The Boonville Pirates wrestling team may have lost the battle over the weekend while competing in the Richmond Dual Tournament. But if you consider that every wrestler who participated in the tournament for Boonville won three or more matches out of five duals, the weekend wasn’t a total loss after all.
Of course the scores might indicate a different picture as the Pirate wrestlers fell in their first-four duals, losing to Excelsior Springs 57-18, Richmond 60-12, Chillicothe 66-12 and Winnetonka by a score of 42-36. However, in the final dual of the tournament against Hogan Prep out of Kansas City, the Pirate wrestlers picked up their first win with a 30-18 victory.
Despite having only five wrestlers compete in the tournament out of 14 weight classes, head coach Christian Stock said the Pirates had some good competition at the weights where they had wrestlers.
“We were short several today due to injuries,” Stock said. “Again, I challenged the team to compete head to head and not worry about the overall dual score. I thought we did that even though we took a couple losses. In the duals that we wrestled today, where we actually had wrestlers, we won four of the five head to head. We beat both Excelsior Springs and Richmond 3-2, Winnetonka 1-0 and Hogan Prep 4-0 and only lost to Chillicothe head to head 3-2 and they beat Fulton earlier in the year in a dual. They are very strong and may give Fulton a run for their money for the state championships.”
As for individual records in the tournament, Charlie Pumel (145), Joel Concannon (182) and Gabe Rumbaoa (220) all finished 4-1 while Lucas Gerke (195) and Landon Bail (285) both went 3-2.
Stock said Concannon caught a loss against the Dean kid from Chillicothe that will medal in the 170-pound weight class. As for Rumbaoa, Stock said Gabe lost to the Parker kid from Richmond, who he beat last year to finish fifth at state.
“Gabe made a mistake and Parker capitalized on it,” Stock said. “I think both of them learned from what happened and will use it to make them better going into the district tournament. All in all, it was a very good day for the guys that were there.”
In the opening round against Excelsior Springs, Pumel dropped his only match of the tournament by losing to Austin Morgan in a close decision 6-4.
As for the rest of the wrestlers for Boonville, Concannon won by a fall over Kole Kennedy in 1:01; Gerke lost by a fall against Brandon Lane in 1:22; Rumbaoa won by a fall over Kaleb Kennedy in 42 seconds; and Bail won by a fall over Corey Greim in 1:47.
In the second round against Richmond, Pumel picked up a close win against Easton James by a score of 3-2, as did Concannon by a fall over McCauley Bowers in 3:26 and Gerke by a 8-6 decision over Alex Vance. Meanwhile, in the 220-pound weight class, Richmond’s David Parker handed Rumbaoa his first loss of the season with a third-period pin in 5:15. Bail also lost by a fall against James Gardner in 1:14.
Of course the results were also mixed in the third round match against Chillicothe. At 145, Pumel won by a fall over Colby Saville in 5:09. Meanwhile, at 182, Concannon lost by a fall against Dean Adkins in 1:50. Gerke was also pinned by Kayde Burton in 4:31, as was Bail at 285 against Alex Barnes in 1:01. As for Rumbaoa, the sophomore grappler won by fall over Max Anderson in 2:44.
In the dual against Winnetonka, Pumel, Concannon, Gerke and Rumbaoa all received forfeits while Bail lost by a fall against James McMullen in 3:06.
As for the final round against Hogan Prep, Pumel won by a fall over Marquan Rice in 1:35, as did Concannon over Steven Taylor in 47 seconds, Gerke over Darrel Bailey in 50 seconds and Rumbaoa over Oliver Cato-West in 14 seconds. Bail, meanwhile, received a forfeit at 285.
The Boonville Pirates wrestling team, who finished the season at 4-17 overall and 0-6 in the NCMC, will gear up for the Class 2 District 3 Tournament this coming Friday and Saturday in Bolivar.
Teams competing in the tournament along with Boonville are: Bolivar, Buffalo, Clinton, East KC, Eldon, Hollister, Logan-Rogersville, Marshall, Monett, Nevada, Osage, Pleasant Hill, Reeds Springs and St. James.
Only the top-four wrestlers in each weight class will advance on to the state tournament Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 18-20 at Mizzou Arena in Columbia.
Note: Boonville wrestlers Keandre Anderson and Sean White competed in the Hickman JV Tournament over the weekend. Stock said Anderson finished 5-0 to capture first in his weight class while White finished 2-0 on the day and took third place.