The Boonslick YMCA Wrestling Club had a memorable weekend while competing in the Missouri USA Region B Wrestling Tournament in Lee’s Summit.
While taking a total of four wrestlers to the tournament, the BYWC will have three move on to the state tournament in St. Louis on March 25-26.
The wrestlers had to place in the top four to advance to state. Head coach Eric McNeal said also had to advanced to region competition by placing in the top six in District 3. They were then combined with the top six from District 4 to make up their region, he said.
Competing for the Boonslick YMCA Wrestling Club were Bryce Newham in the 8U, 70 pound division, Clayton Schuster in the 10U, 85 pound division, Brayden McFarland in the 14U, 110 pound division, and Jayson Bundy in the 14U, 165 pound division.
Newham, McFarland and Bundy all advanced to state.
McNeal said Schuster finished 0-2 on the day, bringing his season to an end. However, he said Schuster has nothing to be ashamed of as this was his first season on the mat. “He grew as a wrestler and showed great potential, placing third at Rookie State in January,” McNeal said. “He fought well and has a bright future in the sport.”
As for Newham, who took third in his division, McNeal said the young grappler finished 3-1 on the season. McNeal said Newham beat an opponent from Lee’s Summit by decision before falling to an opponent from Knob Noster in a hard fought battle. He then decisioned an opponent from Pleasant Hill in the bubble match to qualify for state before defeating his Lee’s Summit opponent again, this time by fall.
“Bryce had a great day of wrestling and competed well,” McNeal said. “He kept his composure when things weren’t going his way and earned wins against tough wrestlers to make his first trip to kids state.”
McFarland also finished third in his division, falling to opponents from Grain Valley and Clinton. McNeal said McFarland battled through a bit of illness this weekend but still fought well. “He has come a long way in his second year of wrestling and qualified by way of placing third and is excited to be moving on in the state series,” McNeal said.
As for Bundy, he took fourth in his division. McNeal said Bundy lost a tough decision to a Lee’s Summit North opponent in the quarterfinals. “Jayson’s draw gave him a bye all the way to the bubble match, where he avenged a loss from last week against an opponent from Independence,” McNeal said. “Jayson wrestled a smart match and proved he was able to learn from previous mistakes. He recorded several takedowns, dominating his opponent and pinning him to qualify for state before falling to a Jackson County wrestler and finishing fourth. That performance also qualified him for state.”
McNeal said he was extremely proud of the kids that competed on Saturday, as well as those who have already finished their seasons.
“They go out and compete, they wrestle hard and they win and lose with class,” McNeal said. “While they take losses personally, they don’t scream and throw fits when they happen. They learn from them and they don’t show anyone up when they win. They just wrestle. For our wrestlers continuing on-they get the privileged of competing one more week and they will represent in a way that will make Boonville proud.”