The Boonville Pirates wrestling team finished 3-3 on the first day of the state tournament at Mizzou Arena in Columbia.
While going 2-2 after the opening round and 1-1 in first-round wrestlebacks, Boonville Pirates wrestling coach Christian Stock said not bad at all.
In the opening match for Boonville at 145, Boonville freshman Brant Whitaker won by a fall against Brandon Carbray of St. Charles West in 2:09 but not without controversy. While Carbray took a 2-0 lead into the second period, Whitaker came back with a takedown and three-point nearfall before recording the pin. However, the controversy is that the clock never started in the second period, which the St. Charles West coach protested that the period should have started over.
“The clock didn’t start at the beginning of the second period,” Stock said. “They wrestled for a little bit, probably no more than 20 seconds. We get a reversal and about the time we get the reversal their coach is going crazy. They start the clock and let it run down and then we end up sticking that guy and come out with a fall. Their coach hey that’s a bad time with no clock running and all this and we had the whole entire head crew over there at our table. Their decision that with the position that kid was in and the position we were in there was no way time had expired or nowhere even close to expiring and he wasn’t going to get out of what we had.”
As for Charlie Pumel at 152, the day started with a loss against Ryan Herman of St. Clair in the first period in 1:10. Herman entered the tournament at 43-1. Meanwhile, after coming back through first-round wrestlebacks, Pumel had a little better luck against Dawson Wheeler of Chillicothe with a pin in the second period in a time of 2:28.
Pumel never trailed against Wheeler while leading 2-0 after the first period with a takedown. Then, in the second period before the pin, Pumel scored another takedown and three-point nearfall.
“We knew coming in that the kid from St. Clair was pretty tough with only one loss on the year and being a senior,” Stock said. “Charlie is a tough wrestler but it was a tough match. But he came back on the backside, which Charlie is good at that, and wrestled a really good solid match and puts us in good position for tomorrow.”
For senior wrestler Gabe Rumbaoa, this was his third trip to the state tournament. While finishing third last year at 220, Rumbaoa wasted no time against Kalub Evans of Potosi by recording a first period pin in 1:56.
Rumbaoa led Evans 10-0 before the pin with two takedowns and two three-point nearfalls.
“Gabe came out and wrestled a good match and I think he is in a good position to do some really good things for the rest of the tournament,” Stock said.
As for Dalton Williams at 285, who was making his first appearance at the state tournament, the opening round against Joe Bryant of Cameron was a eye opener as Bryant won by fall in 29 seconds. Then, in the first round wrestlebacks, Williams dropped his second match of the tournament against Johnathan Chapman of Moberly in 51 seconds.
“Dalton was our outside guy and we knew he had his work cut out for him,” Stock said. “I thought against the kid from Moberly we had a chance. Actually he kind of got in a position where we could get him with the double underhooks but that kid put us on our back instead of us putting him on his back.”
After the first day of the state tournament, Whitfield leads in Class 1 with 38.5 points.
Lawson stands in second place with 32 points, followed by Marceline at 29, Seneca at 28, Lathrop at 25, Mid-Buchanan at 23, Knob Noster and Lafayette County tied for seventh at 19, Brookfield and Gallatin tied in ninth place at 18 and Holden, Buffalo and Lexington tied for 11th place with 16 points.
In Class 2, Odessa and St. Genevieve are tied for first place with 25 points.
Mexico is currently in third place with 23.5 points, followed by Moberly with 23 points, Oak Grove with 21, Monett with 20.5, Kirksville with 20, Logan-Rogersville with 19.5, St. Clair with 19 and Bolivar with 18.
Boonville is currently in 21st place with 11 points.
After Friday’s quarterfinal, semifinal and wrestleback matches, the medal round will start on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 10 a.m.
Third and fifth place matches will begin at 12 noon, with championship bouts at 4:30 p.m.