The Boonville Pirates wrestling team opened the 2013 season with mixed results in a dual meet last night at Marshall against both the Tipton Cardinals and Marshall Owls.
While beating the Cardinals 48-30, the Pirates came back in the second dual against the Owls by dropping 11 out of 14 weight classes (three opens) for a 60-21 setback.
Boonville wrestling coach Christian Stock said the kids wrestled some good matches and work some of the rust out of the system in this dual against Tipton.
“You could really tell that this was the first match after Christmas Break,” Stock said. “We made some mistakes but recovered from them and moved on. Dylan Snapp and Austin Hulbert both wrestled really good matches in this dual.”
The Pirates never trailed in the match against Tipton, with Austin Hulbert starting the evening in the 138-pound weight class with a fall over Chance Baker in 1:06.
The rest of the Pirate wrestlers followed suit, with Dylan Snapp winning by fall over Wyatt Parker in 3:13 in the 145-pound weight class. Meanwhile, at 152, junior Andrew Broyhill won by a fall over Earl Price in 29 seconds.
Tipton didn’t go down without a fight, though. At 160, Tipton’s Ethan Gibson won by a pin over Andrew Tutin in 14 seconds. The Cardinals then picked up two forfeits at 170 and 182 to tie the match at 18-all.
At 195, Halden Toomsen gave the Pirates the lead back by pinning Dallas Peoples in 2:48. Then, in the 220-pound weight class, senior Kyle Cook won by a fall over Charles Walsh in 2:54.
Of course the Cardinals got two wins back at 285 and 113. At 285, Cleven Kelleing won by a fall over Nolan Murray in 3:34. Then, after both teams were open at 106, Tipton came back with a forfeit at 113 to tie the match for a second time at 30-30.
The Cardinals never got any closer in the match as Brandon Ashpaugh and Kenan Johnson won by forfeits at 120 and 126 to extend the team lead to 42-30. Meanwhile, in the 132-pound weight class, junior Rory Concannon won by a fall over Mathew Bagwill in 3:10.
In the match against Marshall it was just the opposite, with the Owls opening the match with a win at 145 with Tyler Morrison pinning Dylan Snapp in 1:36.
Meanwhile, in the 152-pound weight class, Broyhill picked up his second win of the night with a pin against Chris Stephenson in 1:58.
Unfortunately for the Pirates, they never got any closer in the match as Marshall came back with four straight wins at 160, 170, 182 and 195. In the 160-pound weight class, Tutin lost by a fall against Nick Harper in 1:49. Then, after forfeits at 170 and 182, the Owls extended their lead to 30-6 with Tyler Edison winning by a pin over Halden Toomsen in 3:46.
The wins were few and far between for the Pirates after that, with Cook winning by fall over William Hostetter in the 220-pound weight class in 2:39. Johnson picked up the only other win for Boonville with a 11-5 decision over Alex Higgenbotham in the 126-pound weight class.
With forfeits at 106 and 113, the Pirate wrestlers also dropped match at 285 with Murray losing by fall to Berry Benedick in 50 seconds, Concannon losing by fall to Aaron Sims in 3:51 at 132 and Austin Hulbert losing by a fall to Canaan Heinzler in 1:11 in the 138-pound weight class.
Stock said Marshall is on the way up.
“They have really improved from last year and are only one short of having a full line-up,” Stock said. “They matched up well with our strengths in the line-up and capitalized on that. We knew going into this dual that we were going to be down 18 points. Again the strength of their line-up matched the strengths in ours. Kenan Johnson wrestled a really good match and won his first varsity decision of the year. Andrew Broyhill also wrestled a good match tonight. As a team we are continuing the hard work in the wrestling room and striving to get better every single match that we wrestle.”
In the only JV match against Marshall, freshman Morgan Browning won by a fall in 1:56.
The Boonville Pirates wrestling team will compete in the Excelsior Springs Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 5 starting at 9 a.m. The Pirates JV team, meanwhile, will compete in the Sedalia Smith-Cotton Rookie Roundup on Saturday starting at 9.