Every wrestler made the brackets for the Lady Bulldogs.
Fielding just four wrestlers, St. Clair’s girls team finished 16th overall at the Mehlville Tournament Friday with a score of 45 points.
Buffalo won the tournament with 135 points. McCluer North finished in a close second with 133 points.
Lafayette (128.5 points), St. Charles (114) and Northwest (103) rounded out the top five. Other varsity team scores included Rockwood Summit (97), Park Hills Central (81), Mehlville (79), Washington (77), Collinsville, Ill. (71), De Soto (67.5), Hickman (59), Battle (58), Hancock (56), Fulton (53), Lindbergh (40), Fox (34), Parkway West (31), Windsor (29), Hillsboro (25), Oakville (16) and Webster Groves (10).
Makenzie Turner had the most success for the Lady Bulldogs, finishing in third place in the 235-pound division.
Cassidy Shoemate (116 pounds) and Morgan Juergens (136) both placed sixth. Mikayla Weirich was the seventh-place finisher at 187 pounds.
Head Coach Mel Hughes said the team had a successful showing and that the program is poised to add two more girls wrestlers in the new year.
“Every girl on the team had at least two wins as they advanced through their bracket,” Hughes said. “All four girls made it to a place match. Every win our team had throughout the entire tournament was by pin. Pinning technique is something we focus on in every practice. We want every wrestler on our team to be working to improve their position and score points but the primary goal in every bout is to win by fall. We were very pleased to see how well our girls did in this all-important area of wrestling.”
Turner won a preliminary match against Dyoni Henry (St. Charles). She then pinned Marissa Hudman (Hillsboro, 0:22) in the quarterfinals.
Buffalo’s Honalee Hunt scored a pin against Turner in the semifinals.
Turner rebounded to win by pin in 16 seconds in the third-place match against Karli McFarland (Park Hills Central).
Shoemate was pinned in her lone preliminary match by Kyra Perry (McCluer North). Amber Mitchell (Park Hills Central) then defeated Shoemate by pin in the quarterfinals.
Shoemate earned a victory against Buffalo’s Madison Anderson by pin in 1:39 of the consolation semifinals.
Mehlville’s Abigail Pesselato earned the win by pin against Shoemate in the fifth-place contest.
In preliminary action, Juergens pinned Payton Maldin (St. Charles JV) in 1:04, but was then pinned by Taylor Murphey (Northwest).
Juergens was pinned by Natalie Schaljo (McCluer North) in the quarterfinals.
The route to the fifth-place match saw Juergens win by pin against Cassidy Head (St. Charles) in 45 seconds in the consolation semifinals.
Buffalo’s Savannah Rice won by pin against Juergens in the fifth-place match.
Weirich finished with a win in the seventh-place match, pinning Wendy Robles (Northwest JV) in 25 seconds.
In other bracket matches, Weirich was pinned by Treasure Smith (Lafayette) and Emily Bausworth (Northwest).
Weirich won a preliminary match by pin against Anyha Cain (Battle JV) in 5:53. She lost her other prelim contest by pin to Taeya Robinson (Rockwood Summit).
“I was as pleased with the work our girls team did leading up to the event as I was their performance itself,” Hughes said. “All are taking on a brand new sport to them. All are buying into the hard work and the process it takes to improve. All represent our team with sportsmanship and class. They have an excellent “team first” attitude and their support for each other was great to see, again, not just in the tournament, but in the weeks leading up to it.”
The Lady Bulldogs will next wrestle Jan. 5 at the Lafayette Invitational.