With four open weight classes Wednesday night in a triangular meet at Sedalia Smith-Cotton, the Boonville Pirates wrestling team knew the cards were stacked against them from the start while giving up 24 points.
Nonetheless, the Pirates still managed to make the matches respectable while falling to Eldon 41-33 and Sedalia Smith-Cotton 45-33.
Boonville Pirates wrestling coach Christian Stock said the grapplers wrestled well against Eldon but the opens and inexperience cost them at the lower weights. “Hopefully as we wrestle more this season that experience will come along,” Stock said. “We are still not at full strength at all weights. As for the match against Sedalia Smith-Cotton, we had some hard fought matches but we could not overcome the couple of opens we had to get a win. We also did not get a couple of pins where we normally do. We lost those matches or only won by decision.”
In the match against Eldon, the Pirates trailed at one point by a score of 29-6 but battled back to make it a two-point match at 29-27 after a fall by senior Keandre Anderson in the 285-pound weight class against Scott Johnson in 1:56. Meanwhile, after trading opens at 106 and 113, the Mustangs came back and sealed the victory with a fall in the 120-pound weight class with Isaiah Simmons pinning Carson Bail in 1:23.
In other matches, Josh Polk lost by a fall over Hunter Waller in 2:40 in the 138-pound weight class. Charlie Pumel won by a fall over Alexander Strickland in 45 seconds. Trenton Dillion won by a fall over Dakota Rapp in the 160-pound weight class in 3:30. Dawson Brandt won by a technical fall over Wyatt Grizzle 21-4 in the 170-pound weight class. Joel Concannon won by a fall over Bobby Harkness in 2:29 in the 182-pound weight class. Meanwhile, at 195, senior Lucas Gerke won by a 6-3 decision over Trenton Kidwell.
Gabe Rumbaoa and Heath Danner were both awarded forfeits in the 220 and 113-pound weight classes, respectively.
Both Boonville and Eldon were open at 145.
As for the match against Sedalia Smith-Cotton, Boonville actually led the Tigers 27-24 after Rumbaoa pinned Trenton Johnson in the first period in 24 seconds.
Unfortunately for the Pirates, they never led again after that as Michael Laster came back and won a 6-4 decision over Keandre Anderson in the 285-pound weight class to tie the match at 27-all.
Meanwhile, after Sedalia picked up a forfeit at 106 to go up 33-27, Boonville’s Heath Danner came back and won by a fall over Drake Keele in 49 seconds to tie the match at 33-all.
However it was all Sedalia after that with wins at both 120 and 126 to closeout the match. At 120, Connor Siron won by a fall over Carson Bail in 1:05. Then, at 126, the Tigers picked up their fourth and final forfeit of the night to win by 12.
In other matches, Blake Pomajzl won by a fall over Josh Polk in 3:03 in the 138-pound weight class. At 152, Charlie Pumel improved to 14-0 on the season with a third-period pin against Brody Kindle in 4:54. At 160, Gauge Young won by a fall over Dakota Rapp in 1:15. At 170, senior Wyatt Grizzle picked up his first win of the season by pinning Antonia Erwin in 4:54. Meanwhile, at 195, Gerke won by a 5-3 decision over Isaiah Snyder.
In all, the Pirate wrestlers finished 4-4 in actual matches wrestled against Eldon and 4-5 against Sedalia Smith-Cotton.
Stock said Gerke was the standout for the Pirates in the triangular. “He wrestled two really close matches and came out on top,” Stock said. “He beat the kid from Eldon, who pinned us this past weekend. He also beat Isaiah Snyder, who beat us by two last year at home. I also thought that Charlie Pumel wrestled a really tough match at 152 against Brody Kindle. He moved very well and kept the pressure on Kindle the entire match.”