disable the hover state

I'm using three states on my menu items for a quiz (Normal, Hover, Locked).  I'm not unlocking the next level in the game until they master an earlier level. I have the linking working properly; however, when a menu is in Locked mode, the Hover still changes color.  The link doesn't work, which is great, but the hover effect occurs.  I understand why it's doing that.  Is there a way to not do it?  I'm thinking the only way is to create my own custom trigger for the hover and not use the default hover state.  Is that my only choice?

Thanks!

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