The Boonslick Heartland YMCA Wrestling Club couldn’t have asked for a better weekend while competing at the Missouri USA Kids State Wrestling Tournament at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis.
While sending a total of 10 wrestlers to the state tournament for two days, Boonville came back with one champion and four other medalist while placing third as a team in the Class A division, which contained 20 clubs.
A total of 1,038 wrestlers participated in the tournament in four age divisions.
As for the place finishers for Boonville, Peyton Hahn captured first in the 8-and-under, 100-pound weight class.
While finishing the tournament 4-0, Hahn had several tough matches along the way while beating Steven Allen of St. Genevieve in the opening round by a score of 3-2. Meanwhile, in the quarterfinals, Hahn won in sudden victory over Jeremiah Cabuyaban of Liberty 6-4 in overtime. Then, in the semifinals, the Boonville grappler won in the ultimate tiebreaker in the fourth overtime over Harrison Merriman of Monett 1-0.
It didn’t get any easier for Hahn in the championship match, as he won in sudden victory against Parker Bunch of Lawson 2-0.
Landon Bail also brought home a fourth-place medal while competing in the 14-and-under, 235-pound weight class.
After receiving a bye in the first round, Bail lost his next match against Alex Griffis of Southwest Twisters of Springfield by pin in 4:01. Bail didn’t go down without a fight, though. In the consolation wrestlebacks, Bail came back and won by pin in his next-two matches against Alton Heyer of Rolla in 3:39 and Joseph Rice of Jackson in 2:15. Then, in the consolation semifinals, Bail won by a 4-2 decision over Joshua Lewis of Team Action. Unfortunately for Bail, he would drop the third-place match against Griffis for the second time in the tournament while losing by pin in 3:31.
Like Hahn, Klayton Anderson also had a great start to the tournament in the 14-and-under, 95 pound weight class by winning 6-4 in the opening round against Kaleb Popplewell of Maysville in the first round. However, in the quarterfinals, Anderson lost by a 6-0 decision against Michael Chalcraft of St. Charles. Of course the next-two rounds were better for Anderson, as he won by a 6-0 decision over Ryan Waits of the Titan Wrestling Institute in Lee’s Summit and 4-0 over Nikolas Chavez of the Terminator Wrestling Academy in Springfield. Meanwhile, after losing his second match of the tournament in the consolation semifinals against Jackson Henson of Eierman Elite 5-1, Anderson came back in the fifth-place match to win 8-1 over Michael Chalcraft of St. Charles.
Rounding out the medal winners for Boonville in sixth place were Lucas Gerke in the 14-and-under, 155-pound weight class and Gaige Offineer in the 10-and-under, 150-pound weight class.
Page 2 of 2 - While finishing the tournament with a record of 3-3, Gerke had his back against the wall after dropping his opening round match against Jeremiah Gilse of Savannah by a score of 10-1. But like most of the wrestlers for Boonville, Gerke bounced back in convincing fashion by recording one pin and two decisions in his next-three matches. After beating Dylan Bodendieck of Team Hard Rock of Kansas City by pin in 3:42, Gerke came back and defeated Timothy Ghormley of Soco Attack-St. Louis 4-3. Then, in the third round of wrestlebacks, the LSE eighth grader won by a 6-4 decision over Garrett Carlile of Pleasant Hill. Unfortunately for Gerke, that was his last win as he fell by a 6-0 decision against Max Darrah of Timberlake-Wentzville in the consolation semifinals. Then, in the fifth place match, Gerke lost by a 5-1 decision against Jim Molt of Jackson County Wrestling.
As for Offineer, he lost to Kael Ruble of Lebanon in the opening round by pin in 1:13. Then, after receiving a bye in his next-two matches, Offineer recorded a forfeit over Elijah Hale of North Platte. Unfortunately for Offineer, he would lose in the consolation semifinals against Kael Ruble of Lebanon by pin in 44 seconds. Meanwhile, in the fifth-place match, Offineer was pinned by Brenan Shea of Raymore-Peculiar in 22 seconds.
In other matches, Charlie Pumel, Sean White, Thomas Grathwohl and Joel Concannon all finished the tournament with a record of 1-2 while Hunter Tarr finished 0-2.
Pumel, who competed in the 12-and-under, 110-pound weight class, won by a pin in the opening round against Justin Williams of Lebanon in 25 seconds but then dropped his next-two matches against David Olejnik of Bonhomme and Rian Critten of Gallatin by the scores of 16-3 and 5-4, respectively.
White, meanwhile, fell in the opening round in the 12-and-under, 140-pound weight class by pin against Geno Acinelli of Bonhomme in 49 seconds. Then, after winning by pin against Eldon Miller of Smithville in the consolation round in 3:32, White dropped his second match against Tyler Trosper of Hamilton by pin in 1:00.
As for Grathwohl, he won his first match in the 14-and-under, 75-pound weight class by pin against Ty Gary of Carthage in 28 seconds. Then, after losing to Anthony Pisciotta of Timberlake in the quarterfinals in 3:37, Grathwohl came back and dropped his second match against Eric Mayfield of St. Peters by a score of 9-1.
Concannon also had a slow start in the tournament in the 14-and-under, 145-pound weight class by losing to Christian Smart of Willard by pin in 2:37. Meanwhile, after winning 5-0 over Zachary Even of Fatima Comets in the consolation round, Concannon suffered his second loss of the tournament against Clayton Mordecai of Greater Heights Wrestling- Park Hill 10-0.
As for Tarr, he fell by pin in the opening round in the 10-and-under, 60-pound weight class against Marcus Shaeffer of Wildcat Extreme-Neosho by pin in 2:31. Then, in the consolation round, Tarr lost in the third overtime against Jet Holder of Northland-Parkville 5-1.