Pearl City Charger girls win 2012 state judo championship

May 6, 2012 | PC Sports

The Pearl City Chargers Girls outscored three time defending state champion Punahou 71-58 to win the HHSAA State Girls Judo Championship Title on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at the University of Hawaii's Stan Sheriff Center.

The Lady Chargers were led by team captain Sanoe Spencer who captured the title in the 220 lbs. weight division. It was Spencer's third championship title at 220 lbs.

Pearl City came close in knocking off Punahou last year but lost by two points for the championship. The Lady Chargers last state judo championship came in 2008.

Kapolei finished in third place yesterday behind Pearl City and Punahou with 47 points.

It was a an OIA sweep for the championship titles in both the Girl's and Boy's competition as the Moanalua Na Menehune captured the Boy's title finishing in first place in a close win over Mililani 58-52. Kamehameha – Kapalama finished third with 42 points.

The Charger Boys came across tough competition during Saturday's championship tournament. The team fought hard in every bout. The Chargers finishing tied for 22nd place. Michael Ishikawa had the highest finish for the Chargers placing 6th in the 121 lbs. weight division.

Congratulations to Pearl City Chargers Head Coach Robin Puahala and the Chargers coaching staff for a great job in guiding the Boy's and Girl's judo teams to an unforgettable 2012 season!

A special congratulations goes out to the Lady Chargers for winning team titles in both the OIA and HHSAA State Championship Tournaments.

Aloha to all the seniors. You will be missed, but never forgotten for your amazing accomplishments, dedication to your teammates, coaches, supporters and school, and especially for the Charger Pride that came from within to guide your success and build upon your legacy. 

Mahalo to Lori Wusstig (proud team mom) for the awesome championship photos!

Charger Girls Individual Results:

98 lbs.     Taylor Vidad            3rd Place  (Wazari)

103 lbs.   Breanne Takaesu    4th Place 

115 lbs.   Taylor Castro           3rd Place  (Yuko)

122 lbs.   Sharese Ader          3rd Place  (Ippon)

139 lbs.   Trudi Eltagonde       4th Place 

154 lbs.   Ariana Fernandez    3rd Place  (Official's Decision)

154 lbs.   Mylinda Jefferson    4th place

172 lbs.    Kacie Awa              5th Place   (Ippon)

220 lbs.   Sanoe Spencer       1st Place   (Ippon)

220 lbs.   Dora Matsushima    2nd Place

Charger Boys Individual Results:

121 lbs.   Michael Ishikawa     6th place

                                                       Photo by Barry Villamil | [email protected]

Pearl City's Michael Ishikawa pictured in a consolation win in the 121 lbs. weight division. Ishikawa went on to place 6th in the championship tournament.

                                                       Photo by Barry Villamil | [email protected]

Ariana Fernandez (right) finished in third place in the 154 lbs. weight division for the Lady Chargers.

                                                                                  Photo courtesy of  Lori Wusstig

Pearl City Head Coach Robin Puahala poses with his team captains from the Lady Chargers state championship team on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at the University of Hawaii's Stan Sheriff Center. Congratulations to Sanoe Spencer (top right) who won her third state championship in the 220 lbs. weight division.