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Jackson wrestling has three earn all-state; Metzger and Notre Dame’s Steimle make history

Senior Mallorie Metzger, pictured second from right, became the first Jackson girls wrestler to ever earn all-state by taking fourth place in the Class 2 120-pound weight class. Submitted photos

Last week at Mizzou Arena, the Jackson and Notre Dame boys and girls wrestling programs had a combined total of 16 wrestlers compete in this year’s state championship tournaments.

Only four of those wrestlers finished in the top six of their respective weight class, though, to come away as an all-state medalist for the 2022-23 campaign.

Two of these grapplers made school history as Jackson senior Mallorie Metzger and Notre Dame senior Emma Steimle became the first all-state recipients for their programs.

Metzger (36-4) did so by taking fourth overall at 120 pounds in the Class 2 State Tournament, where she finished one win away from reaching the state championship match.

Mallorie fell in her semifinal match to eventual 120-pound state runner-up junior Julia Breeden (27-5) of Liberty, who lost in the state title bout by one point, 3-2, to Park Hill sophomore Allison Gonier (40-3).

Reaching the championship semifinals solidified a spot for Metzger as an all-state medalist, but she was able to reach the third-place match after pinning Holt senior Lily Steigerwald (31-6) with 25 seconds left in the first period of the consolation semifinals.

Metzger ended up falling in her final match as a Jackson Indian for third place at 120 to Winnetonka senior Madison Leverknight (36-6) by just two points via a 7-5 decision. Mallorie finishes her high school career as not only the girls program’s first all-state medalist, but she was also Jackson’s first two-time state qualifier and two-time district champion.

As for Notre Dame’s Steimle (23-5), she took fifth place at 190 pounds in the Class 1 State Tournament. Emma was unable to reach the championship semifinals like Metzger, but she won in rounds two and three of wrestlebacks to earn herself a spot on the podium.

Steimle fell to the Class 1 190 runner-up Tipton senior Lily Burns (45-3) in the quarterfinals, who fell to Seneca junior Isabella Renfro (47-0) by a 8-2 decision for the state championship.

In the consolation bracket, Steimle won both of her first two matches via pinfall to secure an all-state finish. Emma first pinned St. Pius X senior Sophia Meyer (16-6) 17 seconds into the second period.

Steimle followed that up with another second-round pin over Holden senior Aubree Castaneda (30-8) with 11 seconds left until what would have been the third and final period.

Emma was then pinned by Class 1 District 1 Champion North County senior Brooke Burnett (30-5), who took third place, in the consolation semifinals.

In her final match at Notre Dame, Steimle pinned Jefferson City sophomore Kyla Finney (44-16) to become the first Bulldog to ever earn all-state honors. Emma was also Notre Dame’s first-ever all-state qualifier.

Moving to the boys state tournaments, Jackson sent a total of eight to the Class 4 State Tournament and had two of them garner all-state honors in their respective weight classes.

One of these Indians even reached their state championship match in 215-pound senior Tyler Beyatte (40-4), who became a two-time district and SEMO Conference Champion prior to the state tournament.

Beyatte won all of his matches leading up to the state title bout by two points or less. Tyler faced off against Nixa junior Brennan Carey (46-6) for the Class 4 215 Pound State Championship, where he ultimately fell by a 5-1 decision.

Beyatte was the first Jackson wrestler to reach a state championship match since 2013 when former Indian Jarrett Reisenbichler took second place as well. The last wrestler for Jackson to win an individual state title was Blake Peiffer in 2009.

Also reaching the championship semifinals for Jackson was 113-pound junior Landon Vassalli (37-6), who ended up taking fifth overall in his weight class to become a two-time all-state medalist.

Vassalli lost to eventual Class 4 State Champion Hickman sophomore Hank Benter (46-1) by only two points in the semifinal round at 2-0. Benter beat Liberty sophomore Devon Harrison (37-7) by four points at 8-4 to win the state title.

In the consolation semifinal, Landon’s bout went into overtime as he ended up falling to Ozark sophomore Damie Moseley (44-9) by just one point in a 2-1 tiebreaker. Vassalli won his final match of the winter, though, with a 9-3 decision over Grain Valley freshman Zachary Bleess (37-10) to take fifth overall.

Finishing one way away from also earning a spot on the all-state podium was 285-pound senior Noah Gibson (28-12), who fell to eventual Class 4 State Champion in Liberty North sophomore Elmotie Williams (44-5) in the quarterfinals.

After pinning his opponent in the second round of consolation, Gibson fell to Ozark senior Peyton Greer (40-17) by a 1-0 decision for his career to come to an end.

Out of the four Notre Dame boys wrestlers to qualify for the Class 1 State Tournament, 215-pound junior Charlie West (17-6) finished the closest to earning all-state by reaching the third round of the consolation bracket.

West only lost by three points to West Platte senior Lane Scott (35-7) at 7-4 to finish one win shy of earning all-state. Scott took fifth overall in their weight class.

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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