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The Jefferson City Lady Jays made the most of their first dual competition in the program's young history.

Jefferson City began the 2019-20 season Tuesday with a 42-18 victory against the Sedalia Smith-Cotton Tigers at Lewis and Clark Middle School.

"They made history," Lady Jays head coach Phil Cagle said. "I'm really proud of them."

Makayla Wallenmeyer suffered a pin in the opening match of the dual at 110 pounds, but Jadyn Scott of the Lady Jays brought the crowd to its feet when she won by fall in 1:34 against Smith-Cotton's Salah Nettekoven.

"It was like that the other night at the Red and Black Scrimmage," Cagle said. "It's fun to see that type of excitement."

Maya Wood (125), Zoey Mzeru (130) and Autumn Carroll (135) each won by forfeit to put the Lady Jays ahead 24-6. Abby Zimmerman also won by forfeit at 152.

Vanessa Guevara and Whitney Nale recorded first-period pins at 142 and 166, respectively, to extend the lead to 42-6 and clinch the Lady Jays' first dual win.

Ezinne Opara lost by fall at 187 to Smith-Cotton's Kali Butts, but she scored a takedown just five seconds into the match.

"She wrestled a state qualifier from last year," Cagle said of Opara. "She did a good job, she just made a mistake and got caught."

The Lady Jays were open at 235.

Jefferson City has 14 girls on its roster, allowing for an opportunity to compete in duals this season, something that wasn't an option last year with just one wrestler.

"They're inexperienced, but they're aggressive and they're learning moves," Cagle said. " They have no fear."

Cagle said Celeste Cash, the team's only wrestler last season, will not be able to compete this year due to a knee injury.

The Lady Jays (1-0) will host a dual next Tuesday against Lebanon, which won the state championship last season.

"These girls are going to have a heck of a story to tell their children and their grandchildren," Cagle said.

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