Boonville wrestlers Andrew Broyhill and Kyle Cook punched their tickets to the quarterfinal round of the Missouri State High School Wrestling Championships Thursday at Mizzou Arena in Columbia.
While competing in the 152-pound weight class, Broyhill won by a 7-2 decision over Mexico's Sam Fayad. As for Cook, who competed in the 220-pound weight class, he won by a fall over Sumner's Marvin Brown in the third period in 5:11.
Boonville Pirates wrestling coach Christian Stock said it was great to go 2-0 on the first day.
"It's what we were hoping for," stated Stock. "They achieved everything that I wanted today so we will go home and get ready for the next round and come back and see what happens."
Broyhill, who entered the tournament at 34-9 overall, wasted little time in his match against Fayad while picking up a takedown in the first period to go up 2-0. Then, after Fayad scored on an escape in the second period to make it 2-1, Broyhill came back with a reversal and a three-point nearfall in the final period to round out the scoring.
Despite the five-point win, Broyhill said he wrestled a really tough opponent.
"The last time I wrestled him I only beat him by two points and that was with a takedown the last five seconds of the match so just to go out there and do better than what I did the first time I am really proud of myself for that," Broyhill said. "After Fayad came back and cut the lead to one I thought everything started to click after that. I was starting to tire a little bit but I pushed through. I can do better, though. As the weekend progresses I will do a lot better."
Stock said he thought Broyhill came out focused in his match against Fayad.
"We watched the match the night before and we talked about it a little bit and we didn't feel like we were aggressive enough when we wrestled him at Mexico," Stock said. "However, I thought Andrew came out focused on what he knew he could do to him and not try to defend what he was going to do to us and I think that was the difference in the match. We came out and went after him and it paid off for us with a couple of nice takedowns and some back points and things like that and Andrew really controlled the match from start to finish."
As for Cook, the senior grappler had a little easier time against Brown while leading 7-0 after the first period with a takedown, two-point nearfall and three-point nearfall. Meanwhile, after picking up another takedown in the second period to go up 9-0, Cook came back with an escape and another takedown to make it 12-0 before finally picking up the pin with 49 seconds left in the match.
Page 2 of 2 - Cook said after the match that he wishes he could have gotten a quicker pin. "He was stout on the bottom," Cook said of Brown, "so I just had to do what I had to do to get the win. It feels great, though. I just wanted to come out and get the first win and get that under my feet and hopefully just calm my nerves a little bit. Overall I was happy with my first match but I thought I was kind of tentative."
Stock said the Sumner wrestler was really strong.
"I think his strength surprised us a little bit," Stock said. "But I am glad to see that we finished with a pin instead of getting a technical fall just because I like to see Cookie do that. I thought he held the upperhand in the match the whole time."
After the first round and first-round wrestlebacks on Thursday, Brookfield led in the team standings with 30.5 points. Whitfield was second with 28 points, followed by Blair Oaks with 24, Herculaneum with 23 and Lawson and Seneca tied for fifth place with 22.
In Class 2, Oak Grove led after the first-two rounds with 30.5 points. Smithville was second with 28 while Fulton, Kirksville and St. Charles West were all tied with 27.
Mexico was tied for ninth with 20 points, followed by Moberly in 17th place with 11 points, Marshall in 21st place with 8.5 points and Boonville in 27th place with 6 points.
In Class 3, Neosho led after two rounds with 45 points. Platte County was second with 30 points, followed by Washington with 26 and Farmington and Kearney tied for fourth with 24 points. Hannibal stood in 13th place with 12 points.
Meanwhile, in Class 4, Park Hill led after Day 1 with 30 points. Timberland was second with 29 points, followed by Blue Springs with 24, Holt with 21.5 and Park Hill South with 21.