By Mark Jurgena
Over the Holiday break, the Collinsville girls wrestling team found their way to Jacksonville for the Crimson Ladies Holiday Invite on Dec. 28.
CHS Sophomore Taylor Dawson led the way with another championship at 130 pounds.
She beat Avery Schlickman Gibson City (Melvin-Sibley) by a 15-0 tech fall in the title bout. She pinned Aubrianna Putman of Canton in the semifinals at the 1:13 mark.
Dawson scored another tech fall in the second round with a 20-4 win over Vivian Guither of Normal (West). She pinned Jill Whitacre of Decatur (Eisenhower) at 2:47 in her opening matchup.
Hannah Jones returned to the lineup at 155 pounds and took sixth place.
She fell in the fifth place match to Heaven Workman of Auburn via pinfall to finish her tourney at 3-2.
Jones began the tourney with a pin of Melissa Bell from Hillsboro at 3:06 before being pinned by Sifa Feruzi of Macomb.
She returned to pin her teammate Tashieya Taylor at the 3:25 mark and Madison Teriet of Mt. Vernon at 1:51.
“Hannah Jones came back after injury and wrestled her way to sixth place,” said CHS coach Jordan May. “She did a really good job of showing resiliency and her will to overcome the injury and come back and wrestle hard.”
Taylor went 1-2 at the tourney including a 29-second pin of Liliana Lonescu from Cicero Berwyn-Morton.
Emma Ford began the tourney with a pin over Kary Mena of Schaumberg in 45 seconds. She dropped her final two matches of the tourney.
The Wonder Woman
One day after her success at Jacksonville, May took Dawson to Columbia, Mo. for the prestigious two-day competition dubbed The Wonder Woman at Battle High School in Columbia.
She went 5-2 at the competition. On the first day she went 4-0.
“She took fifth place out of 49 girls and it was a 54-woman bracket,” said May. “She wrestled really hard and had a very good day. I think she’s extremely motivated to come back next year and win that tournament.”
Dawson lost to the runner-up in the 125 pound class, Halea Bartel of Lebanon, Mo.