LHS girls' wrestling team wins District 3

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Pictured above is the Lebanon High School girls' wrestling team. The 'Jackets were Missouri District 3 champions in the inaugural season of girls' wrestling as a MSHSAA sanctioned sport. Five wrestlers advanced to the State tournament in Columbia on February 14-16, including Quincey Glendenning, Emily Young, Talora Frisbee, Dream Cunningham and Ashlynn Leochner. 

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ALEX BOYER ALEX@LACLEDERECORD.COM

The Lebanon High School girls’ wrestling team made history by winning the inaugural district girls wrestling team title for District 3 at Nixa High School over the weekend.

The ‘Jackets, who have dominated opponents all winter long, finished with 164 team points. Buffalo was the runner-up with 113 points. Lebanon will send five wrestlers to the State tournament on February 14-16 in Columbia after having four individual champions that included Emily Young (110 pounds), Quincey Glendenning (131 pounds), Dream Cunningham (136 pounds) and Talora Frisbee (167 pounds).

With the top three in each weight class advancing to the state tournament, also advancing was junior Ashlynn Leochner who took third-place at 116 pounds.

In an interview with the OZone, head girls’ coach Matt Neely said the following about the district title:

“We have been in girls wrestling for about five years. My oldest daughter Kaeli, we moved here in 2014, she started wrestling, and it morphed from there. We (started getting) more and more girls in our youth program,” Lebanon girls coach Matt Neely said. “It means the world to me. When we moved up here that is what we wanted for girls wrestling to get sanctioned.

“I have watched a lot of these other girls for years having to compete against boys. They did well, but they didn’t stand a chance, so for them to finally get a chance to prove themselves against other girls, I couldn’t ask for anything better.”

The boys’ team will have their district tournaments this Friday and Saturday at Union High School, and the state wrestling tournament will take place on Feb. 14-16 at Mizzou Arena.

The finals will take place starting at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16. The mats for the final will be set up with two boys mats side-by-side on each end with the girls' championship mat being set up in the center Mizzou Arena.

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