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Thomas Mukai and Robinson win Virginia wrestling championship

Feb 17, 2019 - Washington Post Blogs

About three-and-a-half years ago, when Thomas Mukai tried out for Robinson wrestling as a freshman, he worried he wouldn't make the team. But assistant coach Rick Jones believed in Mukai.

"He was the first person who told me I could be a state champion," Mukai said, "even when I didn't believe it then."

Mukai said Jones died of lung cancer in 2017, and Mukai, now a senior, has leaned on his tip for confidence.

On Saturday at the Virginia High School League wrestling championshi...