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Kahok Girl Grapplers Have Solid Showing at Lafayette

By Mark Jurgena

COLLINSVILLE — At the Fred Ross Invitational at Wildwood, Mo. (Lafayette) the Collinsville girls wrestling team had another successful meet with a weight class winner and a pair of third place finishes.

Taylor Dawson continued her season with three more wins to raise her record to 29-0 on the season at 130 pounds.

She pinned Zoe Thomas of Imperial, Mo. (Seckman) then pinned Lily Whittenburg of Ballwin, Mo. (Parkway West) at the 3:18 mark.

Dawson won her sixth tournament of the season after she won by a tech fall over Jossie Hopkins of St. Clair, Mo. by a 19-4 count.

At 135 pounds Leann Cory of Collinsville improved her season record to 19-5. She started her tournament with a pin of Olivia Vickers from Seckman in 21 seconds.

In the quarterfinals, Cory knocked off Josephine Crowley of St. Louis (Lindbergh) by a pinfall at 1:44.

She dropped her semifinal match to Lafayette’s Maddie Johnson by pin at 2:59. Johnson won the weight class championship.

In the third-place contest, she outpointed Taya Stanford of Manchester (Parkway South) 8-5.

“LeAnn, she’s a freshman so I’m still trying to learn her wrestling style but she’s tough as nails,” said CHS coach Jordan May. “She’s very aggressive in all of her matches and has placed top three in all of our tournaments this year. That gives me really high hopes for out future in this program.”

In the 170-pound class, Hannah Jones of Collinsville also took third place.

She beat Macy Naes of St. Clair by pin at 1:31 then beat Katy Wilson of Nixa, Mo. by a pin at 3:06.

Jones fell in the semifinals to eventual weight class champion Jacida Kirk of Rockwood, Mo. (Summit) by a 9-4 decision.

In the third-place match, she beat Elizabeth Williams of Lindbergh by a 4-2 count.

“She went up to 170 this year to see how tough that weight class was compared to 155 last year,” said May. “She’s doing very well, she’s doing a lot better than she was last year. She is outsized but is wrestling these girls very tough. She is a lot faster than them and her technique is a lot better than last year.”

Upcoming Schedule

The girls were at the 618 Invite in Edwardsville Tuesday night however results were unavailable at press time. On Jan. 27 they are at the Seckman Jaguar Women’s Invite.

Boys results

The boys dropped dual meets against Alton, Belleville East and Belleville West.

“We still wrestled some tough matches and gave up some points we shouldn’t have but overall our boys wrestled hard,” said May. “I’m happy with our performance, I’m obviously not happy about losing. There are still some things we need to work on to keep improving and keep building this program up. We’re not going to get discouraged.”

Upcoming Schedule

The boys host East St. Louis, Cahokia and Highland on Thursday then turn around the next night at Waterloo for a quad with Triad, Murphysboro and the host school.

Saturday they are at the Mt. Vernon Invite.

Wednesday they travel to Roxana.

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