Will compete Thursday through Saturday at Mizzou Arena in Columbia
One by one as they made their way to the medal stand, the Boonville Pirates wrestling team knew they would be sending four wrestlers on to the state tournament Thursday through Saturday at Mizzou Arena in Columbia.
While taking only five wrestlers to the Class 2 District 3 Tournament over the weekend in Clinton, Boonville Pirates wrestling coach Christian Stock hoped to get all in five in but three/four would be great.
As it turned out, Boonville finished with one district champion, one third place finisher and two fourth place finishers at district.
Senior Gabe Rumbaoa captured the district title in the 220 pound weight class while freshman Brant Whitaker finished third at 145. Juniors Charlie Pumel and Dalton Williams, meanwhile, placed fourth at 152 and 285, respectively.
In the final-team standings, Odessa captured first with 168.5 points. Monett finished second at 163, followed by Bolivar at 146, Logan-Rogersville at 134.5, Eldon at 91, Pleasant Hill at 88, Boonville at 78, Cassville at 73, Nevada at 67, Clinton at 66, Southern Boone at 56.5, Reeds Spring at 55, Osage at 46, Hollister at 42, Springfield Catholic at 7 and Southeast at 4.
"We took five and placed four to go to state," said Boonville Pirates wrestling coach Christian Stock. "This is the most wrestlers I have ever taken to state as a head coach. I am very proud of how all of the guys wrestled this weekend. There is still room for improvement but overall I felt like we wrestled pretty well."
Stock said he feels like the guys are upping their game right now and have to be to compete at state. “It really was a good weekend for the wrestlers,” Stock said.
Of course nobody upped their game more over the weekend than Rumbaoa.
As the No. 1 seed in the tournament, Rumbaoa finished 3-0 with all three wins being pins.
At 28-3 on the season, Rumbaoa opened the tournament with a bye in the first round and then recorded a first period pin against Caleb Lucero of Cassville in 7 seconds. Meanwhile, in the semifinal round, Rumbaoa won by a second period pin against Dylan Berry of Pleasant Hill in 2:28. Rumbaoa also meant business in the championship match by pinning Caleb Longobardi of Nevada in 1:49.
“Gabe received a 1 seed and earned a District Championship,” Stock said. “I thought Gabe wrestled very well this weekend putting himself in the best position he could have by winning the district. He will be returning for his third time to state.”
Whitaker also picked up a No. 1 seed in what Coach Stock called a really tough bracket.
While finishing 4-1 in the tournament, Whitaker opened Friday’s match with a fall over Jordan Withnell of Monett in 3:00. Then, in the quarterfinals, the freshman grappler won by a first period pin against Hunter Waller of Eldon in 1:42. Of course after dropping a 14-7 decision in the semifinal round against Lucas Campbell of Logan-Rogersville, Whitaker came back to win by a fall in the consolation semifinals against Jaren Powrie of Nevada in 4:34. Meanwhile, in the third place match, Whitaker won by a second period pin against Chase Hampton of Bolivar in 1:50 to improve to 42-4 on the season.
“In the top four qualifiers, Brant is the only freshman and non-qualifier from last season,” Stock said. “The Campbell kid he wrestled in the Semi’s placed sixth last season at state. The other two qualifiers, qualified last season as well. This will be Brant’s first trip to state.”
Pumel finished 3-2 as a No. 2 seed in the 152-pound weight class.
Like both Rumbaoa and Whitaker, the junior grappler won his first-two matches with a second period pin against Cye Bouchard of Monett in 2:23 and Josh Neville of Hollister in 4:51. Meanwhile, in the semifinal round, Pumel dropped his first match against Austin Magnuson of Osage by a score of 11-5. Then, in the consolation semifinals, Pumel won by a fall over Isaac Grunig of Clinton in 3:00. In the third place match, Pumel dropped a one point decision against Vincent Monarca of Odessa 3-2.
Pumel is currently 31-5 on the season.
“Charlie had a tough bracket as well,” Stock said. “Austin Magnuson placed fifth last season. Daryin Sharp, the runner up in districts this season, took third last season at state. Charlie wrestled well, he just had some really tough opponents. I think this may have been one of the tougher 152 pound brackets in the state. Charlie also broke the 100 win mark this weekend. Right now, he sits at 102 for career wins. This will be Charlie’s second trip to the state tournament.”
For junior Dalton Williams, the fourth place finish at districts was a first him.
While entering the tournament unseeded, Williams finished 3-2 with two falls and one decision.
Williams opened the tournament with a 10-3 win over RJ Clevenger of Reeds Springs. Then, in the quarterfinals, Williams won by a fall over Peyton Denney of Nevada in 1:45. Meanwhile, after dropping a 6-3 decision in the semifinals against Jesse Knisley of Clinton, Williams came back with a fall in the consolation semifinals against Charlie Smith of Southern Boone in 4:06. In the third place match, Williams lost by a fall against Dylan Barber of Hollister in 2:02.
“Dalton pinned the No. 2 seed in the quarters to advance to semis, where he lost to the eventual second place wrester from Clinton,” Stock said. “This is Dalton’s second year of wrestling and he has made numerous steps forward in these two years. He has really been putting it together the last couple of tournaments. He beat the wrestler from Southern Boone in the bubble match, who he had lost to at the dual with them. He was pretty far behind in points in that match but wrestled until the end and got a pin to advance to state. Dalton will go to state for the first time this season as well.”