Knowing that they were already down 30-0 going into Tuesday night’s match against the Mexico Bulldogs, the Boonville Pirates wrestling team wanted nothing more than to closeout the night with at least a split.
Although the Bulldogs wound up winning the match 48-21, the Pirate wrestlers did get a split by winning four out of eight matches.
While the loss dropped Boonville to 3-14 overall and 0-5 in the NCMC, head coach Christian Stock said his team wrestled well against a good team.
“We had some guys step up and score some points for us tonight,” Stock said, “and some others that lost some very close matches in hard fought battles.  We definitely stepped it up a little tonight.  Andre Garrison, Halden Toomsen and Kyle Cook all won by falls.  Andre Broyhill wrestled a very tight match that was tied in the last period and scored a takedown with 1 second on the clock in the third period to win the match7-5.  Rory Concannon and Nolan Murray wrestled some very tight matches as well but came up short in the end.  I am pleased with our performance on an individual basis.  We still have a couple of kids with illness and injuries that we hope to get back in the lineup for next week with Kirksville on senior night.”
Of course you knew it was going to be one of those nights again for the Pirates while giving up forfeits at 106, 113, 120, 145, 170 and 182.
Meanwhile, after starting the night with three straight opens, the Pirate grapplers also took hits by dropping the next-four matches as well with Kenan Johnson losing by fall against Jordan Jones in the 126-pound weight class in 1:21. Meanwhile, after junior Rory Concannon lost a 2-1 decision against Spencer Freeman at 132, sophomore Austin Hulbert dropped his match against Ethan Musgrove by pin in 4:30 in the 138-pound weight class.
Of course it got worse before it got better for Boonville while giving up a forfeit at 145 to trail in the match by a score of 33-0.;
Nonetheless, the Pirate wrestlers battled back with two straight wins with junior Andrew Broyhill winning by a 7-5 decision over Sam Fayad in the 152-pound weight class. Meanwhile, at 160, freshman Andrew Garrison won by a fall in the second period against Dalton Lagerman in 3:40.
The win improved Broyhill’s record to 24-9 overall while Garrison raised his record to 7-21.
Unfortunately for Boonville, they couldn’t build on those two wins while giving up back-to-back forfeits again at 170 and 182 to trail by a score of 45-15.
The Pirates didn’t go down without a fight, though. With no chance to win the match, Boonville continued to battle on the mat while picking up its third win of the night at 195 with Halden Toomsen (10-6) prevailing over Jaylen Lee by fall in 1:52.
Then, at 220, senior Kyle Cook  raised his season record to 31-2 with a first-period pin against John Lummis in 1:50.
Trailing 45-21 after Cook’s match, the Pirate wrestlers had just one match left to leave their mark on the Bulldogs. However, in the heavyweight division, Mexico’s Matt Paulsey won by a 6-4 decision over junior Nolan Murray.
In the JV match, Boonville and Mexico split two matches each.
Recording wins for Boonville were freshman Morgan Browning by fall over Blake James in 3:53 in the 126-pound weight class and Greg Harris by fall over Tommy Koppinger in 3:06 at 152. In other matches, Trenton Gerard lost by fall in the 160-pound weight class against Dylan Goodman in 56 seconds. Meanwhile, at 285, Ethan Hein lost by a fall against Zach Manns in 3:09.
Browning also wrestled an exhibition match against Payton Samuelson, losing by a fall in 1:55.
The Boonville Pirates wrestling team will host the Kirksville Tigers on Senior-Parents Night on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at the Windsor gymnasium starting at 6 p.m.