The Boonville Pirates wrestling team hit another roadblock in the way of the Hannibal Pirates Tuesday night in NCMC action at Hannibal.
With three opens at 103, 126 and 132, which accounted for 18 of Hannibal’s 55 points, the Pirates also dropped seven out of 11 matches in a 55-18 loss.
Boonville Pirates wrestling coach Christian Stock said it was a rough night.  “Their kids were a little too much on the aggressive/combative side if you ask me, to the point of being unnecessary roughness,” Stock said. “We won the majority of matches that I felt we should.  I was hoping Wyatt Grizzle would pull a win at 170.  I knew that we had our work cut out for us at the lighter weight classes.  We did not get all the pins we normally get at the upper weights.  This caused our team points to be lower than usual.  Looking at Hannibal, they may give everyone in the conference a run for their money.  They are very tough all the way through the line-up.  This is the first time they have had a full line-up since I have been around the wrestling team.”
Trailing 18-0 to start the match due to three forfeits, the Pirate wrestlers also suffered losses in four other matches at 113, 120, 138 and 145 to trail Hannibal 42-0. At 113, freshman Heath Danner lost by fall against Bailie Rethorn in 2:38. At 120, freshman Carson Bail lost by a fall against Gavin Scott in 1:03. Also at 138, freshman Josh Polk lost by a fall against Kaleb Greening in 2:32. Meanwhile, at 145, Gavin Vollmer lost by a fall against Will Bowen in 2:31.
With half of the match completed against Hannibal, the Pirate wrestlers finally got on the board in the 152-pound weight class with sophomore Charlie Pumel winning by a 12-6 decision over Garret Ruby.
The win improved Pumel’s record to 14-0 on the season.
Unfortunately for Boonville, the win was short lived as Hannibal came back with another fall in the 160-pound weight class with Andrew Jones pinning Dakota Rapp in 35 seconds.
Hannibal also picked up a win in the 170-pound weight class with Austin Carroll out-pointing senior Wyatt Grizzle 5-2.
The Pirate wrestlers didn’t go down without a fight, though. At 182, senior Joel Concannon kept his record clean at 13-0 for the season by edging Hannibal’s Taylor Pritchett 7-6. Then, after senior Lucas Gerke lost a major decision against Dalton Huffman 17-8 in the 195-pound weight class, junior Gabe Rumbaoa won by a fall over Chase Hawes in 3:56 to remain unbeaten on the season in the 220-pound weight class at 14-0.
Boonville also picked up a win in the 285-pound weight class with senior Keandre Anderson pinning Chase Kirby in 48 seconds. Anderson improved to 11-3 on the season.
The Boonville Pirates wrestling team will compete in the 14th annual Spartans Duals on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 16-17. Matches will start at 5 p.m. on Friday and 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.
Teams competing in the duals tournament along with Boonville are Moberly, Fulton, Affton, St. James, Chillicothe, Owensville, Sullivan, Southern Boone and Priory.