Junior Dalton Williams finishes third at heavyweight
The Boonville Pirates wrestling team may have been only four strong over the weekend while competing in the Owensville Tournament.
But of the four wrestlers, two placed first in their respective weight classes while another finished third at heavyweight.
Six wrestlers also competed in the Moberly JV Tournament on Saturday.
Boonville Pirates wrestling coach Christian Stock said these guys wrestled really well and finished well today.
“We fell short in that area last weekend,” Stock said. “I think the guys were a little more prepared and maybe hungry after their finishes last weekend. This tournament allows us to see some teams that we do not normally see in the rest of the season. It always gives us a peak at some of the teams form the south and east side of the state before the state tournament. Brant really dominated his bracket today. He wrestled very sound fundamental and focused matches today/ Gabe had a couple of tough matches that he wrestled very well in and came out on top. One of those matches was against Drake Ortiz for the Championship. It was a close match that Gabe wrestled a very smart and calculated match to come out with the win.”
Just like the week before, freshman Brant Whitaker and senior Gabe Rumbaoa placed first in the 145 and 220 pound weight class, respectively.
Whitaker, improving to 29-2 on the season, finished the tournament with two wins by tech fall, two by falls and one by a major decision.
Whitaker opened the tournament with a tech fall against Wrayvauze Givens of MMA 16-0. Then, after winning by a fall in the second round against Mason Keena of Dexter in 3:40, Whitaker came back and tech falled Dustin Jahnsen of Owensville 16-2. Meanwhile, in the championship bracket, Whitaker won by a fall over Isaac Peregoy of Sullivan in 1:27 and then recorded a major decision in the championship against Kayne Lamison of Cameron 11-0.
As for Rumbaoa, who improved to 16-2 on the season, he also finished 5-0 on the day with three matches by fall and two by decision. Rumbaoa opened the tournament with a fall over Connor Temmen of Fatima in 1:05. Then, after recording a first period pin against Zack Haynes of Affton in 15 seconds, Rumbaoa won by a 5-0 decision in the third round against Colten Gibson of Dexter. Meanwhile, in the championship bracket, Rumbaoa won by a fall over Copeland Grahmann of MMA in 20 seconds and then came back in the championship match for a 3-1 decision over Drake Ortiz of St. James.
Junior Dalton Williams also reached the medal stand for Boonville by placing third at heavyweight.
While finishing the tournament at 2-2, Williams won by fall in his first match against Bryce Mistler of Owensville in 4:08. Then, after receiving a bye in the second round, Williams fall in the third round by fall against Joe Bryant of Cameron in 46 seconds. Meanwhile, in the fourth round, Williams recorded a pin against Sky Thunderchild-Henio of MMA in 2:55. Then, in the third place match, Williams lost by pin to Kyle Johnson of Affton in 5:35.
Dakota Rapp also took part in the tournament in the 170 pound weight class, placing seventh with a record of 2-3. Rapp recorded his first win in the second round by pin against Brayden Desmond of St. Francis Borgia in 40 seconds and then picked up a medical forfeit in the seventh place match.
As for the six wrestlers competing in the Moberly JV Tournament, Greyson Mesik finished 3-1 in the 220 pound weight class while Eric Bundy was 1-2 at 126, Lance Marshall 1-3 at 152, Dustyn Taylor 0-2 at 195, and Brayden McFarland and Brady Stock 0-3 at 120 and 285, respectively.
The Boonville Pirate wrestlers will compete next in a triangular on Thursday, Jan. 18th against Osage and Southern Boone starting at 6 p.m.