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Lahainaluna times four: Lunas dominate wrestling
April 22, 2014 - Robert Collias
By a 6-4 margin, only one school, Kamehameha Kapalama, finished with more state wrestling champions than Lahainaluna in 2014 for boys and girls combined.
The Lunas return all three of their state-champion girls, while team-champion Kapalama returns four of its five. It should be an interesting season in 2015 when the Lunas make a real run at a possible state team crown, something a Neighbor Island school has never done.
Here is the start of my MIL Wrestling All-Star story from today's paper, focusing on the Lunas' four state champions:
Bubba Jaramillo's life as a Lahainaluna High School state-champion wrestler is over, and college grappling awaits.
For the Lunas' trio of reigning girls state champs - Breanna Dudoit-Vasquez, Kapu Jara-millo and Lalelei Mataafa - a chance to grab more history is less than a year away.
The foursome shares The Maui News Maui Interscholastic League Wrestler of the Year honors.
"I can't believe it's over, this past four years of wrestling, of my life, have just went by way too quick," said Bubba Jaramillo, who has a wrestling scholarship awaiting him at the University of Nebraska-Kearney. "I should have known hard work would have gotten me where I am now.
"I wish I would have tried a little harder my freshman and sophomore year - I could have possibly been a four-time state champion - but all in all, it has been one of the best four years of my life."
The Jaramillos, Dudoit-Vasquez and Mataafa are among 20 Lahainaluna wrestlers to earn spots on the MIL All-Star team, which comprises league champions and state medalists.
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