jaycee foeller

On Tuesday, from left, State Reps. Elaine Gannon (R-De Soto) and Mike McGirl (R-Potosi) present De Soto sophomore wrestler Jaycee Foeller with a House resolution for her winning the first girls 167-pound wrestling state title. Foeller was joined by De Soto wrestling coach John Brown and athletic/activities director Matt Deaton.

De Soto High School sophomore Jaycee Foeller was honored on the Missouri House Floor Tuesday (Feb. 26) for her historic wrestling achievement.

Foeller capped a perfect 35-0 season by pinning Lafayette sophomore Josette Partney in 3:48 to win the 167-pound championship during the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) girls wrestling championship meet on Feb. 16 at the Mizzou Arena in Columbia.

State representatives Elaine Gannon (R-De Soto) and Mike McGirl (R-Potosi) presented a House resolution to Foeller to recognize her for becoming the first 167-pound female state wrestling champion.

This was the first year MSHSAA sanctioned girls wrestling, and 12 champions were crowned in Columbia.

Lebanon won the first girls title with 87 points. Lafayette was second with 81. De Soto scored 28 points and registered the county’s top finish in 16th. Seckman (13 points, 37th), Northwest (9, 46th), Windsor (4, 56th) and Fox (3, 68th) were the rest of the county teams at state.

Foeller has been a nationally ranked wrestler since winning the 180-pound championship at the U.S. Marine Corps Cadet/Junior Freestyle National Championships in Fargo, ND, last July. She wrestled for the Dragons’ boys last season.