In the first girls wrestling conference championships for the Gateway Athletic Conference, Washington took sixth place.
The Lady Jays were led by the 110-pound conference champion, Mia Reed, and earned five individual medals in the tournament Wednesday at Ft. Zumwalt North.
Washington tallied 69 points in the event. St. Charles won the inaugural conference tournament with 119 points. Francis Howell (96 points), Ft. Zumwalt North (74), Ft. Zumwalt West (74) and Holt (73.5) each made it into the top five.
Other team scores included Troy (25), Ft. Zumwalt East (22), Francis Howell Central (16), Orchard Farm (16), Timberland (16), Winfield (13), Francis Howell North (12), Wentzville Liberty (eight) and Warrenton (seven).
Reed received a bye into the semifinals where she pinned Beta Vondera (Francis Howell) in 2:45. In the championship match, she pinned Camryn Head (St. Charles) in 1:44.
Washington also had individual medalists that included second-place finishers Halaina O’Bryant (143 pounds), Kylie Kuenzel (235), third-place winner Courtney McEwen (167) and fourth-place finisher Allison Meyer (116).
O’Bryant went straight to the semifimals where she pinned Maegan Hayes (St. Charles) in 2:43.
In the 143-pound championship match, Kennedy Cox (Ft. Zumwalt North) edged O’Bryant for the title by a 5-4 decision.
Kuenzel received a bye into the 235-pound championship match. Francis Howell’s Kymbrietta Turner won the championship for the weight class via pin.
McEwen lost by pin to Ft. Zumwalt West’s Brooklyn Chambers in the quarterfinal round, but rebounded with a victory by pin against Madison Oellermann (St. Charles) in 4:30 to advance to the third-place match.
There, McEwen won again by pin, covering Anastasia Denzmore (Holt) in just 48 seconds.
Meyer took a loss in the quarterfinals to Sophia Tran (Francis Howell Central) by pin. Meyer then won her next match by pin against Holt’s Megan Stutsman in 3:46.
Tran again matched up with Meyer in the third-place match, again winning by pin.
McKenna Deckelman represented the Lady Jays at 126 pounds.
Two close matches went against Deckleman by decision. Erin Fleming (Francis Howell North) defeated Deckelman, 5-3, in the quarterfinals and Grace Hawks (Holt) eliminated her in the consolation semifinals, 11-7.
Washington’s scheduled trip to the St. Charles Tournament Friday and Saturday was called off due to anticipation of inclement weather. The Lady Jays are next scheduled to wrestle Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Seckman Jaguar Invitational at 9:30 a.m.