With three wrestlers on the podium, St. Clair’s Lady Bulldogs finished eighth in the girls standings at Lafayette’s Fred Ross Invitational Tournament Saturday.
St. Clair picked up 47 points, led by medalists Mikayla Weirich (third place, 187 pounds), Mackenzie Turner (fourth, 235) and Cassidy Shoemate (fifth, 116).
Lebanon topped the girls’ team standings with 183 points. Rounding out the top five were Lafayette (141 points), McCluer North (115), Rockwood Summit (63), Lindbergh (61) and Normandy (61).
Other varsity scores included De Soto (54), Seckman (48), Hillsboro (43), Poplar Bluff (43), Eureka (41), Ritenour (33), Webster Groves (30), Kirkwood (28), Fox (26), Union (26), Parkway West (24) and Windsor (24).
Weirich started off with a win by pin in 1:50 against Bailey Shockley (Lebanon). Taeya Robinson (Rockwood Summit) then defeated Weirich by pin in the semifinals.
In the third-place match, Weirich pinned Grace Kearby (Poplar Bluff) in 2:17.
“Mikayla demonstrated a lot of poise on the mat and wrestled especially tough in the neutral position,” St. Clair Assistant Coach Michael Rodgers said.
Turner received a bye into the semifinals where she was pinned by the eventual 235-pound champion, Geraldine Flores (Ritenour) in the third round.
Turner was then pinned in the second round of the third-place match by Carolyn Sterner (Lebanon).
Shoemate started in the quarterfinals and was pinned by Ashlynn Loechner (Lebanon), the division’s eventual champion.
In the consolation rounds, Shoemate pinned Kaleigh Milligan (Seckman, 1:30), Kiley Kjos (Seckman, 0:19) and Julia Datus (Lindbergh, 4:31).
“Cassidy has really improved her level of conditioning since her last competition,” Rodgers said. “Her wrestling skill showed improvement in every bout as the day went on.”
Morgan Juergens finished seventh at 143 pounds. She lost in the opening round by pin to Lebanon’s Josie Denton. She then pinned Michaela Hill (Eureka) in 3:22 before losing by pin to Amber Cage (Hillsboro).
In the seventh-place match, Juergens pinned Grace Johnson (Hillsboro) in 15 seconds.
Emma Davis represented the Lady Bulldogs at 121 pounds, finishing eighth.
After an opening round loss by pin to Lafayette’s Emily Liu, Davis pinned Kylee Mobley (Union) in 1:31.
Davis finished the tournament with back-to-back losses by pin against Paige Wehremeister (Parkway West) and Mika Barciszewski (Hillsboro).
“In her first tournament competition, Emma showed rapid improvement throughout the day,” Rodgers said. “Emma is extremely coachable and (we) believe she is going to have a very successful season.”
The Lady Bulldogs are next scheduled to wrestle at St. Charles on Saturday.