Brant Whitaker, Jayson Bundy, Dakota Rapp and Gabe Rumbaoa pick up wins
Boonville Pirates wrestling coach Christian Stock expected his team to be a little rusty Thursday night in the first match back from Christmas break.
While going on the road to face the Marshall Owls, which was also a conference match, Stock said he thought the team wrestled well in spots but also have plenty of room to improve.
As it turned out, Marshall wound up recording wins in five out of the ninth matches for a 54-24 victory.
The loss dropped Boonville to 3-13 overall and 0-3 in the NCMC.
“First one back after break and we were a little rough,” Stock said. “I think our conditioning could be a little better and that is something that I can take care of myself. All of the guys that won last night I thought really wrestled well. Our younger guys were still struggling a bit and that is to be expected. They are learning and gaining knowledge with every match they wrestle. Gabe (Rumbaoa) had his first match back since the first tournament of the year. He looked really good and will get plenty more matches this weekend at the Marshall Tournament. We gave up 18 points to start the dual because of opens, but this is where we need to compete.”
Actually the Pirates had four forfeits on the night at 106, 132, 138 and 160, which led to 24 of Marshall’s 54 points. Both teams were open at 113.
Meanwhile, in actual matches, freshman Brant Whitaker got Boonville its first win on the night in the 145 pound weight class by pinning Marshall’s Matthew Huston in 4:24.
The win was Whitaker’s 19 of the season in 20 matches.
Other wrestlers picking up wins for Boonville were Jason Bundy at 170, Dakota Rapp at 182 and Gabe Rumbaoa at 220.
Bundy won by a fall against Sebastian Colbert in 5:24 to improve to 11-9. Rapp also won by a pin against Tielor Bradshaw in 3:35 to improve to 11-9 on the season. As for Rumbaoa, the senior grappler showed little rust from the layoff due to a knee injury in the Steve Leslie Invitational in Pleasant Hill back on December 1-2. In his match against Marshall’s Michael Root, Rumbaoa recorded the third fastest pin on the night in 38 seconds to raise his record to 6-3 on the season.
In other matches, Brayden McFarland lost by a pin in the 120-pound weight class against Jaden Riley in 1:58. At 126, Eric Bundy lost by a fall against Dalton Landreth in 1:38. At 152, Lance Marshall was pinned in the first period by Eli Jackson in 28 seconds. At 195, Dustyn Taylor lost by a pin against Kyle Gann in 30 seconds. Meanwhile, at heavyweight, Dalton Williams was pinned by Jonathan Sprigg in 2:09.
The Boonville Pirates wrestling team will compete in the Marshall Invitational on Saturday against a field consisting of Marshall, Brookfield, Chillicothe, Rock Bridge, Gallatin, Hallsville, Versailles, Father Tolton, Pembroke Hill, Lebanon, Southern Boone, Hickman, Carrollton, Eldon, North Callaway, Osage and Tina-Avalon.
Wrestling will begin at 9:30 a.m., with third and championship matches at 3 p.m.
Stock said several of the younger wrestlers will also take part in the Sedalia Smith-Cotton Rookie Roundup on Saturday.
Teams competing in that tournament are Battle, Camdenton, Centralia, Clinton, Eldon, Hickman, Holden, Knob Noster, Lebanon, Mexico, Odessa, Osage, Rock Bridge, Smith-Cotton, Tipton, Versailles, Warrensburg and Warsaw.
Wrestling will start at 9:30 a.m.