It didn’t take long for Boonville senior wrestler Kyle Cook to pick up where he left off last year after winning 40-plus matches while competing in the Steve Leslie Invitational Friday and Saturday in Pleasant Hill.
While competing in the 220-pound weight class, Cook captured first with a record of 6-0.
Of course Cook wasn’t the only place-finisher for Boonville. Junior Andrew Broyhill, who competed in the 160-pound weight class, finished fifth overall with a record of 5-2.
As a team, the Pirate wrestlers placed 11th overall. Smithville captured first with 664 points, followed by Lee’s Summit West at 630.5, Prairie View at 569.5, Pleasant Hill at 559.5, Shawnee Mission NW at 550.5, Adrian at 534, Osawatomie at 473, Clinton at 462.5, Nevada at 364.5, Carl Junction at 364, Boonville at 292, Grandview at 225.5, Nixa at 218.5 and Ruskin at 169.5.
Boonville Pirates wrestling coach Christian Stock said again the team wrestled well, considering this is their first varsity tournament experience as a wrestler or their first tournament ever.
“We will get better as each match goes by this year and focus on those goals as a whole,” Stock said. “We got better every time we stepped on the match and most of these guys are young and have several more years to keep improving. That is definitely a bright outlook for the future of Pirate wrestling. I would have liked to have brought home some more medals but that was not the purpose of this weekend. The kids get a lot of matches and time to get better, which is exactly what we need at this time.”
As for Cook, the senior grappler looked impressive to say the least while winning by a tech fall over Maxwell Bush of Grandview in the first round 16-1. Then, after winning by a major decision over Zach Newcomb of Shawnee Mission Northwest 10-0, Cook came back and won by a fall in the third round over Bryce McMillan of Adrian in 1:30. The fourth round, however, proved to be the toughest for Cook, as he won by a score of 7-4 over Colby Smith of Nevada. Cook then proceeded to win his next-two rounds by pins against Taylor Dawdy of Carl Junction in 36 seconds and Zach Newcomb of Shawnee Mission Northwest in the semifinals in 3:16. Meanwhile, in the championship match, Cook won by a major decision over Colby Smith of Nevada 10-1.
Stock said Cook wrestled well this weekend. “I had high expectations for him since he has won this tournament the last-two years,” Stock said. “The only thing is that coming off a 43-5 record from last season as a state qualifier, he was not going to surprise anybody. He was in the stronger pool and saw two wrestlers from the same pool twice in Newcomb and Smith.
“Looking at the scores of those matches, he did exactly what I want all my wrestlers to do. He got better with every match he wrestled. Kyle still has plenty to work on and cannot grow complacent with this finish. I have had several discussions with him about how he needs to push himself to the limit every time he steps on the mat if he plans on reaching the goals he has set for himself.”
Broyhill also had a productive weekend by finishing with a record of 5-2.
After taking a one-year hiatus due to injury, Broyhill came back in impressive fashion on Friday by beating Alex Quinn of Shawnee Mission Northwest by a score of 5-1. Then, after dropping two straight matches by pins in the third and fourth rounds against Kolin Rogers of Pleasant Hill in 1:10 and Cordell Dunlop of Prairie View in 1:43, Broyhill won his next-four matches against Joe Collins of Adrian 3-2, Zack Walker of Grandview in 1:43, Charlie Nihart of Smithville 5-1 and Joe Collins in the fifth place match by a score of 3-1.
Stock said overall Broyhill wrestled very well and ended up losing to the third and fourth place finishers in his bracket.
“Andrew is a very technically sound wrestler and uses this to his advantage in the matches he wrestles,” Stock said. “The experience he brings to the mat allows him to stay calm and just react to what is happening. There is always room for improvement and we will work on what he needs to get better in the wrestling room this week before we face Fulton.”
In other matches over the weekend, Quincy Banuet finished 0-4 in the 113-pound weight class; Brandon Ashpaugh 2-5 at 120; Morgan Browning 0-5 at 126; Rory Concannon 2-5 at 132; Austin Hulbert 3-5 at 138; Dylan Snapp 2-5 at 145; Andrew Garrison 1-6 at 152; and Nolan Murray 2-5 at 285.
The Boonville Pirates wrestling team will compete next on Thursday, Dec. 6 at home against the Fulton Hornets in the NCMC opener starting at 6 p.m.