Girls Wrestling: Capital City qualifies pair for state tournament

WENTZVILLE -- Carmen Hill and Aubrey Kempker both qualified for the state wrestling championships with top-four finishes to lead the Capital City Lady Cavaliers in the Class 2 District 2 Tournament held Friday and Saturday at North Point High School.

Hill and Kempker are the second and third state qualifiers in Lady Cavalier program history, joining Jacinda Espinosa, a two-time state medalist in 2022 and 2023. Hill and Kempker will wrestle in the Class 2 state tournament Feb. 23-24 at Mizzou Arena.

Hill placed third at 130 pounds in the district tournament with a 4-1 record. Hill won her first two matches by second-period pin, lost a 7-5 decision to North Point’s Ayamba Abunaw in the semifinals and won a 7-2 decision in the bubble round to clinch a state berth.

Hill then won by fall in 2:14 against Hazelwood East’s Tamara Dixon in the third-place match.

Kempker posted a 3-2 record to place fourth at 100. After losing in the first round to Jefferson City’s Makinze Hayes, Kempker had to win three consecutive matches in the wrestlebacks to advance to state, pulling out a 4-3 win against Pattonville’s Aleeya Thompson in the bubble round.

Kempker lost by fall to Battle’s Gabby Cedeno in the third-place match.

Maci Albright lost in the bubble round, finishing with a 1-2 record and one win by fall at 120 for the Lady Cavaliers.

Other wrestlers for Capital City were Athena Anderson (2-2 record and two wins by fall at 140), Karley Vanderslice (2-2 record and two pins at 155), Addison Bernskoetter (0-2 record at 110), Shannon Segall (0-2 record at 115) and Skyler Jones (0-2 record at 170).

Capital City took 13th place out of 22 teams in the district standings with 45 points. Francis Howell Central won the district title with 213 points and Francis Howell was district runner-up with 126 points.