluna High School’s Carly Jaramillo, shown here in a meet last month, won the girls state title at 135 pounds. File photo by Glen Pascual.

By Rodney S. Yap

Lahainaluna High School’s Bubba and Carly Jaramillo became the first brother and sister from the Maui Interscholastic League to win state wrestling titles Saturday at the Neal Blaisdell Arena on Oahu.

The duo and freshman Lalelei Mataafa gave the Lunas three state titles — the school’s 21st, 22nd and 23rd — in the sport of wrestling since it was introduced in 1966.

Bubba Jaramillo manhandled Moanalua’s Nakoa Chun 11-2 in the boys 140-pound final and younger sister Carly, or Kapu to her teammates and friends, pinned defending champion Shannon Paaaina of Mid-Pacific in the 135-pound final with four seconds remaining in the match.

Mataafa, the younger sister of two-time silver medalist Hercules Mataafa at 215, won the girls 220 championship by pinning Kaydie Lynn Tehotu of McKinley in 1 minute, 33 seconds.


Collectively, the Jaramillios and Mataafa went 75-0 in 2013. Bubba finished with an impressive 38-0 mark, Kapu was 23-0 and Mataafa 14-0.

Lahainaluna High School's Bubba Jaramillo, shown here in a meet last month, won the boys 140

Lahainaluna High School’s Bubba Jaramillo, shown here in a meet last month, won the boys state title at 140 pounds. File photo by Glen Pascual.


Lahainaluna place third in both the boys and girls team standings.

Pearl City nudged Kamehameha Kapalama for the girls championship, 158 to 151.5. The Lunas was next at 141, followed by Molokai with 91 and Baldwin with 53.

Bubba Jaramillo rolled over Chun, building a 6-2 advantage going into the third round.


Kapu Jaramillo trailed early in the second round 1-0 and went ahead 2-1 on a takedown with 37 seconds left in the second round. She added a two-point reversal before pinning Paaaina.

The third Jaramillo, Precious, finished third at 121 for the second straight year.

Lalelei Mataafa is no stranger to the big stage, having competed on the national level in the NFL’s Punt, Pass, Kick competition four times, including a national title in 2008.

Keeping it all in the family, Hercules Mataafa lost 8-2 in the boys 215 final to Kamehameha Kapalama’s Dane Pestano, who beat him 5-3 in 2012.

2013-wrestlingFive boys and four girls from the MIL won semifinal bouts Saturday morning.

Molokai’s Kailaoe Cabating was pinned by Pearl City’s Breanne Takaesu in 3:42 in the girls 105 final. Cabating pinned Punahou’s Miranda Oda in the final second of a semifinal match.

Teshiya Alo of Kamehameha Kapalama pinned Lahainaluna’s Breanna Dudoit-Vasquez in 35 seconds to win the girls 130 title.

Kamehameha Kapalama’s Jonathan Kamaka defeated Lahainaluna’s Wyatt Chism 8-3 in the boys 135 final. Chism pinned Kailua’s Canaan Kawaihae in 3:26 in the semifinals.

Campbell’s Brandon Perez beat Lahainaluna’s Christian Balagso 8-6 in the boys 108 final and Pearl City’s Blake Cooper won his second state title by defeating Kamehameha Maui’s Andrew Kahalewai 11-2 in the boys 152 final.

Lahainaluna Girls State Champions

2013 — Carly Jaramillo, 135; Lalelei Mataafa, 220

1998 — Lia Berger, 140

Lahainaluna Boys State Champions

2013 — Bubba Jaramillo, 140

2011 — Chanse Uyeda, 147

2010 — Holden Mowat, 152

2008 — Lake Casco, 160; Travis Okano, 130

2007 — Lake Casco, 152; Travis Okano, 125

2006 — Bailey Ball, 140; Travis Okano, 119

2004 — Naihe Akoi, 145

2002 — Kainoa Casco, 160; Jeffrey Larita, 152

2001 — Kainoa Casco, 152

2000 — Kawika Casco, 171

1999 — Kawika Casco, 152

1997 — Clinton Babayan, 130

1996 — Chris Nguyen, 130

1994 — Stephen Lucas, 171

1983 — Lance Stevens, 167

1976 — Mike Miyamoto, 112

1975 — Matthew Ha, 98

1974 — Robert Motooka, 119

1973 — Robert Motooka, 112

1969 — Kurtis Saiki, 154






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