Farmers send four wrestlers to state tournament; Rizpah Umi becomes Molokai’s first four-time MIL champ
Entering the Maui Interscholastic League wrestling tournament last Friday at the Lahaina Civic Center, the Molokai girls had hopes of contending with Lahainaluna for the league title.
With a deep and experienced squad, the Molokai girls competed well but at the end of the day fell 37 points short of the Luna’s 141 team points. Molokai will send three girls to the state Chevron Championships set for Friday and Saturday at Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu.
At 125 pounds, senior Rizpah Torres-Umi won the MIL title for the fourth straight year and will enter the state tournament as the number-two seed. She is the first wrestler in Molokai High School history to win the league title four years in a row.
Karley Kaulili is Molokai’s other number-two seed in the state tournament, winning the MIL title at 105 pounds. Rizpah’s younger sister, Esther Torres-Umi, took home the 121-pound title and will be seeded third at the state tournament.
For the Farmer boys, Iokepa Albino qualified for the state tournament at 220 pounds. He has been seeded third.
As expected, Lahainaluna easily won the MIL boys’ team title, outpacing Baldwin by over 105 points in sending 12 wrestlers to states. The Luna girls will be sending 10 wrestlers to state. Only MIL finalists qualify for the state tournament.