The Boonville Pirates wrestling team may have finished near the bottom in the North Central Missouri Conference for the 2012-13 season. But if you consider that the Pirates had four and sometimes five opens during matches,  they battled night in and night out just the same against some of the best teams in the conference.
In the final-team standings, Kirksville captured first at 6-0. Fulton, meanwhile, finished second at 5-1, followed by Moberly, Mexico and Hannibal each tied at 3-3, Marshall at 1-5 and Boonville at 0-6.
Boonville Pirates wrestling coach Christian Stock said the season as a whole was a little bit rough.
 “We knew as  a team going into it that we would struggle with a number of opens in our line-up,” Stock said. “We had a large number of Sophomore and Freshman wrestlers out this season that will return next season.  A lot of those wrestlers had never wrestled before or had very little wrestling experience.  We focused on getting better each match we wrestled and building a strong foundation for next season.  When did just that and plan to move forward from there.”
Despite finishing 5-18 in duals this season, the Pirate wrestlers still had two members selected to the all-conference team. Junior Andrew Broyhill, who just recently finished with a record of 2-2 at the state tournament, was selected first-team all-conference in the 152-pound weight class. Meanwhile, in the 220-pound weight class, senior Kyle Cook was named to the second team.
Stock said the conference as a whole really performed well this season as usual.
 “I think a lot of people who followed wrestling felt like when we got out of the MRVC and joined the NCMC we were not going to get the competition that we had in the past,” Stock said. “I will tell you that I feel like we are in one of the toughest conferences in the state when it comes to wrestling.  Marshall and Boonville are the only two teams that were not in the top 15 of Class 2 or 3.  Fulton finished second and Kirksville fifth in Class 2.  I am not sure how many medalist but there were many.  This just goes to show how strong the conference it is.”
While finishing the season with a record of 36-11 overall, Broyhill  also beat the odds after sitting out the entire 2011-12 season with a series of concussions.
But even then, the junior grappler was the only member of the team to capture first at the Class 2 District 3 Tournament in Clinton and finish the conference season unbeaten.
As for the season, Broyhill ranked first on the team in two categories with most decisions with 11 and most escapes with 36. He also tied Cook and Rory Concannon for most major decisions with three and finished second in six other categories for most falls with 18, most takedowns with 58, most two-point nearfalls with 11 and most tech falls with one (Cook). He was also third with most three-point nearfalls with 10 and most defaults with one.
Stock said Broyhill  had a great conference this season.  
“He won all his conference matches at 152 this season,” Stock said.  “The only match in conference he did not wrestle was against Fulton.  He had a great year.  He cannot be happy just be happy about this season.  He will have to prepare for next season and be a leader in the room next year.  I am sure he is ready to get back to state and wrestle again next season.  I plan on keeping him thinking about next season throughout this spring summer and next fall.  I look for big things from him next season.”
Cook also went out on a good note while finishing second in the 220-pound weight class at state.
While closing out the season at 42-5 overall, the senior grappler also took second at districts.
Stock said Cook also dropped only two conference matches the last-two years and both were to the same individual, Kyle Muehring of Hannibal, who qualified for state as a freshman and finished fourth as a sophomore this year in Class 3.
Cook also ranked first in six categories this season for Boonville for most wins with 42, most three-point nearfalls with 29, most falls with 25, most major decisions with three, most takedowns with 82, most two-point nearfalls with 16 and most forfeits with six (Halden Toomsen). He also finished second with most decisions with seven and most tech falls with one, third with  most reversals with 11 and fifth with most escapes with 13.
“Kyle led the team in the majority of offensive categories,” Stock said. “He won over 80 matches in two seasons and only nine losses.  He was a state qualifier last season and got knocked out in the bubble round before medals and came back this year as runner up at 220.  Tough to see him go.”