The wrestling season ended in Missouri back in February. Shortly after that, the Missouri High School Athletic Association announced that there will be a separate girls season and championship next year.
The Seeley sisters, who are both going to be juniors at Waynesville, have been wrestling with the boys since they were in middle school. This summer the twins have traveled all over the midwest and competed with Team Missouri and other groups to improve their skills. They have come back with medals in nearly every tournament each of them have competed in.
When asked about the two competing with and against each other Jeanette Seeley-Manuel, the twins’ mother, said this, “There is no real difference. They both have tough competition”
Jazzmine Seeley has had a busy summer. Jazzmine competes in the 138 weight class at Waynesville High School and either 135 or 144 for Team Missouri. She has already claimed two state championships in the last couple of months. She was champion in both folkstyle and freestyle wrestling. She has also earned All-American status twice this summer at the Womens Folkstyle Nationals and the Women's Freestyle World team trials. She missed the U.S. team by three spots. Jazzmine placed seventh and eighth in the events.
Jazzmine recently traveled to Nebraska where she competed in regionals at the Southern Plains Championships, where she took second place in her weight class. She also competed on Team Missouri where she placed ninth in the Junior Duals. During the Clash of the Capital Duals, she placed second and was also a starter for Team Missouri.
When asked about what has been a key to her success, she said this, “Going to extra practices across Missouri to get as much training that I can and all the support people give me.”
That has worked for her, as she has become the only female in Waynesville history to be named All-American in wrestling.
She trains seven days a week and wrestles almost every day to keep her skills. She also does weightlifting and conditioning to improve her strength.
Jazzmine said this when asked what some of her personal accomplishments were, “Getting my four All-American status and three state championships for girls was the main one. It all started when I placed at Fargo North Dakota nationals last year with a sixth place match, and folkstyle nationals with a sixth place finish last year also.” She was also glad to have a starting spot on Team Missouri.
She is preparing to try to earn more All-American honors as the Fargo Cadet and Junior Nationals in the coming weeks.
Jazzmine said this , “Me and Justice being the only two girls on the high school boys team this year to finish it out. I got recruited to wrestle for the Team Missouri Women’s National Team. I I also got recruited to wrestle for a dual with Team New Mexico.”
Justice Seeley was not far behind as she also competed on par with her sister. Justice competes in the 113 weight class in high school and the 122 weight class on Team Missouri. She was the state runner-up on the girls folkstyle this year. Justice also placed fourth in the girls freestyle state. She competed for team Missouri in the Junior Duals and achieved a ninth place finish.
Justice also filled in and started for team Nebraska at the Clash at the Capital Duals where she was the champion by defeating her Missouri teammate in the final match.
Justice said this when asked about her accomplishments, “I got recruited to wrestle for the Team Missouri Women’s National Team. I also had a winning record this year on the high school boys team. I made it to the bubble match to place at Fargo North Dakota last year.” She also said this, “I got recruited to wrestle for Kansas and Nebraska and New Mexico for certain duals.”
Both sister are returning to Waynesville High School next year to compete in the inaugural season of the girls wrestling for Missouri.
Both girls said this when asked how they seen the wrestling season next year, “We want to represent our team and school well and do our best at districts and state. By doing so we would like to be district and state placers or champions. We are hoping for a good 2018-2019 wrestling season.”
The championship for that will take place at the University of Missouri in Columbia in February.