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Versailles' May advances to title match in girls state wrestling tournament

Versailles' May advances to title match in girls state wrestling tournament

February 16th, 2019 by News Tribune in Sports Prep

COLUMBIA — Versailles junior Alana May is one win from capturing a state title in the Class 1 girls wrestling state championships at Mizzou Arena.

May secured a spot in the championship Friday with a win by fall in 1:24 against Smithville's Malia Pak in the semifinals at 235 pounds.

May (18-1), who entered the state tournament ranked No. 3, will face second-ranked Lexie Cole (28-2) of Kearney for the title.

Championship matches will begin at 4 p.m. today, but 235 will be the last of the 12 classes to wrestle.

School of the Osage junior Abbey Cordia needs one win today to receive a state medal.

Cordia began the day with a 6-3 win against Fort Zumwalt West's Jessie Deane in the second-round wrestlebacks at 131. Later in the evening, she locked up a state medal with a 6-2 win against Fort Zumwalt North's Zoe Santa Cruz in the third-round wrestlebacks.

Cordia (19-2), the top-ranked wrestler in the state in her weight class, will face Marceline's Baylee Jobson (10-2) in the fourth-round wrestlebacks, which begin at 8:30 a.m. today. The winner of that match is guaranteed a state medal, as only the top four finishers in girls wrestling receive medals at state.

The remaining three area state wrestlers posted 1-1 finishes Friday.

Tipton sophomore Jadelyn Woolery won by fall in 4:53 against St. Joseph Lafayette's Shar Whitten in the second-round wrestlebacks at 121, but she dropped a 10-2 decision to Seckman's Corrine McClure in the next round. Woolery finished the season with a 20-8 record.

Osage sophomore Alana Douglas won a 10-4 decision against Rock Bridge's Anna Stephens at 126, then lost 3-1 to Francis Howell's Emily Eberwine to end the season with a 15-4 record.

Versailles junior Bethany Howard won by fall in 1:19 against Poplar Bluff's Paige Earls at 136. Her season ended with a loss by fall in 4:28 to Nevada's Lotus Van Dyk, giving her a season record of 18-8.