Female wrestler at Point Loma earns historic trip to state meet
by SCOTT HOPKINS
Published - 02/27/19 - 08:03 AM | 13129 views | 0 0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Pointer senior Rana Willink is the first female in school history to qualify for the state wrestling tournament.  COURTESY PHOTO 
Pointer senior Rana Willink is the first female in school history to qualify for the state wrestling tournament.  COURTESY PHOTO 
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For the first time in school history, a female wrestler from PLHS has earned a spot in the state meet held last weekend in Bakersfield.

Rana Willink, a senior, finished in third place at the girls CIF championship meet, held in Brawley this year, to earn a spot in the state meet.

Coach Brian Lamb reports Willink is the first Pointer wrestler to qualify for the state meet since the 1990s. She has wrestled every season during her time at PLHS. Willink won one match by pin at state last Saturday before losing her next two in the double elimination event.

"Point Loma wrestling is very proud of Rana," said Lamb. "She exudes class, grace, beauty and wicked strength on and off the mat. She worked extremely hard to become a state qualifier as well as maintaining her academic standing with a 4.3 grade point average. As a team captain she has been a well-rounded and positive influence."

Wrapping a successful season for his charges, Lamb reported the following top finishers at the season-ending tournaments:

City league championships saw senior James Hilley in the 147-pound finals, placing second. Senior Logan Lumabas (154) and sophomore Thor Willink, Rana's brother (172) earned third place medals and sophomore Austin Tran (108) and junior Louis Daniels (287) each took fourth places.

Next up was the Masters tournament at San Marcos High. Top finisher was Daniels who earned a fourth place and trip to the state meet. Others were freshman David Lowden (184) and Thor Willink (172) in fifth, senior Nelson Poole (162) in sixth, Tran (108) in seventh and Lumabas (154) in eighth.

Earlier in the season the Pointers won the Vista High Frosh/Soph dual team tournament. They placed fourth as a team at the City championships and had seven finishers at the CIF championships.

Lamb has started a wrestling program for boys and girls of all ages in the Point Loma area. Those interested in Point Loma Seaside Grapplers Junior Wrestling Program can contact Lamb at [email protected]
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