Boone Central hopes to use strong performances in a pair of major meets as a springboard to success in upcoming sub-district and district competition.
The Cardinals honed their skills and fitness for the looming postseason by placing runner-up in the 2021 Mid-State Conference Championships Thursday at Pierce and Saturday’s Boone Central ‘Dale Bonge’ Invitational.
Now, it’s do-or-done.
Close. So close.
The Boone Central Cardinals fell just seven points shy of host Pierce Thursday, finishing runner-up in the annual Mid-State Conference Championships.
Class B Top 10 Pierce scored 178 points to come out on top of a three-team battle for the 2021 conference crown, followed closely by Boone Central (171) and O’Neill (167.5).
The Cardinals did have two individual conference champions – freshman Carson Wood (113) and junior Gavin Dozler (120) – and placed 12 wrestlers in the top four of their respective weight classes. An added highlight was Dozler capturing the 100th win of his high school career.
“We fell short of rated Pierce. I felt like we left a lot of points off the board,” said Cardinal Coach Josh Majerus. “Some teams got hot and knocked off some of our guys, and the team score showed it. It’s a great learning experience heading into districts.
“On another note, we had 12 wrestlers place in the top four of their weight classes. We had two Cardinals place in the top four at 138 pounds.
“Carson Wood beat two rated athletes to win a conference title. Gavin also wins his second conference title and gets his 100th career win. Gavin is really learning how to dominate his competition and is doing well.”
Dale Bonge Invitational
Boone Central did defeat Pierce in Saturday’s Boone Central ‘Dale Bonge’ Invitational in Albion, but couldn’t stay with Aquinas, ranked #3 in the NSWCA Class C Top 10.
Aquinas won the Bonge Invite title with 272.5 points. Boone Central (211) was runner-up, followed by Mid-State Conference rivals O’Neill (198) and Pierce (189).
“The boys wrestled tough in a tough tournament,” Majerus succinctly praised.
Boone Central will next compete in the C1-A Sub-District at David City Saturday. The Cardinals will host the C1 District Feb. 13.
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