COLUMBIA — An eye-opening experience.
That is what Zach Bollmann’s Owensville Dutchgirl wrestlers got last week during the Wonder Woman Wrestling Tournament at Columbia’s Battle …
COLUMBIA — An eye-opening experience.
That is what Zach Bollmann’s Owensville Dutchgirl wrestlers got last week during the Wonder Woman Wrestling Tournament at Columbia’s Battle High School.
With nearly 700 wrestlers from multiple states, all seven Dutchgirl grapplers gained valuable experience in a tournament that saw state qualifiers from Missouri and surrounding states.
Leading the way in Columbia was sophomore Bailee Dare placing fifth out of 44 wrestlers at 170 pounds.
Drawing a first-round bye, Dare’s next two opponents shared the same school colors as Owensville in Waynesville’s Mckenzie Moffet and Kirksville’s Madisynn Crawford.
Pinning Moffet in 1:31 and Crawford in 4:11, Dare advanced to the quarterfinals and a match up against Oak Park’s Nevaeh Wardlow.
Pinned in 1:27 by Wardlow, Dare was sent to the consolation side of the bracket to start day two of the Wonder Women last Friday.
Wardlow went on to place fourth in the tournament at 170 pounds.
Sitting one win shy of the top eight and a medal, Dare pinned Rolla’s Delaney Miller in 1:22 to guarantee herself no worse than an eighth-place finish.
Pinning Lebanon’s Kalyn Brumley in :28, the Dutchgirl sophomore was now within a win of the third-place match at 170 pounds.
Matched up against Kearney’s Hailey Romero, Dare was pinned by the Bulldog grappler in 1:53 sending her to the fifth-place match against Lafayette’s (Wildwood) Jayla Jones.
Midway through the second period, Dare secured her fifth-place finish with a win by fall in 3:33.
Romero went on to place third at 170 pounds.
Senior Josie Gerlemann nearly joined Dare as a tournament medalist at 155 pounds for the Dutchgirls.
Matched up against Washington’s Maggie Ortmann in round one, Gerlemann gained control of the match in the second period before pinning the Blue Jay grappler in 3:58.
Awaiting Gerlemann in the second round was Marquette’s Rebecca Strong.
Pinned midway through the first period in 1:19, Gerlemann was sent to the consolation side of the bracket early in day one.
Strong went on to place third in the tournament at 155 pounds.
Gerlemann’s next two matches combined to last for just over one minute of wrestling.
In her second-round consolation bout, the Dutchgirl senior pinned Smithville’s Adalee Picket in :39 before pinning Hickman’s (Columbia) Lyla Eversole in :29 for the second time this season after recording a win by fall at the Noel Tough as Nails Tournament in Rolla earlier this season.
Her next two matches went into the second period.
Round four of consolation bracket action saw Gerlemann pin Raymore-Peculiar’s (Ray-Pec) Brynn Elkins in 3:37 before she pinned Southern Boone’s Addy Pasley in 3:43.
Now one match away from a guaranteed top-eight finish, Gerlemann was matched up against Marshfield’s Trinity Lesser.
Near the end of the first period, Gerlemann’s hopes of a top-eight finish were dashed when the Blue Jay grappler pinned her in 1:28.
Lesser ended up placing eighth at 155 pounds.
Two more Dutchgirl grapplers made it to the fifth-round of the consolation bracket before being eliminated.
At 120 pounds, Elizabeth Adams bounced back from a loss by fall to Matanzas’ Christina Borgmann in 2:55 with wins by fall over Francis Howell Central’s Stevie Lupo (4:00), Hillsboro’s Heaven Webb (3:24) and Rolla’s Gracie Clayton (1:08).
Nixa’s Mylee Harper eliminated Adams in the sixth round of wrestlebacks with a win by fall in 1:21.
Borgmann ended up placing fourth at 120 pounds.
McKenzy Echols won her first two matches by fall over Lafayette’s (Wildwood) Mya Anspach and Oak Park’s Liliana Smith (3:10) before Park Hill South’s Maddie Kubicki pinned Echols in 1:09 sending her to the consolation side of the bracket at 145 pounds.
Kubicki went on to place first at 145 pounds.
Echols’ tournament ended with a loss by fall in 3:51 to Liberty North’s Naudia Fuimaono.
Drawing a pair of byes throughout day one of the tournament, Carly Brown was eliminated at 125 pounds after a loss by fall in 1:20 to Rolla’s Vittoria Wiley.
Addison Hankins pinned Brown in :56 during round two on the championship side of the bracket before going on to place third.
Jenna Vandegriffe made it to round three of the championship side of the bracket before being pinned in :21 by St. Charles’ Alyssa King who went on to place fourth in the tournament at 105 pounds.
Kelby Schoenfeld rounded out the contingency of Dutchgirls at 190 pounds being eliminated by fall in 3:19 by Nixa’s Jessie Nelson during the second round of wrestlebacks.
Lebanon’s Mariyah Brumley pinned Schoenfeld in 1:16 during the second round of the championship bracket before going on to place fourth in the tournament.
Bollmann’s Dutchgirls will return to action Friday at the Capital City Girls Wrestling Tournament before competing in the annual Four Rivers Conference (FRC) Tournament at St. Clair High School beginning at 1:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Jan. 10.
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