With just six matches out of 14 weight classes, one may get the impression that wrestling was obscure last night between the Boonville Pirates and Marceline Tigers.
While the Tigers recorded wins in four of those matches for a 39-36 victory, the Pirate wrestlers did everything they could to give the small crowd their monies worth with two pins.
Boonville also led Marceline 36-33 with just one match remaining. Unfortunately for the Pirates, they had no one to fill out the lineup in the 106 pound weight class to end the match with the three point loss.
While the loss dropped Boonville to 3-13 on the season, head coach Christian Stock said he felt like the team let one slip by against Marceline.
"I think for the most part we were a little sluggish on the mat," Stock said. "I am not sure if we have a bug going through the team or what. The standouts on the night would have to be Dylan Snapp with the fall over Nathan Moore and Nolan Murray with the fall over Michael Arnold. We are going to hit the practice room hard Friday and get ready for the Jim Wallace Classic in Fulton this weekend. Hope we can turn some of this stuff around."
While the match itself lasted a total of 40 minutes, Boonville and Marceline also combined for eight forfeits (Pirates open at 106, 113, 170 and 182; Tigers open at 126, 152, 182, 195 and 220).
Of course it didn't help that Boonville also dropped the first-two matches of the evening. With a forfeit at 113, the Pirate wrestlers also took a hit at 120 with sophomore Brandon Ashpaugh losing by fall against Lane White in 2:21.
Meanwhile, after junior Kenan Johnson picked up a forfeit for the Pirates at 126, Marceline came back with back-to-back wins at 132 and 138 to go up by a team score of 21-6. At 132, junior Rory Concannon lost by a 6-3 decision against Marceline's Austin Moudy. Meanwhile, at 145, sophomore Austin Hulbert lost by a pin against Nate Florine in 3:48.
Boonville and Marceline traded matches after that, with the junior Dylan Snapp winning by a fall over Nathan Moore in 1:20. Then, after junior Andrew Broyhill picked up a forfeit at 152, Marceline came back with another win as Bo Hustead recorded a second-period pin against freshman Andrew Garrison in 2:41.
Forfeits dominated the next-four matches. Marceline won by forfeit at 170 while both the Tigers and Boonville were open at 182. The Pirates then picked up back-to-back forfeits at 192 and 220 to cut the team lead down to three at 33-30.
Meanwhile, in the 285-pound weight class, junior Nolan Murray rallied from a 4-2 deficit after the second period to record a third-period pin against Michael Arnold in 4:36.
Murray's pin also gave the Pirates their first lead of the match by a score of 36-33. Unfortunately for Boonville, they had the final open at 106 which proved to be the difference in the match.
Page 2 of 2 - As for individual records for the season, senior Kyle Cook currently stands at 28-2 overall. Andrew Broyhill, meanwhile, has a record of 23-9 with Kenan Johnson and Halden Toomsen each at 9-4, Brandon Ashpaugh at 10-12, Austin Hulbert at 13-18, Rory Concannon at 11-19, Dylan Snapp at 7-21, Andrew Garrison at 6-19 and Nolan Murray at 4-13.
The Boonville Pirates wrestling team will compete in the Jim Wallace Classic in Fulton on Saturday, Jan. 19th starting at 9 a.m.
Teams competing in the tournament along with Boonville are: Odessa, Fulton, Marshall, Moberly, Osage, Center, Priory, Clayton and Winfield.
The top-three wrestlers in each weight class will receive medals. Champions will receive old school tournament brackets.