At the start of Friday’s Moberly Dual Tournament, Boonville Pirates wrestling coach Christian Stock said he knew going in that the Pirates were only going to match up well with a couple of schools with the similar number of open positions.
While finishing 0-4 on Friday and 0-2 to start the day on Saturday, Stock felt his team’s best chance of winning was in the final-two matches against Centralia and St. Charles.
As it turned out, Stock was right as the Pirates edged Centralia 40-36 while beating St. Charles 42-24.
In matches on Friday, Boonville lost to Winfield 48-33, Affton 48-30, Moberly 65-15 and Chillicothe 53-24. Meanwhile, on Saturday, the Pirates fell to St. James 42-22 and Owensville 42-30 before beating both Centralia and St. Charles.
“This is why we focused on each wrestler getting better in every match that they wrestled and not the final outcome of most of the duals,” Stock said.  “There were four duals that I thought we had a legitimate chance of winning and we ended up splitting on those going 2-2.  It is hard to guess how the wrestlers are going to do since we only see most of these teams once a year.  I thought we competed well.  I really am impressed with some of our kids who were put in tough spots trying to fill a spot in the line-up where they are facing a wrestler who is a weight class or two above where we plan to be by the end of this year.  The bright spot from the tournament is seeing the kids compete no matter what the odds are.”
Senior Kyle Cook finished the tournament at 8-0 in the 220-pound weight class while Andrew Broyhill sported a record of 7-1 at 152 and 160, Rory Concannon 6-2 at 132 and 138, Halden Toomsen 5-2 at 285, Austin Hulbert 5-3 at 132 and 138, Brandon Ashpaugh 3-5 at 120, Morgan Browning 3-5 at 126, Andrew Garrison 3-5 at 152 and 160 and Dylan Snapp 2-6 at 145.
While competing at 220, Cook open the dual tournament with two straight forfeits against Winfield and Affton. Meanwhile, in the third round against Moberly, the senior grappler picked up his first win with a fall over Mickey Siers in 31 seconds. Then, in the fourth and final round on Friday, Cook won by a fall over Chillicothe’s Vinson Moore in 1:10.
Saturday opened pretty the same way for Cook, who picked up a forfeit against St. James. Then, after winning 7-6 over AJ Harrell of Owensville, Cook received another forfeit against Centralia. Then, to closeout the tournament, Cook won by a fall over Alex Woodward of St. Charles in 3:56.
As for Broyhill, the junior grappler opened the tournament in the 160-pound weight class with a fall over Winfield’s Kyle Lippmann in 27 seconds. Meanwhile, in the second round, Broyhill dropped down one weight class to 152 against Affton and won by a fall over Kalan Skinner-Ward in 53 seconds. Broyhill also wrestled 152 against Moberly and lost a close decision against Brennen Dixson in overtime 7-5. Then, in the final round against Chillicothe, Broyhill again won by a fall over Chillicothe’s Anthony Garcia in 2:30. On Saturday, Broyhill went 4-0 by winning by a fall over both Mason Ragland of St. James and John Perez of Owensville in 23 seconds and 39 seconds, respectively. Then, after winning by a major decision of Centralia’s Tyler Spurling 12-4, Broyhill came back and closed out the tournament with a fall over St. Charles’ Mason Kestner in 39 seconds.
Concannon, meanwhile, opened the tournament with six straight wins with a 8-3 decision over Winfield’s Eric Vevels, a fall over Affton’s Brice Logue in 1:04, a fall over Moberly’s Logan Johnson in 3:48, a fall over Quaid Jones of Chillicothe in 48 seconds and a major decision over St. James’ Seth Thompson 12-0. Then, in the match against Owensville, Concannon lost by a fall to Matt Pohlmann in 3:47. The junior grappler also lost by a fall over Ethan Leighton in 1:38. Meanwhile, in the final match, Concannon won by a fall over Josh Goldstein in 32 seconds.
While finishing 5-2 in the tournament, Halden Toomsen won four matches by forfeits and picked up a fall over St. James’ Marcus Bradshaw in 2:46. Austin Hulbert, meanwhile, won two matches by forfeits and three by falls against Billy Alley of Winfield in 37 seconds, Zach Daley of Chillicothe in 5:47 and Dorrian Ruffin of St. Charles in 1:17.
The Boonville Pirates wrestling team will hit the road again on Tuesday against Sedalia Smith-Cotton starting at 6 p.m.