The Boonville Pirates wrestling team gave the senior wrestlers a farewell in grand style Wednesday night in NCMC action against the Kirksville Tigers.
Unfortunately for Boonville, the Tiger wrestlers weren’t so giving while picking up just enough wins by forfeits, plus four regular matches to beat the Pirates 45-30.
While the loss dropped Boonville to 3-10 overall and 0-6 in the conference, head coach Christian Stock said he thought his team wrestled extremely well.
“We had an open I was not expecting on Monday,” Stock said. “Carson Bail got an injury in practice and is out for the rest of the season. I knew we would have to just about win out to win the dual. Josh Polk recorded his first varsity win in a match, which is another example of us moving in the right direction. It was Senior Night and all the seniors that had matches won. Keandre (Anderson) caught an open. I think the match of the night was Gerke’s match. We wrestled Gillespie at Pleasant Hill and lost 6-2. Going into the third period tied 0-8 I really felt like we had a good chance of winning. I have been impressed with Lucas’s conditioning and how it has been top notch all season.
“We have also been concentrating on making something happen in close matches like take chances and push the issue. Lucas did exactly that and came out on top. I have never seen him hit that move in a match but I have seen him do it in practice. Overall, I am impressed with how we wrestled and that the seniors went out on positive matches.”
All three seniors (Wyatt Grizzle, Joel Concannon and Lucas Gerke) won their matches against Kirksville.
Grizzle, competing in the 170-pound weight class, won by fall against Kirksville’s Reed Athon in 1:31 to improve to 9-7. As for Concannon, the 182-pound grappler improved to 19-4 on the season by blanking Kirksville’s Vin Kriegshauser 7-0. Meanwhile, in the most exciting match of the night, Gerke and Kirksville’s Colton Gillespie battled to a 0-0 tie for the first-two periods. Then, after Gillespie went up 1-0 on an escape, Gerke came back and scored the next-five points with a takedown and nearfall for a 5-1 victory.
The win was Gerke’s 18th of the season in 30 matches.
The only other win for the Pirate wrestlers, who actually ended up splitting four matches with Kirksville, came in the 138-pound weight class as freshman Josh Polk won by a fall against Kirksville’s Morgan Wilcox in 3:42.
In other matches, Heath Danner lost by a fall against Aiden Sizemore in the 120-pound weight class in 3:17. At 145, Gavin Vollmer lost by a tech fall against Tyler Davis 15-0. At 152, Charlie Pumel lost by a major decision against Tanner Sparks 18-4. Meanwhile, at 160, Dakota Rapp lost by a fall against Thialer Jones in 1:07.
Boonville was open at 106, 113, 126 and 132 while Kirksville was open at 113, 220 and 285.
The following are updated records of individuals on the Boonville Pirates wrestling team: 113-Heath Danner, 7-8; 120-Carson Bail, 2-14; 138-Josh Polk, 3-13; 145-Gavin Vollmer, 3-16; 152-Charlie Pumel, 31-6; 160-Dakota Rapp, 1-6; 170-Wyatt Grizzle, 9-7; 182-Joel Concannon, 19-4; 195-Lucas Gerke, 18-12; 220-Gabe Rumbaoa, 32-3; 285-Keandre Anderson, 23-11.  
The Boonville Pirates wrestling team will compete in the Richmond Spartan Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 4th.
Teams competing in the tournament along with Boonville are: Chillicothe, Excelsior Springs, Hogan Prep, Holden, Maysville, Mexico, Richmond, Ruskin, South Harrison, Winnetonka.
Wrestling will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Note: Wrestlers will be placed into two pools of six wrestlers or less for round-robin competition.