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Jackson wrestling teams each place in top five at tournaments

Last week, the Jackson boys and girls wrestling teams competed in respective tournaments on the road. The boys finished as the runner-ups in the 54th annual Kinloch Classic, while the girls team took fifth overall in the third annual Lady Viking Holiday Tournament.

On top of placing second, the Indians boys team had two wrestlers finish as individual champions in senior 160-pounder Jace Davis (24-2) and junior 195-pounder Tyler Beyatte (21-2).

Even though Beyatte’s final match went into sudden victory, he won his title match the most handedly at 6-1 over Buffalo senior Brock Maverick (20-3).

Davis’ championship final against Ozark junior Brock Sundlie (17-5) didn’t have to go into overtime as Jace secured a 3-1 win through three periods.

The other two wrestlers for the boys team to reach their championship matches were senior heavyweight Liam Bryant (13-1) and sophomore 113-pounder Russell Coy (16-7). They were both pinned to finish as runner-ups in their bracket.

As for the girls team, Jackson junior Mallorie Metzger continued her perfect season by defeating Parkview junior Cherokee White (10-4) via pinfall for the 120-pound Lady Viking Holiday Tournament Championship. This win moves Metzger to 14-0 overall on the year as she’s currenlty the only undefeated wrestler at Jackson — girls or boys.

Metzger’s sister junior Gracie Metzger (12-3) took second in her weight class of 115 pounds as her lone loss was by one point at 10-9.

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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