At what was believed to be the largest field at an all-girls high school wrestling tournament thus far in the state of Missouri, Washington’s Lady Jays placed sixth.
The Lady Jays picked up 99 points on the mat in the first edition of the Wonder Woman Tournament, held Saturday at Battle High School in Columbia.
Northwest was the winner of the event with 192.5 points. Next was Staley at 145 points, followed by St. Charles with 143, Hickman at 142 and Holt with 100.
Including various B-teams, C-teams and even D-teams in the event, more than 50 teams were listed in the final standings and an estimate of 200 wrestlers participated.
“I thought the girls did a great job to finish in the top six of a meet that had over 40 teams,” Washington Head Coach Josh Ohm said. “Our girls continue to improve each day and will be ready come the first weekend in February to wrestle in their first district meet.”
Washington was led by four medalists at the Wonder Woman Tournament. At the top of the list was Mia Reed, the second-place finisher at 110 pounds. Allison Meyer took third place in the 116-pound division. Halaina O’Bryant wrestled her way to fourth at 143 pounds and McKenna Deckelman finished sixth at 126 pounds.
Reed started the tournament in the quarterfinal round with a victory by pin against Rozalyn Richerson (Marshfield) in 5:12. She then pinned Camryn Head (St. Charles) in the semifinals in 2:52.
St. James wrestler Kaylynn Crocker won the division with a victory by pin against Reed in the championship round.
Meyer pinned Tiffany Sanderson (Northwest, 0:28) and Emily Buasri (Raymore-Peculiar, 2:36) to advance to the semifinals.
Caitlyn Thorne earned the right to advance to the 116-pound championship match with a victory by pin against Meyer.
In the third-place match, Meyer pinned Makayla Breedlove of William Chrisman in 2:54.
O’Bryant received a bye into the quarterfinals where she pinned Kylee Parker (Northwest) in 3:16.
Kali Butts (Smith-Cotton) scored a pin against O’Bryant in the semifinals and Naida Abdijanovic (Mehlville) did the same in the third-place match.
Deckelman won by pin in 1:06 of her first-round match against Lexi Shackelford of Brentwood’s B-team.
In the quarterfinals, Dayna Kassem (Hickman) defeated Deckelman in an 8-4 decision.
Deckelman came back with a 13-1 major decision win against Emma Spencer (Northwest) to reach the fifth-place match.
Kenna Poeling (Holt) was able to pick up the win by pin against Deckelman in the final round.
Courtney McEwan competed for the Lady Jays in the 167-pound division. McEwan started with a loss by pin against Brooklyn Chambers (Ft. Zumwalt West) but came back with wins by pin against Haley Velasco (Northwest D-team, 1:30) and Rosalee Williams (Fulton, 1:31).
Another Northwest wrestler, Olivia Buckley, representing the Lady Lions’ C-team, pinned McEwan in the consolation finals.
Elizabeth Brown and Kylie Kuenzel both represented Washington at 235 pounds with Kuenzel scoring 10 points for the Washington B-team in the tournament after pinning Brown in the consolation bracket in 3:51.
Kuenzel started with a loss by pin against Remy Asta (Staley) in the second round before scoring wins by pin against Olivia Loeffler (Mehlville B-team, 2:22) and Brown.
Leanna Merrell pinned Kuenzel in the consolation finals.
Brown was also pinned by Ellie Dunnaway of the Versailles B-team in her first match of the tournament.
The Lady Jays will next wrestle Friday in a tournament at St. Charles.