Murata wins national title |

Murata wins national title

Appeal Staff Report

Minden’s Stephanie Murata won her ninth national championship in women’s wrestling at the U.S. National Championships on Friday in Las Vegas.

Murata, ranked No. 1 in the U.S., pinned Marry Kelly in the second round at 105 1/2 pounds in the championship match.

“I think (trailing after the first period) reinforced what I needed to do to win,” Murata said. “I didn’t do what I needed to do in the first period.”