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Clinton takes third place at very first River Queen Dual Tournament

Jan. 8—CLINTON — For the first time in school history, the Clinton River Queens hosted a duals tournament, a different style from your typical tournament.

"We started preparing for this at the end of last season and we wanted to do a dual format because the girls don't have a lot of duals. If you want to build fans, you want your team wrestling together," Clinton head coach Dylan Schneeberger said. "It's something different which I think is good."

Although the River Queens expected to have a total of eight teams in attendance, two teams had to drop out due to a referee shortage. Instead, the River Queens welcomed Erie, Davenport, Muscatine, Cascade and Iowa City Liberty.

"The referee shortage is state wide. There's just not enough, especially now with a girls and boys division," Schneeberger said. "We're just happy that we could put this on."

Cascade, Muscatine and Iowa City Liberty were in a pool and the River Queens had Erie and Davenport who is a co-oped program with Davenport Central, North and West.

Clinton started the day against Erie at 9 a.m., earning seven wins by forfeit which in itself gave them the team victory.

Sophomore Akemah McClendon earned a win over Erie's Samantha Kilker at 110 pounds, winning by fall in 5 minutes. Lauren Whitney picked up the other win for Clinton at 140 pounds to cap off the first match. Clinton won 51-21.

"The forfeits bailed us out but Erie is a tough team. We didn't wrestle our best and we just came out kind of slow," Schneeberger said. "We went back and told them to reset,"

The River Queens then took on Davenport, trading wins in the first two matches as Callia Logan tied things up with a win at 115 pounds. Davenport won the next four, two by forfeit and two by fall.

Whitney got the River Queens three points with an 8-2 win by decision over Davenport's Soulie Weeks. However, Clinton had to forfeit 145 pounds and trailed 36-9.

Clinton battled back, earning wins by fall from Kendie Huizenga, Jordyn Klinkhammer and Cambrie McLoyd. They then picked up wins by forfeit at 235 pounds and 100 pounds to take the lead 39-36.

McClendon took the mat for the River Queens to cap off the dual. She found herself up 10-3 in the final match but Davenport's Jacey Mason flipped the script and pinned McClendon's should blades to the mat for the victory in 5:35. Davenport won 42-39 and moved on to the championship match.

Davenport went on to take second place after falling to Iowa City Liberty 54-30.

Clinton finished the day with another tight match, taking on Muscatine in the third place match.

The River Queens started with three wins by forfeit before Muscatine got two wins by forfeit of their own. Whitney earned her third win of the day, pinning Muscatine's Clare Oldfield in 1:51 to make it 24-12.

Muscatine earned another forfeit win and a win by fall to knot things up at 24. Jordyn Klinkhammer earned another clutch win by fall, this time in 53 seconds. Clinton then earned two more wins by forfeit to clinch a criteria win.

Muscatine did go on to win the next three matches by fall to tie things at 42 but Clinton got the win on Criteria.

Clinton is now 4-2 on the season and their year is nearing it's end as they have regionals on Friday, Jan. 26.

"We're looking at a few more weeks and then it's go time." Schneeberger said. "It's important today but big picture, January 26th is what we're focused on."