Despite missing one of its leading point scorers, the youthful Boone Central wrestling team showed steps of improvement with a 9th place finish in the big Madison Invitational Friday.
The Cardinals were just four points back of 8th place Wisner-Pilger and Coach Dale Bonge said it wasn’t much of a stretch to envision an even higher finish.
“Placing in the middle of the pack of a 17-team meet without the services of consistent point scorer Jake Meyer is a feather in the cap for the young Cardinals,” Bonge praised.
“We still had several opportunities where we were doing well in a match, then an error of some type cost us a victory, but we are doing that less and less as the season progresses,” he noted. “Finishing correctly on a couple of those opportunities would have conceivably bumped our team standing a couple of places. Throw in Jake’s potential points and we are looking at a possible top five finish.
“Everyone had a great effort and we can find something positive each guy did in the meet that shows improvement.”
Boone Central was led by freshman Skyler Weber, who placed 2nd at 125 pounds. Bobby Stopak captued 3rd at 112, Jackson Meyer was 4th in the 103 class and Sean Soll tied for 5th/6th at 160 (both wrestlers having reached the 5-match-per-day limit).
“All four place winners stepped up their game enough to be considered our ‘Wrestler of the Meet’, but the nod goes to Sean for his tremendous improvement,” Bonge said. “Sean had his best showing ever, going 3-2 with three pins to win his first varsity medal.
“Bobby continues to lead the team in wins and was 4-1 on the day. His only loss was to the #2 rated wrestler in Class D by three points. Jackson also had an impressive outing, going 4-1. Jackson had three pins and a major decision, but he reached the match limit for the day and was forced to forfeit the 3rd place match.
“Skyler was our highest place winner,” Bonge continued. “He put himself in a lot of good positions to score in the finals against the #2 wrestler in Class C, but the guy countered Skyler’s attacks well.
“Kody Sock, Scott Joe and Mitch Patzel all won a match to contribute to the team score, as well.”
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