St. Louis' Frank Fernandez looked at the referee as he pinned a disappointed Isaac Ickes of Iolani in the ILH championship match in the 275-pound weight class.

Iolani boys win
ILH wrestling

Star-Bulletin staff

Before Iolani and Saint Louis met for the boys basketball championship last night, the Raiders and Crusaders battled it out for the Interscholastic League of Honolulu wrestling crown.

Iolani unseated two-time defending league champion Saint Louis 188.5-180, with Kamehameha (153.5) and Punahou (100) trailing.

"It was basically one match swaying one way during the course of the tournament," Saint Louis coach Todd Los Banos said. "We positioned ourselves well for states. Winning the ILH would have been nice, but the goal is to win states

The Crusaders are the two-time defending state champions.

Kamehameha repeated as girls champion, finishing with 108 points, well ahead of Punahou (72.5) and Iolani (46.5).

Kamehameha also won the junior varsity boys title.

Only two Iolani wrestlers actually won their varsity boys weight classes, but six Raiders placed second.

Iolani's Owen Yonehara, who came up short at 130 pounds last year, won last night at 135. Aaron Ishikawa also took top honors at 103.

Saint Louis senior Jonathan Spiker, who won the ILH gold at 145 pounds last year, took top honors at 152 last night, pinning Punahou's Justin Kao.

"He's on fire," Los Banos said. "He's got a goal in mind, to win four state titles. He's hungry and very focused."

Punahou's Kevin Takasaki, who lost to Spiker in last year's 145 final, won gold last night in the same weight class.

The Crusaders' Ben Wilmore, a winner at 112 pounds a year ago, won the 130-pound division last night. Kamehameha's Judd Vincent was also a repeat winner, stepping up to 171 pounds from 152.

Several girls were able to surpass last season's ILH results.

Kamehameha's Jazmine Cockett, who was second at 130 pounds a year ago, won the title this year. Naleisha Pelekai-Wai moved up to 121 from 103, and improved from second in 2002 to first last night.

Punahou's Jaynee Kim (114) was the only girls wrestler to repeat in the same division.

The Data House Boys and Girls State Wrestling Championship is March 14-15 at Blaisdell Arena.

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