The Boonville Pirates wrestling team knew it was going to be a uphill battle Tuesday night while hosting the Moberly Spartans in NCMC action at the Windsor gymnasium.
With four open weight classes at 113, 138, 160 and 170, Boonville Pirates wrestling coach Christian Stock was also putting seven underclassmen on the mat in eight matches against the more seasoned Moberly squad.
As it turned out, the Spartans recorded wins in six out of the eight matches to beat Boonville 60-12.
While the loss dropped Boonville to 3-14 overall and 0-4 in the NCMC, Stock said this was a really rough night against a tough team.
“I knew that we were going to struggle with them since we had seen them at their dual tournament,” Stock said. “They are solid from top to bottom. Our youth and inexperience showed last night. I think we need to be tougher and look to try to wrestle longer with a team like this. We just need these younger guys to keep pushing themselves and look for small victories along the way.”
Of course it came as no surprise on the two wins for Boonville.
While starting the match at 195, the Pirate wrestlers quickly found themselves behind when Chance Richards won by fall against freshman Dustyn Taylor in 27 seconds.
And while the Pirates won by fall in the second match in the 220 pound weight class, senior Gabe Rumbaoa had to sweat it out against Moberly’s Jarrett Kinder. While picking up his 100th career win over the weekend in the Marshall Invitational Tournament, Kinder led Rumbaoa 5-0 after a takedown and three-point nearfall. However after picking up an escape and avoiding a potential upset, Rumbaoa quickly turned Kinder to his back and recorded a pin in 1:12.
The win was Rumbaoa 11th of the season in 13 matches.
Boonville never got any closer in terms of team score (6-6) as Moberly recorded wins via opens or by falls in the next five matches to extend the lead to 36-6.
At 285, Moberly’s Jonathan Chapman picked up a first period pin against junior Dalton Williams in 1:40. Then, after opens at 106 and 113, freshman Brayden McFarland lost by fall to Moberly’s Camron Lowery in 40 seconds in the 120 pound weight class. Meanwhile, at 126, freshman Eric Bundy was pinned by Jacob Aleshire in 1:17.
Three weight classes later at 145, freshman Brant Whitaker picked up his 24th win of the season in 26 matches by recording a second period pin against Tristan Morris in 3:01. Whitaker, who recently finished second in the Marshall Invitational, led Morris 9-1 after the first period before recording a pin in the second period.
Moberly won the remaining matches on the night, with Luke Vitt recording a first period pin against Lance Marshall in the 152 weight class in 39 seconds. Then, at 182, Kyler Gutherie recorded a first period pin against Dakota Rapp in 1:49.
In junior varsity action, Greyson Mesik won by a second period pin against Andrew Huff in the 220 pound weight class in 2:37. Meanwhile, at 285, Brady Stock was pinned by Tyler Nickerson in 3:56.
The Boonville Pirates wrestling team will had a split squad this weekend with the varsity team competing in the Owensville Tournament and the remaining wrestlers taking part in the Moberly Tournament.