The Boonville Pirates wrestling team had another tough outing Tuesday night at home against the Hannibal Pirates.
While the Pirates recorded wins in just two out of nine matches in a 54-15 loss, head coach Christian Stock said he felt the team wrestled tough but just came out on the wrong side of the matches.
The loss dropped Boonville to 2-4 overall and 0-2 in the NCMC.
“Hannibal is always been a tough grinding team,” Stock said. “I thought we hung with them in several of the matches we lost but just could not close the gap in the score to win. They also took advantage of the opportunities they had to pin us and capitalized on them. We are really young in some spots and it showed. Not only are some of the wrestlers young but they are pretty inexperienced as well. They are gaining knowledge every time they walk out on the mat. This is exactly what they need.  The same wrestlers are going to get a chance to wrestle many more this weekend. I think stand outs tonight were Charlie Pumel, who won by a decision over Garrett Ruby in a tough fought match. He really wrestled tough against a kid that beat us last season. I thought Charlie wrestled very smart in this match as well. Brant Whitaker also had a tough match against Gavin Morawitz. He came out and pinned him in the end of the second period. Brant was put in some tough situations and he kept his cool and came out on top of the match.”
With three forfeits in the match at 113, 132 and 182, the Pirates trailed Hannibal 18-0 before stepping on the mat.
Nonetheless, Boonville led Hannibal briefly after junior Charlie Pumel decisioned Garrett Ruby 9-6 in the 152 pound weight class to make it 3-0. Pumel led at the end of each period, taking a 3-2 lead after one and a 5-4 lead after two.
However it was pretty much all Hannibal after that as the Pirates recorded wins in the next 10 matches.
But even then Boonville had plenty of chances to come away with a win. Take 160 for example. After tying the match at 5-all in the third, junior Gavin Vollmer wound up losing 7-5 in the final three seconds in the 160-pound weight class.
Meanwhile, at 170, sophomore Dakota Rapp lost by a pin against Austin Carrollton in 2:48. Then, at 195, freshman Dustyn Taylor lost by a pin against Jameson White in 12 seconds.
Of course it got worse before it got better for Boonville. After receiving a forfeit at 220, junior Dalton Williams lost another heartbreaker at heavyweight against Chase Kirby 3-2. Although Kirby led 3-0 after the second period, Williams came back and tied the match at 2-all before giving up an escape in the final five seconds for the loss.
At 120, freshman Brayden McFarland lost by pin against Ballie Rthorn in 1:02. Meanwhile, at 126, freshman Eric Bundy was pinned by Tyler Leonard in 1:07.
Down 42-9 at that point in the match, Boonville freshman Brant Whitaker got the Pirates on the scoreboard again by pinning Gavin Morawitz in 4:44. But even then the match was close as Whitaker led Morawitz 4-0 after the first period and 6-2 after two.
Then, in the final match of the evening, junior Lance Marshall lost by pin against Kaleb Greening in 46 seconds.
In the only JV match, freshman Jayson Bundy won in the final five seconds against Dylan Cheadle 6-5 in the 160 pound weight class.
The Boonville Pirates wrestling team will participate in the Spartan Duals Tournament on Friday and Saturday in Moberly.
Wrestling will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday and 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.
Teams competing in the tournament are Moberly, Fulton, Affton, St. James, Chillicothe, Eldon, Sullivan, Southern Boone and Priory.