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Lunas come up second twice, return strong next season
March 2, 2014 - Robert Collias
Lahainaluna has been tantalizingly close to winning a state team wrestling title before — something never done by an outer island school before — but this weekend the Lunas doubled that pleasure/heartbreak. Leading both team races going into the final day, the Lunas came up second in boys and girls.
The boys will lose two-time state champion Bubba Jaramillo to graduation, but return a strong nucleus. The girls return all 11 of their state qualifiers, including eight state medalists and three state champions. Watch out for them next season.
Here is the lead to my story in this morning's paper that I did via phone:
The team titles will have to wait, but the Lahainaluna High School wrestling teams each captured runner-up trophies to go with four individual titles at the Chevron State Championships on Saturday night at the Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu.
Bubba Jaramillo won his second straight title when he beat Radford's Liam Corbett 3-1 in the 145-pound boys final. Last season, Jaramillo won the 140 crown.
Carly Jaramillo won her second consecutive girls state title at 140, Lalelei Mataafa won again at 220 and Breanna Dudoit Vasquez claimed the 135 championship.
The Lunas boys scored 146 points to finish second to Pearl City by 9 1/2. Lahainaluna's girls scored 164 to fall 14 points short of Kamehameha Kapalama.
Almost immediately after winning his crown, Bubba Jaramillo's attention turned to his sister's title match. She pinned Punahou's Zoe Hernandez with two seconds remaining.
"I was way more happier to see my sister win than me because I'm her biggest inspiration and when I do something, she wants to do it at the same level if not better," Bubba Jaramillo said. "This just brings so much joy to my heart to see not only me win a second title, but my sister as well."
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