For Boonville wrestlers Brant Whitaker and Charlie Pumel, the Moberly Dual Tournament over the weekend was all about getting better.
While the Boonville Pirates wrestling team finished the two-day tournament with a dual record of 1-8, Whitaker and Pumel both went undefeated with record os 8-0 and 9-0, respectively.
Boonville’s only win of the tournament came on Friday, as the Pirates defeated Sullivan 42-33. In other matches on Friday, Boonville lost to Eldon 42-23, Afton 39-30 and Chillicothe 54-30. Meanwhile, on Saturday, the Pirate wrestlers dropped all five matches by losing to Southern Boone 60-17, Fulton 54-21, Moberly 60-23 and St. James 60-24. In the final match against Priory, Boonville and Priory tied at 30-30 but the Rebels won on criteria with pins in both matches.
Boonville Pirates wrestling coach Christian Stock said despite the losses the kids wrestled well considering the number of wrestlers in in the lineup.
“Charlie Pumel and Brant Whitaker both went undefeated this weekend,” Stock said. “We won one of the nine duals we wrestled. Jayson Bundy had a great weekend as well at the 160 pound class. The other wrestlers really gain a ton of mat time and experience, which is what I really want for them. Right now for these young and inexperienced wrestlers that is exactly what they need. This is the last competition before Christmas break. We really did improve head to head in some of the weights even though the overall scores or outcomes of the matches may not show it. Coach Newham and I both commented on how each of the guys are getting better. We are interested in small steps not leaps and bounds.”
Besides Whitaker and Pumel, Jayson Bundy, Dakota Rapp and Greyson Mesik also had winning records over the weekend. Bundy finished 6-3 in the 160/170 pound weight classes while Rapp posted a winning mark of 6-3 at 170/182 and Mesik 3-1 at 220.
In other weight classes, Brayden McFarland finished 1-5 at 126; Eric Bundy 3-6 at 126/132; Lance Marshall 1-1 at 152; Dustyn Taylor 1-3 at 195; and Dalton Williams 2-8 at 285.
As for Whitaker, the freshman grappler is now 18-1 on the season. Whitaker won his first match of the tournament by tech fall over Eldon’s Hunter Waller 16-0 and then came back to pin in next-two opponents with a fall time of 1:13 against Thomas Halaska of Affton and 3:52 against Kaleb Mullikin of Chillicothe. Meanwhile, on Saturday, Whitaker won by tech fall against Southern Boone’s Ty Varvil 19-2, by fall over Fulton’s Solomon Huff in 2:57, by tech fall over Luke Vitt of Moberly 16-0, by fall over Logan Saxbury of St. James in 9 seconds and by forfeit against Priory.
As for Pumel, who improved to 18-2 on the season, the junior grappler won all four matches on Friday by pins against Brent Mullett of Eldon in 1:00, Billy Street of Affton in 1:05, Devyn Harmon of Sullivan in 2:42 and Dawson Wheeler of Chillicothe in 1:09. Meanwhile, on Saturday, Pumel bumped down to 160 and picked up a forfeit against Southern Boone. Then, after winning by fall over Hunter Hampton of Fulton in 46 seconds, Pumel came back to pin Luke Slater of Moberly in 2:30, Zach Achterberg of St. James in 2:39 and pick up a forfeit against Priory.
Jayson Bundy received a forfeit against Eldon, won by fall against Donald McCracken of Chillicothe in 1:28, won by fall over David Gibson of Fulton in 2:54, won by fall over Clark Freeman of Moberly in 2:30, won by fall over Sage Gibson of St. James in 34 seconds and received a forfeit against Priory.
As for Dakota Rapp, the sophomore grappler picked up a forfeit against Eldon, won by a fall against Lachlan Harlan of Affton in 1:28, received a forfeit against Sullivan, received a forfeit against Southern Boone, won by decision over Sheldyn Johnson of Fulton 8-2, won by a forfeit against Moberly.
Mesik also picked up multiple wins with a first period pin against Zack Haynes of Affton in 32 seconds, a fall over Luke Landwehr of Sullivan in 16 seconds and a fall over Cody Kennebeck of Chillicothe in 1:11.