With forfeits in as many as seven weight classes and as few as four, the Boonville Pirates wrestling team knew it would be a push to come away with three wins much less one Tuesday night in a quadrangular meet at Kirksville.
While facing two teams from the NCMC in Kirksville and Mexico along with the Brookfield Bulldogs, the Pirate wrestlers came away with only five wins in three matches.
Boonville fell in the opening match against Kirksville 57-18 but did win three of the seven actual matches wrestled. Meanwhile, in the second match against Brookfield, the Pirates were shutout in four matches while dropping a 43-18 decision. Then, in the final match against Mexico, Boonville lost again by a score of 54-15 after recording wins in only two of six matches.
The three losses dropped Boonville to 4-18 overall and 0-6 in the NCMC.
In the match against Kirksville, Boonville wrestling coach Christian Stock said the Pirates wrestled very tough but did not come out on top of some of the close matches.
“Gabe Rumbaoa had a rematch with Colton Gillespie,” Stock said. “This was the match that we got dinged up in at Pleasant Hill at the beginning of the season. Gabe and Colton went to the ultimate tiebreaker and Gillespie scored an escape to win the match 3-2. In the early part of the first period, Gabe was very close to scoring a takedown on the edge of the mat. If that happens it changes the entire match. It is one of those matches that could go either way all season long. Lance Marshall recorded his first varsity win in a wrestled match as well, and then Charlie Pumel and Brant Whitaker both recorded falls in this dual.”
Despite giving up 42 points on forfeits in this match, the Pirate wrestlers had some good moments with Brant Whitaker winning by fall in the 145 pound weight class against Morgan Wilcox in 2:00.
Junior Charlie Pumel also picked up a first period pin in the 152 pound weight class against Luca Tornatore in 1:22. Then, at 160, Lance Marshall won his first varsity match against Will Bratcher by fall in 2:21.
In other matches against Kirksville, Eric Bundy lost by fall to Donovan Gaines in the 126 pound weight class in 4:50. At 170, Dakota Rapp lost by a 13-7 decision against Zach Nugent. At 220, Rumbaoa fell in a tight match against Gillespie 3-2. Meanwhile, at 285, Dalton Williams dropped a 11-9 decision against Keith Davis.
In the second match against Brookfield, Stock said Pumel lost a close match to Khalil Walker at the end of the third period. “Charlie is still working back into shape from a knee injury and really is not back to 100 percent wrestling conditioning,” Stock said. “It cost us the match. Our strengths and theirs did not match up well here so we kind of took it on the chin.”
In the matches wrestled, Bundy fell by a major decision against Michael Delana 10-2. Pumel also lost his match against Walker 7-5 while Marshall fell by a fall against Brandon Delana in 30 seconds. Meanwhile, in the final match, Williams lost by a fall against Brooks Baker in 3:05.
In the final match against Mexico, the Pirates again faced an uphill battle while giving up 30 points on five forfeits.
Recording the only wins in this match for Boonville were Whitaker by fall over Blayne Wieberg in 2:00 and Rumbaoa over Wyatt Turner by a score of 4-1.
In other matches, Bundy lost by fall to Kevin Duong in 1:00 while Marshall was pinned in the second period against Vinny Vitale in 3:12. Rapp also lost by fall to Kellen Ekern in 1:00 while Williams was pinned by Terrese Aaron also in 1:00.
Stock said in the dual against Mexico, Rumbaoa again had another tough match against Wyatt Turner. “He wrestled really solid against him and got him turned for a three point nearfall in the third which really wrapped up the match for us. I kind of thought that he might end up in the same type of match as the Gillespie match, with us coming out on top since we scored the first point of the match giving us the choice in ultimate tiebreaker. I was confident that we could get out of the bottom to win that period. Brant had another solid match in this dual. He has really been steady all season long and just goes out and works hard on the mat.”