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Jackson girls wrestling takes seventh out of 22 teams at Sherri Lance Tournament

The Jackson girls wrestling team pose after taking seventh place out of 22 teams with only four participants. Pictured from left to right: Freshman Mollie Metzger, senior Gracie Metzger, head coach Cody Rouse, senior Mallorie Metzger and junior Josephine Collins. Submitted photos

Despite only having four participants in Friday’s Sherri Lance Tournament, the Jackson girls wrestling team still managed to come away in the top 10 with a seventh-place finish out of 22 teams.

The Indians scored 64 points to do so and had half of their wrestlers finish on the podium as 120-pound senior Mallorie Metzger (25-2) won her fourth tournament championship of the season.

It was safe to say Metzger came out on top in dominant fashion as she won two of her four matches — including the championship bout — via pinfall. In the 120-pound title match, Mallorie pinned Washington junior Ava Griffey (28-6) to the mat at the five minute, 19-second mark for the win.

Metzger reached the championship final with a 11-1 major decision win over Parkway West senior Ella Childress (18-8) in the semifinals. In the quarterfinals, Mallorie recorded her first pinfall of the tournament as it only took a little over two minutes (2:18) to pin Parkway South freshman Avery Godwin (8-9).

Also placing in the top four of their respective weight class for Jackson was Metzger’s sister 115-pound senior Gracie Metzger (18-5), who took third overall in her weight class.

Metzger’s lone loss of the tournament came to eventual 115-pound champion in Lindbergh junior Audrey Scherer (17-6) via a pinfall in the first period (1:33). Scherer pinned her championship opponent Rockwood Summit junior Chaire Perks (11-5) in the second period (3:02).

Gracie would not come up short in the third-place match, though, as she pinned Park Hills Central junior Taylor Sharp (17-6) 56 seconds into the third and final period.

Metzger received a bye in the first round and beat Parkway South junior Tiana Paul (18-5) by major decision at 13-2 to reach the championship semifinals.

Finishing just outside of the top four was the Metzger’s younger sister freshman Mollie Metzger (14-9) as she finished in fifth place wrestling at 125. The Indians 110-pound junior Josephine Collins also scored points for her team with a seventh-place finish.

Metzger won two of her matches via pinfall with the final being by a 1-0 decision over Parkway West sophomore Lilly Whittenburg (16-10) for fifth place. Mollie pinned North County junior Memory Raker (14-11) at 1:58 in the consolation semifinals to reach the 125-pound fifth-place bout.

Metzger fell to the consolation bracket after losing to Washington junior Kendra Bliss (33-3) during the quarterfinal round via an injury at the 1:20-mark.

Bliss lost in the semifinals to Lafayette junior Toby Goertz (19-7), who fell to Festus senior Lauren Mills (29-0) in the championship match.

All of these Indians will now compete in the SEMO Conference Tournament, which will be held this Friday and Saturday at Cape Central Junior High.

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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