Pirates will open districts on Friday at Clinton

Boonville wrestlers Brant Whitaker, Charlie Pumel and Gabe Rumbaoa all had a nice warm up to this weekend’s district tournament in Clinton by placing first in the Richmond Spartan Invitational over the weekend.
While taking only six wrestlers, the Pirate wrestlers garnered three first place finishes, one third and two fifth place finishes.
Whitaker finished 4-0 in the 145 pound weight class while Pumel and Rumbaoa both placed 5-0 at 152 and 220, respectively.
Boonville wrestling coach Christian Stock said the varsity guys had a really good day. “I took six guys and all of them placed in the top five,” Stock said. “Brant, Charlie and Gabe all took first. Greyson Mesik took third and Dakota Rapp and Dalton Williams both took fifth. It was a good tournament for the guys to get a number of matches in before districts and brush the dust off and put a polish on things. Greyson is the only one in this group that will not be competing in districts next weekend. I was really happy with the way the guys competed today. I hope they do the same thing next week. This was the last competition before finals. This next week in practice we will touch up a few things and prep mentally and physically for what we call championship season. It usually entails us backing off a bit on the physical side and focusing on fundamentals.”
Whitaker definitely showed that he will be somebody to reckon with next weekend at districts. While suffering a rare loss last Wednesday against a wrestler from Hallsville, Whitaker was back to his old self Saturday with one fall, one tech falls and two close decisions. At 38-3 on the season, Whitaker won his first match by fall over Matthew Huston of Marshall in 1:42. Then, in his next match, the freshman grappler won by a 2-1 decision of Dane Milsap of Excelsior Springs. Of course Whitaker didn’t stop there. In round 4, Whitaker again won by a 1-0 decision over Dalton Wade of Maysville. Then, in round 5, Whitaker tech falled Aidan Homan of Winnetonka 18-3.
As for Pumel, the junior grappler finished the tournament with three falls, one decision and one bye. Of course after receiving a bye to start the tournament, Pumel came back to win by a fall over Michael Valentine of Ruskin in 1:15. Then, after winning by a 7-2 decision over Dalton Wiers of Kearney in round 4, Pumel won by his match as well by fall against Eli Jackson of Marshall in 5:23. Meanwhile, in the first place match, Pumel won by fall over Daylyn Snelling of Center in 1:49.
Pumel is currently 28-3 on the season.
As for Rumbaoa in the 220 pound weight class, the senior grappler finished with four falls and one bye to improve his record for the season at 25-3.
After winning by a fall in the opening round over Cameron Huett of Excelsior Springs in 58 seconds, Rumbaoa receive a bye in the second and then recorded a first period pin in round 3 against Blake Brinsa Winnetonka in 16 seconds. Meanwhile, in the semifinal round, Rumbaoa again won by a fall over Mesik in 1:41. Then, in the championship match, Rumbaoa pinned Travis Stout of Holden in 29 seconds.
Rumbaoa is currently 25-3 on the season.
Mesik wound up finishing third also at 220 with three falls. Mesik won by fall over Michael Root of Marshall in 58 seconds, Terry Carlisle of Ruskin in 23 seconds and Cameron Huett of Excelsior Springs in 1:17.
Mesik is currently 14-9 on the season.
As for Rapp, the sophomore grappler finished 1-4 on the day by recording a pin in the second round against Jeremy Rice of Center in 1:30. Rapp lost his remaining four matches by pins in the 170 pound weight class. Williams, meanwhile, won two matches in the 285 pound weight class by pinning Aieontae Ersery of Ruskin twice in the tournament in 3:23 in the third round and 2:57 in the fifth place match.
Four members of the Boonville Pirates wrestling team also competed in the Hickman JV Tournament over the weekend.
Brayden McFarland finished third overall in the 120 pound weight class for Boonville while Eric Bundy placed fifth at 126, Dustyn Taylor sixth at 195 and Brady Stock eighth at 285.
The Boonville Pirates wrestling team will compete in the Class 2 District 3 Tournament on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9 and 10th at Clinton High School. Stock said wrestling will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday.
Teams competing in the district tournament along with Boonville are Bolivar, Cassville, Clinton, Eldon, Hollister, Logan-Rogersville, Monett, Nevada, Odessa, Osage, Pleasant Hill, Reeds Spring, Southeast, Southern Boone and Springfield Catholic.
The top four finishers in each weight class will advance to the state tournament Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 15-17 at Mizzou Arena in Columbia.