Boonville wrestlers Andrew Broyhill and Haldan Toomsen went about business as usual Thursday during the opening round of the Missouri State High School Wrestling Championships at Mizzou Arena in Columbia.
After placing second in the district tournament last weekend in Bolivar,  Broyhill and Toomsen wasted little time moving on to the quarterfinal round on Friday after recording pins in their respective weight classes.
Broyhill, a two-time state qualifier, won by pin over Berkeley’s Jamal White in 4:51 in the 170-pound weight class. Toomsen, meanwhile, picked up a pin in the third period against Clayton’s Jared Garett in 3:29 in the 220-pound weight class.
Boonville Pirates wrestling coach Christian Stock said Broyhill wrestled a solid match against a kid that was obviously quite a bit stronger.
“We took a couple of our shots that we always finish but had a tough time finishing them,” Stock said. “We got in the groove of things but you could tell there were a little nerves out there on the mat. However once we got through that we ended up coming out on top.”
Although Broyhill wound up getting the pin in the second period, he actually pinned his opponent twice according to the official. But instead of walking away with a time at the end of the first period, Broyhill had to continue on while leading White 2-0.
Stock said it looked like it was awful close to time being out when they called the pin.
“Nobody was really counting it off to the official so it is what it is but I think they made the right call in all reality and looking at the clock and what happened,” Stock said. “It would have been nice to end it right there but we ended up wrestling three periods and getting the stick anyway. Andrew actually surprised me in the second period with a little hip toss that he threw. He made it pretty exciting because I haven’t seen that too many times in a match from him and to get that takedown there was a big point in that match to really put us up by points in the match.”
Of course Broyhill shook off the early pin.
“Stuff happens,” Broyhill said. “The kid came out doing upper body moves and I was prepared for him to be a double leg kind of kid but he was all upper body and he was muscling me around which intimated me in the first period but other than that I started getting used to him and started using his momentum against himself. It was a good start, though.”
Toomsen also had a good start against Garett while scoring the only takedown in the first period to go up 2-0. Meanwhile, in the second period, Toomsen picked up reversal and then took Garett down again before scoring the pin.
Stock said Toomsen did a real good job for being a first time qualifier.
“You always worry about the nerves getting to you in the first match of the day, but I thought he had a really solid match. I thought he had a little trouble at first getting the kid broke down but he was still solid.”
Toomsen said he just tried to control his match because it always seems to help him start the match better.
“He really wasn’t giving me his wrist or arm bar so once I went to the crossface the barbwire was right there,” Toomsen said. “It felt pretty good, though, to get my first win at state. I would like to get another win to make it to the semifinals. I just need to keep wrestling smart.”
As for their quarterfinal matches on Friday, Stock said he would like to see Broyhill and Toomsen both come out and wrestle well. “I really want to be sitting in the semifinals Friday night,” Stock said. “I think Haldan has his work cut out for him but Andrew should handle his next match pretty well and be in the semifinals.”