Boys and Girls Judo hopeful as they head to States


Joelle Watanabe, staff writer

The Moanalua judo team is heading to the State Tournament with much to celebrate about this past season. 

Both girls and boys teams won the OIA team title, against Waipahu and Kapolei respectively, on Friday, April 8 in the OIA team championships. In the OIA Individual Judo Championships on Saturday, April 23, more than 20 judokas qualified individually within their respective weight brackets for States, with 11 judokas placing first. 

This comes after two years of having no season due to COVID-19. Before quarantine, both girls and boys clinched the team state title twice in a row for the 2018 and 2019 season. 

“I really hope that we get the team title. As much as a state championship is worth for senior year, I think the most important thing is team title, because I feel if we win as a team, for upcoming generations, they’ll see, ‘I’ll join judo too’, and it’s just going to keep on going,” senior Rachel Oshita said. She placed first in her weight class of 129lb.

The state tournament is the last event of the 2022 season. It will be held on Saturday, May 7 at Stan Sherrif Center, starting at 10:30am. 

Boys Results from the OIA Tournament

108 – 1st Estabilio, Josh

114 – 1st Flores, Diego, 7th Matsui, Gage

132 – 6th Nochi, Jarrett 

145 – 1st Salvador, Teagan 

161 – 2nd Lazo, Branson, 5th Jacob, Christian

178 – 1st Sumiye, Blaze

198 – 1st Lee, Brady, 5th Saiki, Logan

220 – 3rd Nitahara, Karter, 5th Kurahara, Keaka

285 – 4th Paleafei, Christian

Girls Results from the OIA Tournament

98 – 4th Hayashida, Gabrielle

103 – 1st Beltran, Sage, 3rd Llaneza, Maya

109 – 1st Shota, Kayla

115 – 2nd Yasumura, Kamaile, 6th Tomomitsu, Kasie

122 – 2nd Maki, Baylee 

129 – 1st Oshita, Rachel

139 – 1st Dixon, Jessica

154 – 3rd Kukonu, Nohi, 4th Yasumura, Kalei 

172 – 1st Titcomb, Taryn, 2nd Baguio, Eden

220 – 1st Adiniwin, Jasmine