Boonville’s Charlie Pumel and Gabe Rumbaoa couldn’t hold back their excitement Saturday during the Richmond Invitational Wrestling Tournament.
With the district tournament just one week away, Pumel and Rumbaoa both finished first in their respective weight classes against a field of 10 teams.
Boonville Pirates wrestling coach Christian Stock said it was a long day but a good day.
No team points were scored in the Richmond Tournament.
“The format was changed from dual to individual this season and we only wrestled on two mats so it took a while to get done,” Stock said. “Overall I thought that the guys performed well. The competition was good and this was the last time to polish up our toolbox before we head to districts.”
Of course Pumel and Rumbaoa weren’t the only place finishers for Boonville. Joel Concannon finished second at 182 while Lucas Gerke placed fourth at 195. Wyatt Grizzle took fifth at 170 while Gavin Vollmer finished eighth at 145.
Pumel, who competed in the 152-pound weight class, won only one match by fall in the tournament by pinning Mexico’s Pablo Vasquez in the first round in 3:49. After that, Pumel won by a 9-6 decision over Winnetonka’s Michael Aquino in the second round, followed by a injury default over Ruskin’s DeShon Outley in the third round and a major decision over Holden’s Peyton Seiz 11-2 in the championship bracket. Meanwhile, in the first place match, Pumel won by a 7-4 decision against Chillicothe’s Joey Thompson.
The win put Pumel at 36-6 on the season.
Stock said Pumel wrestled well throughout the tournament. “He has reacted well to the challenges of good wrestlers and expectations of the coaching staff,” Stock said. “He really wants to place at state this season and is working hard toward that goal. He really worked hard today and was rewarded by taking first.”
As for Rumbaoa, the junior grappler won all five matches by fall to tie former Boonville wrestler Kyle Cook for most pins in a season with 30. At 37-3 on the season, Rumbaoa opened the tournament by pinning Ryan Nedblake of Excelsior Springs in 38 seconds. Then, after pinning Ikenna Enechukwu of Ruskin in the second round in 2:42, Rumbaoa came back and won by a fall over Max Anderson of Chillicothe in the third round in 2:30. Meanwhile, in the championship bracket, Rumbaoa won by fall over Colten Kenady of Buffalo in 1:03 and then pinned Wyatt Turner of Mexico in the first place match in 46 seconds.
Stock said Rumbaoa had another good day. “Gabe pinned all five of his opponents,” Stock said. “With those five pins he tied Kyle Cook with 30 in a season and he still has districts and state if his plan plays out. He has also gotten 11 consecutive pins and can break his own record of 12 if he gets some more at districts. He is getting himself ready for the championship season.”
Concannon also came close, dropping his only match in the championship against Richmond’s Austin Keefhaver by pin in 4:49.
Leading up to the title match, Concannon opened the tournament with a bye in the first round and then pinned Buffalo’s Ashton Vogler in the second round in 2:44. Meanwhile, in the third round, Concannon won by a fall over Chillicothe’s Matt Callen in 1:39. Then, in the championship bracket, Concannon pinned Mexico’s Jakob Bradley in 3:38.
By finishing 3-1 in the tournament, Concannon improved his season record to 22-5 overall.
“Joel had a good day as well,” Stock said. “He is still trying to put the pieces together after several weeks of illness. He wrestled some good competition today. He did not win his championship match but faced a state medalist and multiple qualifiers at state. Joel is still on the right path to qualify for state and is looking better with every match he wrestles.”
As for Gerke, the senior grappler finished 2-3 in the tournament with a 3-1 decision in the first round against Dylan Wilson of Holden and a major decision against Corey Greim of Excelsior Springs in the second round 13-0. In other matches, Gerke lost by fall against Blake Williamson of Buffalo in 3:41, 3-2 against McCauley Bowers of Richmond and again against Williams in the third place match 12-0.
Grizzle finished 2-2 overall with a fall in the consolation bracket against Triston Battagler of Richmond in 1:15 and a 13-3 decision against Isaac Washburn of Chillicothe. In his other two matches, Grizzle lost a 8-7 decision against Austin Reid of Buffalo and a 11-1 decision against Dominic Nobile of Richmond.
As for Vollmer, he finished 1-4 on the day with his only win coming in the third round against Michael Valentine of Ruskin by major decision 14-2.
Hickman JV Tournament
Five members of the Boonville Pirates wrestling team also competed in the Hickman JV Tournament over the weekend.
Greyson Mesik finished second with a record of 4-1 in the 195 pound weight class while Sean White placed third with a record of 3-1 at 220. Heath Danner finished finished fifth overall with a record of 3-2 at 120 while James Dorman took sixth with a record of 2-3 at 182 and Dakota Rapp seventh with a record of 1-2 at 160.