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Jackson girls wrestling has three finish on the podium at Vikings Holiday tourney

The Jackson girls wrestling team scored 77.5 points to take sixth place — one spot from a trophy finish — at the Fourth Annual Lady Vikings Holiday Tournament last Wednesday. Submitted photo

Last week in Springfield, the Jackson girls wrestling team competed in the Fourth Annual Vikings Holiday Tournament, where the Indians placed sixth overall and had three wrestlers finish on the podium.

Two of these Jackson wrestlers won their individual weight class as senior sisters Mallorie Metzger (15-2) and Gracie Metzger (11-3) both took first at 120 pounds and 115 pounds, respectively. The third and final Indian to finish in the top six was the Metzger’s younger sister freshman Mollie Metzger (9-5), who placed fifth overall at 125 pounds.

Mallorie Metzger won all of her matches in the quickest combined time with a total of 10 minutes, 47 seconds through five bouts. Metzger pinned three of her opponents with the quickest being at 40 seconds in round three.

In the 120-pound championship match, Mallorie defeated Ozark junior Alyvia Myers (11-6) handedly by technical fall at 15-0 at the 2:26 mark. Metzger pinned Buffalo junior Kayli Wentz-Smith (10-13) 69 seconds into the championship semifinal, and before that she teched West Plains senior Rayven Davis (16-3) 15-0 in the first period.

As for Gracie, she recorded the second fastest combination of wins for the Indians with a time of 14:56. Metzger won all of her matches via pinfall as she pinned down Holden freshman Macey Greene’s (23-9) shoulders with 1:24 left in the third and final period.

Gracie pinned McDonald County junior Jaslyn Benhumea (10-6) at the 1:57 mark of the championship semifinals, while she pinned Ozark freshman Emma Tsaruk (14-12) 54 seconds into the second period.

The Indians likely would have had another podium finisher in 135-pound senior Kassie Hodges (5-5), but she suffered an injury in the third round and had to forfeit her final two matches to take seventh in her class.

Jackson’s fifth and final wrestler to compete in the Vikings Holiday Tournament was junior Josephine Collins (4-9), and she finished seventh overall at 110 pounds.

The Indians will have two more tournaments — Lafayette (Saturday) and the Sherri Lance Invitational (Jan. 13) — prior to the SEMO Conference Tournament that will be held from Jan. 20-21 at Cape Central.

Both Gracie Metzger and Kassie Hodges won individual conference championships last winter.

Nick McNeal covers high school sports, college sports and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Cape Girardeau County for the past five years. He can be reached at cbjsports@socket. net.

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