Tie Hornets 4-4 in actual matches
The Boonville Pirates wrestling team may have lost the battle Tuesday night in the conference opener against the defending NCMC champions.
But after dropping a 42-33 decision against the Fulton Hornets, head coach Christian Stock said the nine-point deficit is the closest the Pirates have come to beating Fulton since he took over as head coach.
“I thought the team wrestled well,” Stock said. “I knew that we needed to win one or more of the lighter weight matches and keep from getting pinned in one or more of them to win the dual. From 160 up I was pretty sure we would win out. I also knew that Joel (Concannon) had a tough match at 182. Those two clashed several times last year and it was always close. We are young at the lower weights and some are still adjusting to high school wrestling. I think as a team we are progressing well and will continue to for the season.”
The Pirate wrestlers had four opens in the match compared to three for Fulton. But then to make matters worse, Boonville also dropped all four matches to start the dual at 113, 120, 138 and 145 to trail Fulton by a score of 42-0.
At 113, freshman Heath Danner lost by a pin against Jackson Caswell in 1:38. At 120, freshman Carson Bail was pinned by Solomon Huff in 1:01. At 138, freshman Josh Polk lost by a fall against Brandon Dews in 2:27. Meanwhile, at 145, sophomore Gavin Vollmer lost by a fall against Jacob Kern in 3:38.
Meanwhile, after both teams opted to remain open at 152, Boonville came back to win the next-four matches at 160, 170, 182 and 195 to close the gap by a score of 42-21.
Sophomore wrestler Charlie Pumel, who took first in the Steve Leslie Invitational over the weekend in Pleasant Hill, had little trouble picking up where he left off by recording a first period pin against Quentin Ferguson in 1:47.
The win was Pumel’s 11th in a row to start the season.
Senior wrestler Remington Hammers also took control of his match early in the 170-pound weight class by pinning Fulton’s Peyton Dunlap in 3:02.
Meanwhile, in the most anticipated match of the evening, Concannon kept his record clean for the season at 10-0 by edging Fulton’s Colton Bristol 6-4.
Although Concannon led at one point in the second period by a score of 5-0, Bristol came back to cut the lead to one at 5-4 in the third. Then, at the completion of the match, the referee awarded Concannon one point and took away one point from Bristol for unnecessary roughness to make it a two-point match.
Boonville also picked up forfeits at 220 and 285 to closeout the match.
In the only JV match, Dalton Williams won by a pin in the second period against Mathew Allen in 2:49.