On paper the Boonville Pirates wrestling team lost to the Hannibal Pirates Tuesday night on the road by a score of 57-24.
However if you take away the number of forfeits by Boonville, head coach Christian Stock said the actual score of the match would have been a lot closer.
With five forfeits on the night compared to just one for Hannibal, Stock said take all of the opens out on both sides and the score would have been 27-18.
“I know I sound like a broken record but the opens really take a toll on us,” Stock said. “We still lose the match but the score is definitely more reasonable. I am not justifying the loss by any means, I just want to put things into perspective. Some positives on the night would be our sophomore in the 120-pound weight class and our freshman at 160, who both won their first varsity dual match.
“We are getting better little by little just as I said early in the season and this is what we have to focus on. We are young and are going to have to take really small steps. As of right now this is definitely what I feel we are doing. I see the little improvements on an individual basis and try to focus each of the wrestlers on how important they are. We will continue to work hard in the room on the basic fundamentals to make us better. I was really impressed with the room on the basic fundamentals to make us better. I was really impressed with Brandon and Andrew, with them both being new to the program at the high school level. I told the team before the match that every point was important and we had to fight for every one of them.”
The Pirates were definitely in the match early on against Hannibal. While giving up forfeits at 106 and 113, Boonville battled back to tie the match at 12-all after picking up wins at 120 and 126. At 120, sophomore Brandon Ashpaugh won by a fall over Tyler Leake in 45 seconds. Meanwhile at 126, freshman Morgan Browning picked up a forfeit to tie the match at 12-12.
Boonville never got any closer as Hannibal came back with three straight wins at 132, 138 and 145 to go up by a score of 30-12. At 132, Austin Hulbert lost by a fall to Tyler Janes in 3:34. Meanwhile, at 138, Rory Concannon was pinned in the third period against Eli Ratliff in 5:24. Also at 145, Dylan Snapp lost by a fall in the first period against Colby Collings in 1:41.
Now trailing 30-12 at the halfway point in the match, the Pirates came back and picked up two more wins at 152 and 160, with junior Andrew Broyhill winning by fall over Noah Ratliff in 3:07. Meanwhile, at 160, freshman Andrew Garrison picked up a second-period pin against Kris Ruddell in 3:17 to cut the lead to six at 30-24.
Unfortunately for Boonville, the Pirates (Hannibal) dominated the rest of the match while picking up forfeits at 170, 182 and 195. Meanwhile, at 220, senior Kyle Cook lost a close decision against Kyle Muehring by a score of 51-24.
Hannibal also closed out the evening the same way the started when Jake Borgmeyer recorded a second-period pin against senior Brennan Hammers in 3:00.
In junior varsity action, Devlin Carter lost by a fall against Nick Meyer in 5:49 in the 138-pound weight class. At 220, Halden Toomsen won by a fall over Brad Dillman in 2:30. Meanwhile, at 285-pound weight class, Ethan Hein lost by a fall against Keyana Strickland in 2:55.
The Boonville Pirates wrestling team will compete next on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14-15 in the Moberly Tournament.