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Lunas wrestling teams lead boys, girls state standings
March 1, 2014 - Robert Collias
The Lahainaluna boys and girls wrestling teams lead their team chases after the first day of the state tournaments at the Neal Blaisdell Arena.
The Lunas girls are in a tight battle with Kamehameha Kapalama — Lahainaluna holds an 82-77 lead going into Saturday, the final day of competition. Both teams have six semifinalists, the Warriors have three alive in the consolation brackets, the Lunas four.
The Lunas boys appear headed to the first team title ever won by a Neighbor Island school — boys or girls — in the boys tournament that began in 1966. Lahainaluna has six semifinalists and four alive on the backside.
Those numbers in a different light: The Lunas boys and girls combined have 20 of 24 wrestlers who qualified for this meet still competing at the midway point — staggering.
Kamehameha Kapalama is 17 points behind the Luna boys and the Warriors have four semifinalists and four more still alive on the backside.
Pearl City is another half-point back with six semifinalists and two alive in consolation, and Campbell (two more points back, four semifinalists, six in the back brackets) are also outside threats to the Luna boys.
We have this breaking news story up that has been updated all night (it's a done deal for tonight).
I had this feature earlier in the week on Christian Balagso, the top seed and now a semifinalists at 120 pounds. One note that I actually forgot to put in my story: Balagso beat a defending state champion in the referees tournament on Oahu with a broken finger. He epitomizes the toughness of this program.
Kahuku in 2006 and Punahou in 2009, 2010 and 2011 are the only schools to win both boys and girls state team titles in the same season. For a school like Lahainaluna to join those ranks would be an amazing feat, no question about it.
I see history coming tomorrow.
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