The Boonville Youth Wrestling Club participated in the Casey J. Leubert Memorial Tournament Saturday and Sunday in Jefferson City.
Boonville wrestling coach Eric McNeal said this tournament was once a mainstay but is now broken up into two sessions. He said Saturday is a more advanced tournament where only the top three medal, whereas, Sunday is the novice tournament.
McNeal said four wrestlers competed for Boonville, with Athan Briggs finished third with a record of 1-2, Clayton Schuster fourth with a record of 1-3, Brayden McFarland fifth with a record of 1-4 and Dustyn Taylor fifth with a record of 0-5.
“It looks like from a win/loss perspective we took it on the chin, but our club is about performance based evaluation,” McNeal said. “If we only focus on win and losses, we will lose a lot of kids before they have a chance to full develop. We worry about what we can control and that is how hard we can compete. I was impressed with what our kids learned in each of their matches and how they applied it to the next one. Our kids were all rated 3-4 and taking on state qualifiers and medalists with one and two ratings, but they did not back down or give up. They showed up to compete, they fought and they got better. In this accomplishment they can be proud as they move forward.”
SUNDAY’S NOVICE
TOURNAMENT
Clayton Schuster and Will Stock both captured first  place with records of 3-0 in their respective age groups during the Casey J. Leubert Memorial Novice Tournament Sunday in Jefferson City.
Schuster competed in the 10-and-under age group while Stock wrestled in the 12-and-under division.
Second place finishers were Xavier Cantrell and Henry Brownfield at 6U, Chase Amos at 10U and Brayden McFarland at 14U.
Gabe Gander took third in the 8U age group while Cash Stock and Molly Davidson both finished fourth at 10U. Reece Townlain placed fifth in the 8U division.