By Mark Jurgena
COLLINSVILLE — Collinsville girls wrestlers Taylor Dawson and LeAnn Cory qualified for this weekend’s state final tournament in Bloomington thanks to their performances at the Peoria (Richwoods) Sectional over the weekend.
Unfortunately despite their best efforts, Hannah Jones and Emma Ford just couldn’t quite qualify.
“The girls showed their love and passion for the sport this past weekend,” said coach Brandon Fisher. “All in all we had some ups and downs this weekend but I am very proud of all of these young ladies.”
Dawson raised her record to 44-0 on the season with three pins in the 130-pound class at the sectional.
She opened up with a pin of Maddie Wells of St. Joseph-Ogden at 2:12 before pinning Isabella Motteler of Peoria (Richwoods) in the semifinals by pin at 4:30.
In the championship match, she beat Karen Canchola of Morton at the 1:36 mark. It was Canchola’s first loss of the season.
“Taylor Dawson came out in dominant fashion and pinned her way to become a Sectional champion for the second time in a row,” said Fisher. “Taylor is one of the hardest working athletes I’ve seen and she has so much love for wrestling that it shows in her performance.”
Cory finished in fourth place at the sectional after going 2-2 in Peoria. Her record is 30-9 overall at the 135-pound class.
She received a bye in the opening round before beating Emerson Barrett of Paris 13-6. In the semifinals she lost by pin at 43 seconds to Jordan Bicknell of Stanford (Olympia).
In the wrestle backs, she beat Audrey Barnes of Granite City in a 17-0 major decision. She fell in her third place match to Natalie Beaumont of Toledo (Cumberland) 6-4.
“LeAnn Cory ended with the fourth place medal,” began Fisher. “This means she’s a state qualifier as a freshman. What’s impressive about LeAnn’s performance this weekend was the growth she displayed. She tech falled a girl in the blood round who she won against in overtime at regionals.”
Jones went 3-2 in the 170-pound class at the sectional and ended the season with a 28-11 mark.
She opened with a pin of Alexis Bow of Clinton at the 2:29 mark before being pinned by Heaven Workman of Auburn at 4:23.
Jones opened the consolation bracket with a medical forfeit over Anna Dodson of Salem before beating Liberty McBride of Goreville by a 7-3 count.
She dropped her last match to Summer Nichols of Toledo (Cumberland) by a 14-3 count.
“Hannah Jones had a heartbreaking loss in the blood round despite leaving it all on the mat,” Fisher said. “Hannah is the type of kid that any coach would be proud to have on their team, she does all the right things including working very hard. I’ve got no doubt in my mind that Hannah is going to continue to make us proud along with the rest of our country by becoming one heck of a Marine.”
Ford was beaten by Isabella Resendez of Chatham (Glenwood) and Anna Miloncus of Springfield High in the 125-pound class. She ended her season at 16-13.
“Emma Ford wrestled tough but just fell short in the blood round of the very competitive 125lb weight class,” Fisher said.