8 on to sectionals
Lady ‘Cats third in district; 8 of 9 grapplers medal
The Cassville girls wrestling team took nine wrestlers to the District 5 Tournament on Friday and Saturday, and eight of the Lady Wildcats finished in the top four of their respective weight classes.
As a team, Cassville finished third in the 22-team tournament. Lebanon took first with 276 points, having brought the most wrestlers with 14, Marshfield and its 12 grapplers finished second with 144 points, and Cassville’s nine wrestlers were good for third with 126.5 points. Nixa and West Plains brought 10 and 11 wrestlers, respectively, and finished in fourth and fifth.
Annie Moore, wrestling at 112 pounds, was the Lady Wildcats’ top finisher individually, defeating Marshfield’s Rozalyn Richerson by fall in 0:24 to earn the only gold of the tournament for Cassville. She defeated Branson’s Ismell Coello by fall in 0:14 in the quarterfinals and Lebanon’s Adeline Cottongim by technical fall in 6:00 in the semifinals.
Taking silvers for the Lady Wildcats were Kelsey Harris, at 117 pounds, who lost in the final to Lebanon’s Kaylyn Rogers in a 2-1 decision, and Ryleigh Burnette, at 174, who lost in the final to Marshfield’s Kiana Massie by fall in 0:53.
Harris defeated Nixa’s Emily Thomassen by fall in 4:49 in the quarterfinals and Marshfield’s Alliyah Joyner by fall in 1:48 in the semifinals. Burnette defeated Branson’s Savannah Anderson by fall in 3:58 in the quarterfinals and West Plains’ Brynn Watson by fall in 5:59 in the semifinals.
Three Lady Wildcats earned bronze, Kailey Artherton, Hailey Roark and Faith James, and two finished in fourth place, Zoey Stanton and Taylor Glidewell.
At 122, Artherton won her first round match over Seneca’s Louzella Graham by fall in 0:18, then defeated Branson’s Tory Davis in the quarterfinals by fall in 0:53. She fell to Nixa’s Brenya Crahan by fall in 3:42 in the semifinals, then defeated Monett’s Brooke Bluel by fall in 0:34 in the consolation semifinals. To earn the bronze, she topped West Plains’ Natalie Stewart by fall in 0:47.
At 132, Roark bested Marshfield’s Avonlea Bergthold by fall in 2:57 in the quarterfinals, then lost to Branson’s Neah Finkbone by fall in 0:40 in the semifinals. She then topped Seneca’s Maggie Meyer by fall in 0:58 in the consolation semifinal and West Plains’ Lianna Ward by fall in 4:51 to earn third.
At 137, James defeated Monett’s Jersey VanDerhoef by fall in 3:42 in the quarterfinals, then lost to Lebanon’s Dream Cunningham by fall in 1:24 in the semifinals. On the other side of the bracket, she beat West Plains’ Jade Martin in an 8-7 decision, then she secured third place with a win over Marshfield’s Ariaha Mcillwain by fall in 1:00.
At 102, Stanton lost to Lebanon’s McKenzie Gormley by fall in 0:52 in the semifinals, then lost to McDonald County’s Jaslyn Benhumea by fall in 1:16 to take fourth.
At 235, Glidewell lost to Marshfield’s Leanna Merrell by fall in 0:52 in the semifinals, then lost to West Plains’ Akasha Davis by fall in 2:14 to get fourth.
Brandy Creason, wrestling at 107, saw her season end last week with a loss to Abigail Jastal by fall in 0:16 in the quarterfinals, then a loss to Willard’s Brookelynn Creek by fall in 0:50 in the consolation quarterfinals.
The eight Lady Wildcats finishing in first through fourth will go on to the sectional tournament in Harrisonville on Feb. 20.