The Boonville Pirates wrestling team had another one of those matches, where on paper they wrestled toe to toe with the Sedalia Smith-Cotton Tigers  Tuesday night in Sedalia only to lose by a score of 51-26.
With five forfeits in the match, which accounted for 30 of Smith-Cotton’s 51 points, Boonville wrestling coach Christian Stock said the Pirates wound up splitting with the Tigers with four wins each.
“If you take out all of the opens for both teams we lost by one point, 21-20,” Stock said. “I am pleased with our performance when you look at it like that. This is what I try to show the wrestlers that is how we have to evaluate the duals that we wrestle with all the open points that we gave up. We will focus on the fundamentals over Christmas break and prepare to go to Marshall on the third of the New Year and dual them and Tipton. I am still looking to fill one position on the varsity with a 195 pounder. I was proud of the wrestlers because they competed very well with a school that is a class above us in the state.”
While starting the match at 120, the Tigers picked up two quick wins with Luke Archibeque pinning Brandon Ashpaugh in 1:56 and Caleb Hurley winning by a fall over Morgan Browning in the 126-pound weight class in 2:47.
Meanwhile, at 132, junior Rory Concannon won by a major decision over Tanner Proctor 9-1.
The Pirates also picked up four more team points in the 138-pound weight class when Austin Hulbert won by a major decision over Collin Debow 12-4.
Then, at 145, Boonville took advantage of Smith-Cotton’s only forfeit to lead the Tigers for the only time in the match 14-12.
But even that was short-lived as Smith-Cotton came back and picked up wins at 152, 160, 170, 182 and 195. At 152, freshman Andrew Garrison lost by fall to Noah Aziere in 1:00. Meanwhile, at 160, Andrew Broyhill lost by a 4-0 decision against Jacob Weeks.
Of course it didn’t help that Boonville also forfeited matches at 170, 182 and 195 to trail the Tigers by a score of 39-14.
However, in the 220-pound weight class, senior Kyle Cook got the Pirates back in the win column by recording a second period pin against Kyler Tabor in 3:39.
Junior Nolan Murray also picked up a win in the 285-pound weight class by pinning Dylan Keele in 3:08.
Unfortunately for Boonville, they never got any closer while giving up back-to-back forfeits at 106 and 113.
Stock said Concannon and Hulbert wrestled very good matches against their opponents and came out with major decisions.
“Andrew Broyhill also wrestled a tough match and lost by a decision to a potential state qualifier in Class 3,” Stock said. “Kyle Cook also wrestled a good match that ended with a pin, as did Nolan Murray, who pinned his opponent to score us a total of 26 points.”
In junior varsity action, where Boonville had a little better luck, Halden Toomsen won by a fall over Berry Monteer in 3:14 while Ethan Hein pinned Sam Kindle in 1:12.
The Boonville Pirates wrestling team will compete next on Thursday, Jan. 3 at Marshall starting at 6 p.m.