The Moberly Spartans wrestling team proved why they are one of the top teams in the North Central Missouri Conference this season.
While hosting the Boonville Pirates last night in NCMC action, the Spartans recorded wins in 11 out of 14 weight classes, four by forfeits, for a convincing 62-17 victory.
“We struggled a little tonight,” said Boonville wrestling coach Christian Stock. “I felt like as a team we were in a funk.  We were making some mistakes that we should not be making on the mat.  The only good thing about that is that we have three day s of practice before we have to wrestle again on Saturday.  This will be the first time in about a month that we get to have that many practices in a row before a competition.  Andrew Broyhill continued his streak of good wrestling tonight by tech falling Brennan Dixson.  Kenan Johnson and Kyle Cook also wrestle very well this evening both of them winning with a pin.”
Of course it’s never good to start a match with back-to-back forfeits, which is exactly what Boonville did in the 106 and 113-pound weight classes. But then to make matters worse, the Pirates also lost in the 120-pound weight class with freshman Brandon Ashpaugh losing by a fall against Derian Inlow in 1:24.
Trailing 18-0 after the first-three matches, the Pirate wrestlers finally got on the board in the 126-pound weight class with sophomore Kenan Johnson winning by fall over Alec Dayton in 2:29.
Unfortunately for Boonville, the wins were few and far between as Moberly strung together three more wins at 132, 138 and 145 to go up by a score of  35-6. At 132, Rory Concannon lost by fall against John Heiman in 3:10. Sophomore Austin Hulbert also lost by a fall against Dominick Guthrie in the 138-pound weight class in 1:15. Meanwhile, at 145, Dylan Snapp lost by a technical fall against Travis Gittemeier by a score of 19-4.
With only three wins on the night for Boonville, junior Andrew Broyhill got the Pirates back in the win column in the 152-pound weight class with a technical fall over Brennan Dixson 18-3.
But even that was short-lived as Moberly picked up four more wins at 160, 170, 182 and 195 to extend the lead to 56-11. At 160, Andrew Tutin lost by a fall against Blake Joiner in 1:52. Meanwhile, after back-to-back forfeits at 170 and 182, Moberly’s Jaylen Troy won by a decision over Halden Toomsen by a score of 10-4.
Of course there was no denying the Pirates in the 220-pound weight class, as senior Kyle Cook continued his winning ways with a first period pin against Mickey Sires in 47 seconds. Then, to closeout the match at heavyweight, junior Nolan Murray lost by a fall against Jeff Kinder in 1:57.
The Boonville Pirates wrestling team will compete in the Warsaw Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 12.
Teams competing in the tournament along with Boonville are: Marshfield, Clinton, Adrian, Versailles, Butler, Tipton, Marceline, Diamond, Warsaw, Blair Oaks, Sherwood, Centralia, Lone Jack, Tolton Catholic and School of the Osage.