Boonville junior wrestler Kyle Cook suffered his first loss at the state tournament in Columbia this morning, losing by pin to Westminster Christian’s Bennett Lewis in 2:51.


Boonville junior wrestler Kyle Cook suffered his first loss at the state tournament in Columbia this morning, losing by pin to Westminster Christian’s Bennett Lewis in 2:51.

Cook, 42-4 on the season, will face Windsor’s Zach LaMar in the second-round wrestlebacks this afternoon in the 220-pound weight class.  LaMar won by fall against Smithville’s Clayton Robinette in 1:52 in the first-round wrestlebacks this morning.

Boonville wrestling coach Christian Stock said Cook wrestled a hard-fought match but came out on the wrong side. “We have to get ourselves together to wrestle in the wrestlebacks and get a medal,” Stock said.

In the opening round on Thursday, Cook won by fall over Exclesior Springs’ Mark Ingraham in 3:56.

While improving to 42-3 on the season, Cook came out and dominated the match against Ingraham by leading 9-0 after the first period, which included a takedown, a three point nearfall and back-to-back two-point nearfalls. Meanwhile, in the second period, Cook made it 11-0 with another takedown before picking up the pin.

After the match, Cook said he just came out and did his moves.

“It got a couple of takedowns and a nearfall,” Cook said. “It just felt good to be in this environment with all the hype going and wrestle like I wanted to and not crack under pressure. I also think it helped me not knowing a lot about him because I could go out and work my moves and not worry about the guy knowing who I?am and what I do. I think that gave me confidence that I could go in and try my moves and if it didn’t work try something else.”

Boonville Pirates wrestling coach Christian Stock said he told Cook to go out and take advantage of the opportunities.

“We told him this is state and not to mess around,”?Stock said. “I think he did a good job of making sure he kept control of the match the whole time and took no chances. He really worked the guy over from the top and on his feet and did exactly what we had hoped to do with it.”

In the team standings after Thursday, Whitfield led in Class 1 with 49.5 points. Oak Grove led Kirksville 48-32.5 in Class 2 . Meanwhile, in Class 3, Staley led Neosho by a 1.5 at 34-5-33.0. In Class 4, Park Hill led Blue Springs after Day 1 by a score of 36-28.
Cook’s win put Boonville in 38th place with four points.