After enduring years of opens and forfeits, the Boonville Pirates wrestling team finally had one, make that two, go its way Tuesday night in a quadrangular meet at the Windsor gymnasium.
Although the Pirates still had five opens at 106, 113, 126, 132 and 138, head coach Christian Stock said that should be taken care of in two of weight classes come Tuesday in the conference opener against the Fulton Hornets.
As for the team standings in the quad, Boonville and Fulton both finished 2-0 while Higginsville (Lafayette County) was 1-2 and Fatima 0-3.
The Pirates and Hornets didn’t wrestle due to next week’s match.
Boonville Pirates wrestling coach Christian Stock said overall he thought the wrestlers performed well.
“We have some fundamentals to improve upon but I feel as if we are way ahead of where we have been in the past couple of years,” Stock said. “This Quad is a good opener for our team allowing us to see some people we won’t see on a normal basis.  The reason for the opens in some of the weight classes because they are following their weight loss program mandated by the state and can’t make that weight yet.  Most of them will be there by the time we wrestle Hannibal.  Can’t wait to see the rest of the guys compete this weekend in Pleasant Hill.  It is a varsity tournament only.”
In the first match against Higginsville, the Pirate wrestlers recorded wins in four out of seven matches to edge the Huskers 33-31.
Stock said he thought the team wrestled really well against Higginsville.
“I knew it was going to be a really close match looking at the opens and double opens,” Stock said. “My prediction was correct. If we would have given up more than one fall in the matches we wrestled we would have lost the dual.  It was good to see the guys that got matches compete like they did.  Gavin Vollmer was a stand out in my opinion in this dual.  He had a rough season last year and it was good to see him get a win to start the season.  Even in the matches that we lost I thought that we competed well.  It is a learning process for the freshman in the lineup.  And the more matches we get them the better it will be.”
The youth and inexperience definitely showed early on against Higginsville while dropping the first-two matches at 120 and 145. In the 120-pound weight class, freshman Carson Bail lost by technical fall against Joey Livigne 18-5. Meanwhile, in the 145-pound weight class, Josh Polk lost by a fall against Trenton Rankin in 2:30.
Of course the Pirates stopped the bleeding in the 152-pound weight class with sophomore wrestler Gavin Vollmer winning in a close match over Gage Wentland 9-6.
Boonville also picked up wins at 160, 170 and 182-all by pins. In the 160-pound weight class, sophomore Charlie Pumel won by a fall in the second period against Joe Gash in 3:15. Meanwhile, in the 170-pound weight class, senior Remy Hammers recorded the fastest pin on the night for the Pirates by pinning Ethan Rankin in 27 seconds. Then, to complete the string of four straight wins, senior Joel Concannon won by fall in 36 seconds against Billy Brown in the 182-pound weight class.
Concannon’s win, plus the two forfeits by Higginsville at 195 and 220 also put the Pirate wrestlers up in the match 33-27. However, in the final match at heavyweight, Higginsville’s Joe Goetze held off senior Keandre Anderson in the final seconds to win 10-6.
As for the match against Fatima, the Pirate wrestlers won 45-22 despite both teams combining for 12 forfeits out of 14 weight classes.  
In the only actual matches wrestled, Fatima’s Kagan Froning defeated Carson Bail 15-5 in the 120-pound weight class. Meanwhile, at 152, Gavin Vollmer won in a close match against Eugene Haganhoffph by a score of 8-7.
“Lots of Opens,” Stock said of the match against Fatima. “We only wrestled two matches in this dual.  Carson Bail and Gavin Vollmer.  Carson lost a major decision but showed some good defense.  He just has to continue to work in the room on the fundamentals and keep his head up.  Gavin wrestled another good match and continues to show the improvements he had made since last season.”
The Boonville Pirates wrestling team will compete in the Steve Leslie Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2 and 3 in Pleasant Hill.
Wrestling will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday.
Teams participating in the tournament along with Boonville are: Adrian, Clinton, Grandview, Nevada, Owensville, Pleasant Hill, Prairie View, Shawnee Mission Northwest, Kirksville, St. James, Chillicothe, Sullivan, Truman and Eldon.