ATA Shuts Down CA Girls Wrestling Team

Kresta Tabaranza
Kresta Tabaranza

WAIKIKI (KHNL) -- The sudden shutdown may ruin the season of a middle school girl's wrestling team from California.

The girls are staying at a hotel in Waikiki. They compete Saturday at a wrestling tournament hosted by Moanalua High School. They're supposed to leave Sunday but so far they have no easy way out.

They came to Hawaii to compete but the Springtowne Lady Wildcat team is now wrestling with the thought that they may not be able to come home in time to try and snatch the California State Championship title for a third straight year.

"I'm really disappointed that a lot of us put a lot of effort into this and just to have it thrown away or taken away from us really hurts," said wrestler Kresta Tabaranza.

"It's hard because we've been talking about, oh this is the team we're going to win, we got this," said Desiree Espana, an another wrestler.

ATA's sudden shut down threatens to break their winning streak. The middle school girl's wrestling team is on Oahu for a tournament -- a trip they worked hard for, raising money the past nine months for travel expenses.

"The financial sacrifice that families made to get their kids here, it was not easy and the hard work these kids put in just to get here to compete it's frustrating," said coach Jason Guiducci.

The team is stressed out knowing their families may have to fork out even more money at the last minute to pay for their return flight.

The Lady Wildcats are scheduled to defend their title in a week, but with no way back the girls may miss their chance to capture another victory as state champions.

The girls are eighth graders so this is their last year on the team, which is why the state championship means so much to them.