One by one as they took their turn on the medal stand Saturday at the Class 2 District 3 Wrestling Tournament in Boonville, you could sense a bit of relief from the three wrestlers knowing they had qualified for state.
Although the three still have some unfinished business this coming weekend at the state tournament in Columbia, they will now begin their quest for a state title against some of the best wrestlers in the state on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Mizzou Arena.
While taking only seven wrestlers to the district tournament, which began on Friday with first-round matches, first-round wrestlebacks and quarterfinals, the Pirates looked to be in good position with all seven making it to Saturday.
Boonville also had three No. 1 seeds in the tournament at 152, 182 and 220.
As it turned out, all three No. 1 seeds will advance on to the tournament. The only exception is that senior Joel Concannon was the lone district champion after placing first at 182. Gabe Rumbaoa finished second at 220 while Charlie Pumel took fourth at 152.
Boonville Pirates wrestling coach Christian Stock said he thought the Pirates had a good weekend. “We had three first place seeds and ended up with those wrestlers going on to state,” Stock said. “Two of them wrestled for the championship and one wrestled for third place. I thought having five wrestlers seeded in the top four we might end up with five going but it just wasn’t in the cards.”
In the final-team standings, Monett captured first with 177 points. Odessa finished second with 164, followed by Bolivar at 135.5, Pleasant Hill at 114, Eldon at 113, Logan-Rogersville at 104, Clinton at 88.5, Osage at 75, Boonville ninth at 68, Nevada at 57, Cassville at 41, Hollister at 36, Southern Boone at 33.5, Reeds Spring at 17 and Springfield Catholic at 8.
Boonville senior Joel Concannon looked the part as a No. 1 seed over the weekend with one fall, one tech fall and one decision in the finals.
While improving to 25-5 on the season, Concannon will now face Chris Greene of Cape Girardeau Notre Dame (18-16) in the opening round of the state tournament on Thursday.
As for his matches over the weekend in the district tournament, Concannon drew a bye in the first round and then won by fall in the quarterfinals against Adam Guenther of Nevada in 3:47. Meanwhile, on Saturday in the semis, Concannon won by a tech fall over Wesley Merriman of Monett by a score of 16-0. In the championship match against Clayton Chappell of Bolivar, Concannon had a tough road while wrestling Chappell to a 0-0 tie in the first and then scoring three points on a nearfall in the second to go up 3-0. Meanwhile, in the third period, Concannon picked up two more points to go ahead 5-0.
Stock said Concannon wrestled well and really dominated his bracket. “Taking a one seed to the state tournament is what you want,” Stock said. “He put himself in the best position he could have.”
Boonville junior wrestler Gabe Rumbaoa had a great two days leading up to the championship match against Nevada’s Jacob Johnson.
While breezing through the field for the first-three rounds, Rumbaoa also broke two records in the process for most pins in a season with 32 and most consecutive pins with 13.
Kyle Cook held the previous record for most pins in a season with 31 while Rumbaoa broke his own record for consecutive pins, which was 12.
As for his matches, Rumbaoa also drew a bye in the first round and then won by a pin in the quarters against Trevor Prewitt of Monett in 1:59 and Koa Creech of Bolivar in the semis in 1:17. Meanwhile, in the championship, Rumbaoa led Johnson 7-5 after the first period but then got caught in a move by Johnson and wound up losing by a fall in 2:38.
Rumbaoa, 39-4 on the season, will wrestle Chillicothe’s Max Anderson (27-13) in the opening round at state on Thursday.
Stock said Rumbaoa had a good day until the finals when he got caught in a throw and was eventually pinned. “This can happen to anyone anytime,” Stock said.
Boonville sophomore Charlie Pumel made the most of the situation after dropping his semifinal match on Saturday.
As the No. 1 seed in the tournament, Pumel won his first-three matches in relatively easy fashion by pinning Jarren Powrie of Nevada in the first round in 1:26 and then winning by tech fall over Caleb Swearingin of Logan-Rogersville in the quarters 17-2. Meanwhile, in the semifinal match, Pumel dropped his first match against Armand Kenepaska of Odessa by a major decision 12-3. Then, after dropping down to the consolation semis, Pumel won by a fall against Isaac Grunig of Clinton in 2:26. However, in the third place match, Pumel suffered his second loss against Daryin Sharp of Bolivar by fall in 4:37.
Pumel, 39-8 on the season, will wrestle Savannah’s Michael Hummer (46-4) in the opening round at state.
“Charlie kept things together after losing the semifinal match and coming back and winning the bubble match to qualify for state,” Stock said.
Stock said the heartbreak match of the day was when senior Lucas Gerke fell in the bubble match in double overtime.
Of course getting to the bubble match was tough in itself as Gerke won by a major decision in the quarters against Steven Hunter of Cassville 14-4 and then lost by a fall against Lane Jellison of Pleasant Hill in the semis in 5:24. Meanwhile, consolation semifinals, Gerke dropped a 2-1 decision in double overtime against Caleb Longobardi of Nevada.
“It was a hard fought match until the end,” Stock said.
Boonville sophomore wrestler Gavin Vollmer finished 1-2 in the 145-pound weight class.
Vollmer lose in first round against Ty Varvil by 6-2 decision; won by 4-2 decision against Tyler Armstrong of Nevada; lost by 5-2 decision against Josh Neville of Hollister.
Senior Wyatt Grizzle injury defaulted on Saturday in the 170-pound weight class. Grizzle won his first match by fall against Jackson Sartain of Southern Boone in 1:48 but then lost by a 10-4 decision against Conner Shafer of Reeds Spring in the quarters. Grizzle was unable to go on at that point while injury defaulting in his next match.
At 285, senior Keandre Anderson drew a bye in the first round and then lost by a fall against Dominic Lawrence of Southern Boone in the quarters in 4:54. Meanwhile, after receiving a second-round bye, Anderson dropped his next match against Scott Johnson of Eldon by fall in 3:49.