Like any first match, the Boonville Pirates wrestling team had some good wins and some bad losses Tuesday night in the triangular meet at the Windsor gymnasium.
The Pirates wrestling team wound up finishing 1-1 on the night by beating the Fatima Comets in the first match 48-24 and then losing to Fulton 42-36 in the second. Fulton finished 2-0 in the triangular by beating Fatima 59-18 while Fatima was 0-2.
Boonville Pirates wrestling coach Christian Stock said he talked about the importance of winning head to head in the season preview to measure their success.  
“I also talked to the wrestlers before the Tri tonight about the same thing,” Stock said.  “I told them not to worry about final dual score because of the opens we have in the lineup.  Overall, I feel we wrestled well the only wrestler that did not get a single match was Charlie Pumel.  I really want to see him wrestle and I am sure I will get a chance this weekend at Pleasant Hill Tournament on Friday and Saturday.”
Boonville had four opens on the night at 106, 113, 120 and 138. However in the opening match against Fatima, the Pirates actually led 6-0 after junior Dalton Williams picked up a forfeit at 285.
The Comets won the next-two matches at 106 and 113 to go up 12-6. Then, after both teams were open at 120, Fatima came back with two more wins at 126 and 132 with Kagan Froning pinning Brayden McFarland in 1:13 and Clayton Haslag winning by fall against Eric Bundy in 29 seconds.
Meanwhile, after another open by both teams at 138, freshman Brant Whitaker had an impressive opening debut by pinning Fatima’s Dalton Lubbert in 2:33 in the 145-pound weight class. Whitaker, a state placer in the kids club, led Lubbert 15-1 at the end of the first period.
Boonville never lost a match after that, with junior Lance Marshall winning by a pin over Andrew Mengwasser in 2:36 in the 152-pound weight class. Junior Charlie Pumel won by forfeit at 160, as did Gavin Vollmer at 170. Then, at 182, Dakota Rapp picked up a pin in the second period against Jason Woodruff in 2:37.
The Comets also forfeited at 195. Meanwhile, in the final match at 220, senior Gabe Rumbaoa dominated Connor Temmen with a first period pin in 1:59.
Stock said the wrestlers really wrestled well against Fatima.
“We won 4 of the 6 matches that were wrestled,” Stock said.  “This is exactly what I want to see in every dual we wrestle.  I would have liked have more matches but I was very pleased with the effort of all that got a chance.  It was a good start for the team to get a win in the first dual of the season.  Lance Marshall first year wrestler won a match for us at 152.  I thought he wrestled very well for his first match of the season.  I also feel that Dakota Rapp wrestled really well at 182.  With the ending score being 48-24 we were successful.”
The match against Fulton was also a struggle early on for the Pirates, who trailed at one point by a score of 18-0 after forfeits and 113 and 120 and losing by a losing at 126. Both teams were open at 106.
Meanwhile, after exchanging opens at 132 and 138, Whitaker again got the Pirates their first win in the match by pinning Fulton’s Jacob Kern in 4:47.
Boonville and Fulton then split matches, with Hunter Hampton pinning Lance Marshall in the second period in 2:56. Pumel won by a forfeit at 160. Then, at 170, Gavin Vollmer won by a pin with 10 seconds left in the match against David Gibson in 5:50.
The Hornets picked up two more wins after that, with Colton Bristol pinning Dakota Rapp 19 seconds and Sheldon Johnson winning by fall over Dustyn Taylor in 1:08.
Meanwhile, after Rumbaoa picked up a forfeit at 220, Williams came back with a second period pin against Tyrese Vaughn at heavyweight in 2:34.
Stock said in the match against Fulton the Pirates didn’t win enough matches to be successful.
“If we would have won just one more match in this dual we would have tied Fulton,” Stock said. “I thought in most of the matches we wrestled we were competitive.  I think the standout matches in this match were Brant Whitaker and Gavin Vollmer.  Brant wrestled really well against Jacob Kern.  Kern is a solid wrestler and a senior who has given us plenty of competition in the past.  Brant really wrestled well against him and maintained composer in some trying times during it.  Gavin wrestled David Gibson, who we have never seen before.  Gavin got the first takedown and from there we struggled a bit.  In the third period we caught a little wind and finished on a high note recording a fall with 10 seconds left in the third.”
 The Steve Leslie Invitational in Pleasant Hill will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday.
Teams competing in the tournament are: Adrian, Clinton, Grandview, Nevada, Owensville, Pleasant Hill, Prairie View, Shawnee Mission Northwest, Kirksville, St. James, Chillicothe, Sullivan, Eldon, Cassville and Summit Christian.