Boonville wins only two matches against Osage but rallies back to beat Southern Boone 3-2 in actual matches

The Boonville Pirates wrestling team found out where they stand against two teams from the Tri-County Conference.
While moving to the new conference starting in the fall of 2018, the Pirate wrestlers came away with a split Thursday night in Ashland by losing to Osage 47-27 and beating Southern Boone on criteria after wrestling to a 36-36 tie.
Boonville won three falls to two falls against Southern Boone.
Boonville Pirates wrestling coach Christian Stock said with both of these teams being district opponents it makes a difference in seeding.
“I always challenge my wrestlers with that as well letting them know the importance of beating someone head to head and trying to record the pin for the extra criteria,” Stock said. “In the first dual against Osage, we only won two out of the five matches wrestled. We just did not match up very well against them. I thought our experienced wrestlers wrestled well. It just wasn’t a good matchup for us.”
Of course it didn’t help that Boonville gave up six forfeits in the match, which led to 36 of Osage’s 47 points.
However in actual matches, Boonville couldn’t have asked for a better start. After dropping the first-five matches, four by forfeits and one by fall with Eric Bundy losing by pin against Tristan Satterlee in 3:04, the Pirates finally got on the board in the 145 pound weight class. Except this was barely a match as freshman Brant Whitaker won by a fall in 49 seconds against Osage’s Aaron Cuddy in 49 seconds.
Then, at 152, junior Charlie Pumel returned after a short layoff due to injury by beating Austin Magnuson in a close match 5-1.
That turned out to be the final win for Boonville as Osage came back and recorded wins at 160 and 195. At 160, Kaleb Dodson won by a tech fall over Lance Marshall by a score of 19-4. Meanwhile, at 195, Ozuye Johnson pinned freshman Dustyn Taylor in the first period in 38 seconds.
As for the match against Southern Boone, Stock said the Pirates wrestled five actual matches and came out on top head to head and also in the dual.
“It was a tie dual against them but we recorded three falls and they recorded two falls,” Stock said. “According to state criteria, we won the dual. I tell the wrestlers in every dual we wrestle to get the fall when you can it may really help us in the end and in this case it did.”
The Pirates again started the match against Southern Boone with five straight losses-four by forfeit and Bundy losing by fall against Blake Schmidt in the 126 pound weight class in 1:25.
However at 145, Whitaker picked up his 31st win of the season in 33 matches by pinning Southern Boone’s Ty Varvil in 3:01.
Boonville also won two matches by forfeits at 152 and 160. Meanwhile, at 170, Dakota Rapp recorded a third period pin against Parker Boyce of Southern Boone in 4:52. Then, after a double forfeit at 182, Dustyn Taylor picked up another forfeit at 195 to tie the match at 30-all.
Senior Gabe Rumbaoa also recorded his 18th win of the season in 20 matches by recording a first period pin against Dominic Lawrence in the 220 pound weight class in 1:50. Then, at 285, Dalton Williams lost by a fall in the first period against Charlie Smith in 34 seconds.
Stock said it was good to get Pumel back in the lineup after recovering from an injury. “He was a little out of shape but still the same old hard-nosed grinder,” Pumel said.
The Boonville Pirates wrestling team will travel to Kirksville for a triangular on Tuesday, Jan. 23rd against the Tigers and Mexico Bulldogs starting at 5 p.m.