Although there were no team victories and few tournament champions, the young Boone Central wrestling team enjoyed a positive start to the 2010-11 mat season this past week.
The Cardinals, in need of seasoning at the high school level, faced tough, veteran competition in the season’s initial meets that will help speed maturity and improvement in what Coach Dale Bonge calls “an enthusiastic group”.
Boone Central opened 2010-11 by hosting David City Aquinas in a dual meet Thursday, Dec. 2. The Monarchs used seven victories on the mat, including three falls, to score a 40-27 victory.
“Aquinas used a more experienced squad to win this dual. They got key victories at 125, 135 and 140 to seal the victory,” Bonge commented. “As a team, we wrestled a bit apprehensively and our lack of experience showed.
“On the positive side, first-year wrestler Cody Mangus used his athleticism to score a fall. Fellow senior Jon Christo struggled a bit, but held on for a 2-point win.”
Mangus and Christo scored Boone Central’s victories on the mat. Mangus stuck Andrew Rerucha in 3:53 of the 152-pound match and Christo outlasted 189-pound opponent Jeff Witter 7-5 after narrowly missing a pin.
Cardinals Bobby Stopak, Scott Joe and Jordan Bauld all won by forfeit. Both teams were open at 130 and Aquinas gained forfeit victories at 103 and 215.
Valentine and Ainsworth dominated the O’Neill Invitational Saturday with the Badgers claiming the team championship (148-136.5). Boone Central finished with 43 points in the 10-team meet.
“We came out with a bit more fire and aggressiveness than we had in the opening dual,” Bonge praised. “Between varsity and JV, eight of our young wrestlers picked up their first wins in high school.
“We have a long way to go on our skills and wrestling savvy, but we have great enthusiasm and the desire to learn and improve.”
Returning state qualifier Jacob Meyer had Boone Central’s top performance in varsity competition, placing 2nd at 135 pounds. Skyler Weber took 3rd in the 125-pound division and Bobby Stopak was 4th at 112.
“Jacob made the finals easily with two first-period pins and was beaten there by a South Dakota state placewinner,” Bonge noted. “Skyler showed improvement throughout the day and had two pins while going 3-1.
“Bobby was competitive in all three of his matches. He had a lead in his final match, but a crucial mistake sent it to overtime.
“Scott Joe had a 9-8 lead in his first match when he scored a headlock takedown and pin over the eventual 4th place wrestler. In his next two matches, Scott was beaten by the 2nd and 3rd place wrestlers. Sean Soll held on for a tough 4-2 victory in his second match.”
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