By Mark Jurgena
Last weekend the Collinsville girls wrestlers took part in the Seckman Women’s Invitational in Imperial, Mo.
In the 130-pound “A” class, Kahok Taylor Dawson took home the individual crown, recording three pins in four bouts.
To open the tourney she beat Talia Lee of Webster Groves, Mo. by pinfall at 2:55 then beat Katlynn Lay from Ste. Genevieve, Mo. on a pin at 3:00.
In her third match, she outpointed Eddyson Reeves of Herculaneum, Mo. 7-1. Reeves finished the tourney with a 27-1 record for the season.
To win the title she pinned Sadie Sehnert of Wright City, Mo. in 55 seconds.
“She really impressed me that day,” said CHS coach Jordan May. “She opened up a lot more than what she usually has been doing. She likes to stay with the moves that she has been doing, the moves she knows she’s going to be good at. But this tournament she really opened up and proved to herself that she has a lot more in her arsenal than what she believes she has.
“She did a phenomenal job.”
Dawson’s record is 26-4 on the season and is ranked #3 in the 130-pound weight class in Illinois.
Hannah Jones pinned her way to the title in the 145-pound “C” classification.
She started with a pin of Jerrica Cervantes of Lemay, Mo. (Hancock) in 21 seconds then pinned Karina Smith from Webster Groves at 1:56.
Jones won her third match in 24 seconds over Martha Kranstanoff of Park Hills, Mo. (Central) before taking the title with a pin over Katherine Shaw of Town & Country, Mo. (Westminster Christian Academy) at the 1:07 mark.
Jones is 11-7 overall this season.
Emma Ford came in 2nd place in the 115-pound “B” class.
She beat Star Skinner-Ward of Affton, Mo. by a pin at 3:17 then fell to Taylor Sharp from Park Hills (Central). Sharp is 23-9 on the season.
In her final match, she beat Lucy Ullery of Wentzville, Mo. (North Point) by a pin in 56 seconds.
Ford is 13-10 on the season.
Tashieya Taylor of Collinsville won the 155-pound “C” class.
Her tournament began with a pin over Anna Carlin of Owensville, Mo. in 48 seconds and continued with a ridiculously fast pinfall over Serenity Styles of Affton, Mo. in five, yes five seconds.
In her third match, she got the best of Caitlyn McCoy from St. Charles, Mo. at the 35-second mark.
Her 3-0 record put her in the championship bracket where she beat Gil Raisner from Edwardsville at the 1:15 mark.
Finally, in the first place match, she beat McCoy again via pinfall at the 1:17 mark.
Taylor is 9-13 on the season.
Alanni Torres of CHS took 4th place at 140 pounds in the “A-B” class.
She picked up a win on the day.
Torres beat Sara Sehnert of Wright City by pinfall at 1:50 and is 11-8 on the season.