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Could be a fun battle between Farmers, Lunas for MIL girls grappling title tonight
February 21, 2014 - Robert Collias
Here is the start of my story from Thursday's paper — finals start tonight with 5:30 p.m. introductions at the Lahaina Civic Center:
Molokai High School has not won a Maui Interscholastic League team wrestling title since 1992, when the boys squad accomplished the feat.
Friday night at the Lahaina Civic Center, the Farmers will go after the school's first MIL girls team crown in the home of four-time defending champion Lahainaluna.
"We are very excited to possibly make history for Molokai High School," said senior 125-pounder Rizpah Torres-Umi, a team captain who can become the first four-time league champion for the Farmers.
"We have been working so hard, I have been working with the girls individually, getting them mentally and physically prepared. We know we are capable of doing it and we are more than ready to make history for our school."
Torres-Umi is one of two seniors on the roster, along with the other captain, 105-pounder Karley Kaulili.
"It would mean so much for our island, our school, our team, everybody," Kaulili said. "It's a big opportunity."
The Lunas are led by defending state champions Carly Jaramillo and Lalelei Mataafa.
"The Lunas are a tough team, they have taken the tournament for as long as we can remember," said Torres-Umi, who plans to continue her wrestling career at Wayland Baptist University in Texas. "They are definitely the team to beat. We have been working on our skills individually and team-wise. We just have to mentally prepare ourselves - we know we can do it."
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