Lilly Luft named Dan Gable Ms. Wrestler of the Year Award
KIMT NEWS 3 SPORTS – Lilly Luft of Charles City has plenty to celebrate this week. First and foremost, the sophomore won her first state wrestling championship last weekend.
“I set a goal last year to win a state title and I fell a bit short which gave me so much more drive and motivation for this year. I finally succeeded, ”said Luft.
Luft is no stranger to sport. His late brother, Logan, had a deep passion for wrestling. Immediately after his championship game ended, Luft could be seen pointing skyward.
“He was there with me every step of the way. We won that state title together, so it was just a huge honor and a great opportunity. I loved every moment of it.
Now that she has a state championship on her resume, she has even more goals that she hopes to accomplish.
“Now that I know what I can accomplish, it will give me even more motivation and courage to keep working hard and trying to get that (second and) third title.
Luft recently learned that she had been nominated for the Dan Gable Ms. Wrestler of the Year award.
“It is a huge honor to be among the best wrestlers in the state. Many of them have struggled their entire lives or ever since they were really little. To only fight for two years and to be among them is a very big honor, ”said Luft.
On Thursday, Luft led the ballot with 1,282 votes (32.87%), ahead of Mariah Webster of Colfax-Mingo who had obtained 1,063 votes (27.26%).
“It would be great,” she said of the idea of winning the award. “For me to be able to win would be so humiliating and knowing that I have so many supporters there. It would be just great.
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