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Kayleigh Milam racks up top awards at Jackson girls wrestling banquet

Sophomore Kayleigh Milam earned the Most Outstanding and Iron Lady awards at the Jackson girls wrestling team’s end of the year banquet. Pictured from left to right: Kayleigh Milam, junior Haley Sanders, senior Josephine Collins and sophomore Mollie Metzger. Submitted photo

Following a historic campaign for Jackson sophomore Kayleigh Milam, she took home the Indians girls wrestling program’s top two awards at the end of the year banquet. Kayleigh not only earned the title of Most Outstanding, but she also won the Iron Lady Award for the 2023-24 season.

This should come to no surprise to anyone after Milam led Jackson in all major categories this winter, which included most team points, most pins, best record, most takedowns and most wins.

Along with that, Milam made school history by becoming the fifth Indian in program history to qualify for the annual state tournament. Kayleigh also won her first-ever SEMO Conference Championship, finishing with an overall record of 32-12 at 110 pounds.

Milam’s 32 wins ranks second all-time in Jackson girls wrestling history behind 2023 graduate Mallorie Metzger’s mark of 40, which she recorded her senior season after taking fourth place at 120 pounds in last year’s state tournament.

Milam and Metzger are the only two wrestlers in program history to record 30 wins or more in one season as Mallorie also has the most career wins for the Indians with 89, which is certainly a record that Kayleigh could break before she graduates from Jackson.

Also bringing home awards for the Indians girls wrestling squad were senior Josephine Collins (Most Inspirational), junior Haley Sanders (Most Improved) and sophomore Mollie Metzger (Team Captain).

Mollie Metzger finished with the second-best record behind Milam at 23-14 overall as she was unable to compete in the district tournament due to a season-ending injury. Sanders finished 13-19 as the Indians return all three of these wrestlers next season.

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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