Monett crowns 2 conference champs

Saturday, January 22, 2022
Monett’s Mary Jastal works her way to a pin of Nevada’s Averi Dawn in her final match at the Big 8 Tournament Wednesday. Jastal took first place at 100 pounds. Kyle Troutman/

Jastal, Hinojosa Martinez shine at Big 8 Tournament

On their home mats on Wednesday, two Monett girls wrestlers grappled their way to their first taste of Big 8 hardware.

Freshman Mary Jastal, wrestling at 100 pounds, and sophomore Emily Hinojosa Martinez, at 159 pounds, both took home golds this week, with teammates Ashley Montelongo and Jazmin Garrett earning silvers. Brooke Bluel and Rylee Poole won bronze medals, and Brittany Hickerson and Jenna Spencer settled for fifth-place finishes.

Monett’s Emily Hinojosa Martinez scrambles for position in a match against Marshfield’s Trinity Lesser. Due to her 48-second pin in her first match, Hinojosa Martinez won first place at the Big 8 Tournament. Kyle Troutman/

In the 8-team event, not including three schools’ junior varsity participants, the Lady Cubs took fifth place with 102 points. Marshfield won the event 197 points, Cassville was second with 162, Nevada third with 122 and Seneca fourth with 106.

Jastal and Hinojosa Martinez each had just two other competitors in their brackets. Jastal won her opening match over Marshfield’s Briana Dockery, getting a nearfall and takedown before pinning her opponent in 1:28. In her second match against Nevada’s Averi Dawn, Jastal scored takedowns in the first and second rounds before mustering a pin at 1:42.

Hinojosa Martinez’s three-woman bracket was a little more muddy. The Monett grappler defeated Reeds Spring’s Alexis Harris by pin in 48 seconds. In her second match, she was leading Marshfield’s Trinity Lesser 5-4, but a misstep put her on a back and she was pinned in 1:48. In the final matchup between Lesser and Harris, the Lady Wolf picked up the win by pin in 1:30, making the round robin even at 1-1 apiece, and all by pin. Hinojosa Martinez was awarded first place because her pin time was the fastest of the three.

Monett’s Brittany Hickerson holds on for a pin of Cassville’s Scotlyn Richardson in 3:16. Hickerson took fifth place at the Big 8 Tournament. Kyle Troutman/

Montelongo, at 105 pounds, had a larger bracket, facing four total wrestlers. She won her first three matches by fall, but she met a tough customer in the de facto championship, Marshfield’s Josselyn Yates. She fell behind 3-0 and was pinned at 5:07 to take the silver.

Garrett, at 120 pounds, had a similar path with three opponents. She pinned her first two, both from Logan-Rogersville, in 3:25 and 1:02. This set her up for another de facto championship, facing Cassville’s Kailey Artherton, a 2021 state qualifier. The Lady Wildcat scored a takedown and finished the match with a pin at 46 seconds.

Full results from the tournament include:

Monett’s Jazmin Garrett pins Jayden Marlette, of Logan-Rogersville, in a match at the Big 8 Tournament Wednesday. Garrett took second in her weight class. Kyle Troutman/

100: Round 2 - Mary Jastal (Monett) over Bianca Dockery (Marshfield) (fall, 1:28)

100: Round 3 - Mary Jastal (Monett) over Averi Dawn (Nevada) (fall, 2:42)

105: Round 1 - Ashley Montelongo (Monett) over McKenzie Callaghan (Nevada) (fall, 1:26)

Monett’s Ashley Montelongo turned a trip into a takedown in her match against Aurora’s Aubrey Simpson, converting the move into a pin for her third win of the day. Montelongo took second at the event. Kyle Troutman/

105: Round 2 - Ashley Montelongo (Monett) over Jhandi Shears (Cassville) (fall, 2:40)

105: Round 4 - Ashley Montelongo (Monett) over Aubrey Simpson (Aurora) (fall, 1:12)

105: Round 5 - Josselynn Yates (Marshfield) over Ashley Montelongo (Monett) (fall, 5:07)

Monett’s Brooke Bluel runs on Seneca’s Britany Adcock, a match she ultimately lost by pin in 5:28. Bluel took third at the Big 8 Tournament Wednesday. Kyle Troutman/

115: Round 1 - Alyxandrea Keifert (Marshfield) over Jenna Spencer (Monett) (fall, 1:30)

115: Round 2 - Annie Moore (Cassville) over Jenna Spencer (Monett) (fall, 0:43)

115: Round 3 - Sydnee Baldwin (Nevada) over Jenna Spencer (Monett) (fall, 2:55)

115: Round 4 - Louzella Graham (Seneca) over Jenna Spencer (Monett) (fall, 2:59)

120: Round 1 - Jazmin Garrett (Monett) over Gabbie Bybee (Logan-Rogersville) (fall, 3:25)

120: Round 2 - Jazmin Garrett (Monett) over Jayden Marlette (Logan-Rogersville) (fall, 1:02)

120: Round 3 - Kailey Artherton (Cassville) over Jazmin Garrett (Monett) (fall, 0:46)

125: Round 1 - Alissa Hughey (Marshfield) over Brooke Bluel (Monett) (fall, 1:07)

125: Round 2 - Britany Adcock (Seneca) over Brooke Bluel (Monett) (fall, 5:28)

125: Round 3 - Brooke Bluel (Monett) over Addie Bybee (Logan-Rogersville) (fall, 1:55)

135: Round 1 - Teresa Dawn (Nevada) over Brittany Hickerson (Monett) (fall, 4:54)

135: Round 2 - Macie James (Marshfield) over Brittany Hickerson (Monett) (decision, 6-5)

135: Round 3 - Liberty Cornell (Seneca) over Brittany Hickerson (Monett) (fall, 1:13)

135: Round 4 - Faith James (Cassville) over Brittany Hickerson (Monett) (fall, 0:19)

135: Round 5 - Brittany Hickerson (Monett) over Scotlyn Richardson (Cassville) (fall, 3:16)

159: Round 1 - Emily Hinojosa Martinez (Monett) over Alexis `Lexi` Harris (Reeds Spring) (fall, 0:48)

159: Round 2 - Trinity Lesser (Marshfield) over Emily Hinojosa Martinez (Monett) (fall, 1:48)

174: Round 1 - Gisel Aragon (McDonald County) over Rylee Poole (Monett) (fall, 2:16)

174: Round 2 - Isabella Renfro (Seneca) over Rylee Poole (Monett) (fall, 2:29)

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