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Jackson girls wrestling having success with Milam and Metzger leading way

The Jackson girls wrestling team competed in the Lafayette Tournament on Saturday and in the Kinloch Tournament Dec. 28. Sophomores Kayleigh Milam, top row right, and Mollie Metzger, top row second to right, have placed in the top three of each of these tournaments. Submitted photo

Over the weekend, the Jackson girls wrestling team was on the road once again for the Lafayette Fred Ross Invitational, where the Indians had three individuals place in the top four of their weight class.

Taking home gold for Jackson was sophomore Kayleigh Milam (17-6) at 110 pounds as fellow sophomore Mollie Metzger (15-8) took home the bronze 125, while junior Haley Sanders (11-12) finished fourth at 235.

Milam faced Rockwood Summit’s Chaire Perks (17-4) in the title bout, coming away with a 15-4 major decision for the win. This was Milam’s first tournament championship of the season as she took second place in the Festus Scramble back in November.

After receiving a bye in the first round, Milam made light work of her two opponents leading up to her championship match. She first pinned Hazelwood East’s Tahanna Gray (7-8) in 34 seconds in the quarterfinals, followed up by another pin at the 1:15-mark against St. Clair’s Ashley Meek (8-13) in the semifinals.

In the Lady Viking Tournament on Dec. 28, Milam finished 4-1 overall to take third place and recorded three pinfalls along with one medical forfeit. All three of Kayleigh’s pins came in the first period.

Moving on to Metzger’s third-place performance at the Fred Ross Invitational, she also received a bye to start the tournament and then pinned her quarterfinal opponent Nixa’s Abigail Weitzel (6-4) 48 seconds into the match. She was then pinned by Lafayette Wildwood’s Toby Goertz (21-8) in 54 seconds, who also went on to win the 125-pound title of the tournament via pinfall.

This defeat placed Metzger in the third-place match, where she recorded her quickest pin of the invitational at 44 seconds against Seckman’s Tiara Korman (13-13).

Like Milam in the Lady Viking Tournament, Metzger placed third overall there as well after recording four pinfalls for her four victories.

Sanders improved off her Lady Viking Tournaent sixth-place finish by managing to reach the championship semifinals of the Fred Ross Invitational. Haley received a bye in the first round and then beat Seckman’s Madison Clover (17-10) via a 7-2 decision in the quarterfinals.

Sanders then fell to eventual 235-pound runner-up Kamauri Fowler (16-6) of Rockwood Summit by pinfall (0:47) in the semifinals.

In the third-place bout, Sanders fell to Hazelwood East’s Persephone Morrison (9-5) as she was pinned 44 seconds into the first period.

Jackson has the Rockwood Tournament on Friday before suiting up in the annual SEMO Conference Meet on Jan. 19-20. Metzger won an individual conference championship last fall.

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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