Gear up for districts Friday and Saturday in Clinton
After finishing second in pool play with a record of 2-1 Saturday during the Lexington Dual Tournament, the Boonville Pirates wrestling team knew the cards may be stacked again them against the second place finishers from Pool A and B.
While giving up 24 points on forfeits in the first-three duals, the Pirate wrestlers also received some more bad news when sophomore Halden Toomsen had to default for the rest of the tournament after sustaining an injury in the third match against Tipton. So now while looking at five forfeits out of 14 weight classes, the Pirate wrestlers would also be surrendering 30 points right out of the gate for the remainder of the tournament. That proved to be too much in a 48-36 loss against Higginsville and a 47-10 setback against the Clinton Cardinals.
As for the first-three duals, Boonville opened the tournament with a 46-25 loss against Trenton but bounced back with back-to-back wins over Knob Noster and Tipton by the scores of 42-36 and 40-30, respectively.
Boonville wrestling coach Christian Stock said all in all not a bad weekend. "We had some really good matches for all the wrestlers," Stock said. "Again being a dual format we knew we had our work cut out for us. I feel like we competed well head to head in most of the duals. We did lose a wrestler to an injury in the dual against Tipton. Halden Toomsen fractured his finger and will not be able to compete in districts because of it. We are continuing to get better every time we wrestle and have to be at our best for this coming weekend when we have districts at Clinton on Friday and Saturday."
Of course nobody had a better tournament than junior Andrew Broyhill in the 152-pound weight class. While finishing the dual tournament undefeated in five matches, Broyhill also raised his season record to 30-9 overall.
Senior Kyle Cook, junior Rory Concannon and sophomore Austin Hulbert each finished the tournament at 4-1 while Dylan Snapp was 3-2, Brandon Ashpaugh and Kenan Johnson each 2-3 and Andrew Garrison and Nolan Murray 1-4.
In the match against Trenton, the Pirate wrestlers recorded wins in four out of 14 matches. Picking up wins for Boonville were Brandon Ashpaugh in the 120-pound weight class over Colby Weaver 20-6, Hulbert by fall over Caleb Faegins in 5:09 in the 138-pound weight class, Broyhill with a 6-3 decision over Mason Mounce in the 152-pound weight class and Cook with a forfeit at 220.
In the second match against Knob Noster, the Pirate wrestlers won seven matches-three by forfeits.
Recording wins for Boonville were Concannon with a 3-0 decision over Jacob Jungnitsch, Hulbert by fall over Marshall Munson in 1:19, Toomsen with a 10-4 decision over Cody Sellers and Cook with a fall over Derek Morgan in 4:56. Johnson, Snapp, Broyhill and Murray all received forfeits.
In the final match of pool play against Tipton, the Pirate wrestlers again picked up wins in seven matches, three by forfeits.
Recording wins for Boonville were Concannon by fall over Nathan Bagwell (no time listed), Hulbert by major decision over Wyatt Parker 14-5, Broyhill by fall over Erle Price in 1:20 and Cook by fall over Charles Walsh in 1:53. Ashpaugh, Johnson and Snapp all won by forfeits.
In the fourth match against the Huskers, Boonville led at one point by a score of 30-6 after the 160-pound weight class but then surrendered 30 points on forfeits in five out of the next-seven matches to suffer the loss.
Picking up wins in the match against Higginsville were Concannon by fall over Nathan Hursman in 1:43, Hulbert by fall over Ryan Overstreet in 1:21, Snapp by fall over Dylan Scaller in 45 seconds, Broyhill by fall over Trey Allen in 3:18, Garrison by fall over Cameron Lee in 2:25 and Cook by fall over Spence Lane in 2:36.
In the final match against Clinton, the Pirate wrestlers led briefly after Concannon recorded a major decision over Grant Wirsigg 12-0 to make it 4-0. However it was pretty much Clinton the rest of the way with 10 wins in 11 matches for the victory.
The only other winner for Boonville was Broyhill by fall over Bradley Brammell in 3:15.
Cook also suffered a rare loss against Clinton's Logan Nold by a score of 13-10.
The Boonville Pirates wrestling team will compete next in the Class 2 District 3 Tournament on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8-9 at Clinton.
Matches will start on Friday at 5:30 p.m. and 10 a.m. on Saturday. Only the top four wrestlers will move on to the state tournament Feb. 14-16 at Mizzou Arena in Columbia.
Teams competing in the district along with Boonville are: Bolivar, Buffalo, Clinton, Harrisonville, Logan-Rogersville, Marshall, Monett, Nevada, Osage, Owensville, Pleasant Hill, Reeds Springs and St. James.