With two opens each in the match last night against the Marshall Owls at the Windsor gymnasium, the Boonville Pirates wrestling team needed to focus only on the nine remaining matches to pull out the victory.
Leading 27-24 after the first-nine matches, the Pirate wrestlers were now down to only four matches to record their first conference win of the season.
As it turned out, the Owls recorded wins in four out of the next-five matches for a 48-33 victory.
While the loss dropped Boonville to 3-7 overall and 0-3 in the NCMC, head coach Christian Stock said he thought his team wrestled a little flat last night.  
“The opens were even on each side and I knew we had our work cut out for us,” Stock said. “I told the guys going into it that we had to fight for every point because I felt we were evenly matched.  Unfortunately, we gave up some pins that I thought we should not have.  This is the time of year where we should be stretching matches out not getting pinned.  I will get a chance to talk to the team today at practice and let try to refocus us on the task ahead.”
The Pirate wrestlers will have little time to rest, with the Excelsior Springs Tournament on Saturday.
As for the match last night, it’s safe to say the Pirate wrestlers had their chances while going 5-4 in the first-nine matches.
While starting at 220, Boonville junior Haldan Toomsen raised his season record to 14-4 by beating Marshall’s Terry Fox by a score of 8-4.
But like most of the match, which was back and forth, Marshall came back with a pin in the 285-pound weight class with Sam Overturf winning by fall over Landon Bail in 31 seconds.
Forfeits dominated the next-four matches, with freshman Alan Wilkinson winning at 106 and Kurt Danner prevailing at 126. Marshall, meanwhile, picked up forfeits at 113 and 120.
Boonville and Marshall then traded matches, with senior Rory Concannon winning by fall over Cody Hostetter in the 132-pound weight class in 1:58. Then, at 138, freshman Remington Hammers lost by fall against Aaron Sims in 5:29.
But even that was short-lived as the Pirates came back with a win at 145, with freshman Wyatt Grizzle improving to 8-11 on the season with a pin against Marshall’s blake Koss in 1:41.
Meanwhile, at 152, sophomore Andrew Garrison lost by a fall against Chris Stephenson in 3:34.
The win by Stephenson also gave the Owls the lead for good in the match by a score of 30-27.
At 160, freshman Joel Concannon lost by a fall against Canaan Heinzler in 2:24. Then, at 170, senior Andrew Broyhill raised his season record to 12-3 by recording a first period pin against Ramone Horrera in 27 seconds.
Unfortunately for Boonville, Broyhill’s match was the last win for the Pirates as Marshall came back with pins at 182 and 195. In the 182-pound weight class, Lucas Gerke lost by fall against Tyler Edison in 1:39. Then, at 195, Keandre Anderson lost by fall in the second period against Tony Hostetter in 3:16.
In the junior varsity match, Boonville and Marshall split matches. Devin Bush won by a pin over Sam Brunner in the 195-pound weight class in 41 seconds while Brett Murray fell by pin against Colin Epinoza in the 170-pound weight class in 3:32.