It wasn’t quite the results the Boonville Pirates wrestling team was looking for Tuesday night while hosting Fatima, Hallsville and Osage in a quad at the Windsor gymnasium.
Although the Pirates finished 1-2 on the night, beating Hallsville 48-36 and losing to Fatima and Osage by the same identical scores of 45-36, head coach Christian Stock said overall not a bad night.
“I would have like to have gotten the win against Fatima,” Stock said. “We are still learning at the lighter weights and will get better as the season goes on.  Dusting the shoes off and getting ready for a long season.  I know we have work in front of us and now I think some of the wrestlers see that as well.  As a coach you can tell your athletes all you want about how hard it is going to be but until they get to wrestle they may not understand. Again we set the bar now we have to keep it moving. I know we will get better as the season goes on and we gain some mat time.”
Despite the two losses, Boonville finished the night with four wrestlers at 3-0, while three other wrestlers finished the quad with records of 2-1.
Brant Whitaker at 152, Charlie Pumel at 160, Peyton Hahn at 195 and Dalton Williams at 285 all finished 3-0 while Hayden Mendez at 106, Travis Dell at 170 and Gavin Vollmer at 182 all sported records of 2-1.
Boonville also got off to a great start in the first match by picking up eight forfeits against Hallsville.
The only downfall in the match is that of the four actual matches, the Indians won all four by pins.
“We wrestled four matches and lost those four but with our lineup against theirs, we got the win,” Stock said. “Our lighter weight guys are pretty new to the sport and still learning the ropes.  However, we make up for that in the upper weight classes.  For some of the wrestlers, this was their first match in high school.  I have been in Hallsville’s shoes with the small number of wrestlers.  It is tough to be in that seat.  They capitalized in the matches they wrestled.”
The same could be said of Fatima in the second round against Boonville. Although the Pirates had only two opens compared to three for Fatima, the Comets won six of the nine actual matches for the victory.
“Our upper weights really shined in this dual,” Stock said. “Again, most of our returners are from 152 up.  I thought that we wrestled well as a team again just struggling with inexperience at the lighter weights.  Some of the upper weights wrestled their first match of the season in this dual.  I thought that Sebastian Jones wrestled a good match even though he dropped it 6-0.  In the second period there was a point where we had an opportunity for a takedown, it would have made it 4-2 their favor, and who knows what happens after that.  Peyton Hahn wrestled a good match as well, pinning his opponent in 1:40 in the first.  Brant Whitaker scored an extremely fast pin of :07 seconds almost tying the school record of :06.”
Picking up wins for Boonville were Brant Whitaker with a pin over Luke Schroeder in 7 seconds, Peyton Hahn by pin over Jason Woodruff in 1:40 and Dalton Williams by pin over Connor Temmen in 47 seconds.
In other matches, Alex Even won by pin over Mendez in 1:22, Zackery Tune won by pin over Zane Watring in 1:28 in the 120-pound weight class, Blake Wiles won by pin by Brayden McFarland in 1:41 in the 132 pound weight class, Eli Fronning won by pin over Eric Bundy in 4:56 in the 138 pound weight class, Samuel Martin won by pin over Lance Marshall in 3:20 in the 145 pound weight class and Calbe Rienkemeyer won 6-0 over Sebastian Jones at 220.
In the final match against Osage, the Pirate wrestlers again finished on the short end by dropping five out of nine matches.
“We wrestled them in the third and final dual of the night,” Stock said.  “They were a tough team.  They have really solidified their team from the past.  They may make a run for the conference title.  They have a great group of coaches who have put together a good team.  Lots of falls in this dual just not enough in our favor. I thought that we wrestled well in the matches that we had just didn’t come out on top in enough of them.  Charlie Pumel went out and his first pin in this dual.  Dalton Williams recorded his second of the night along with Brant Whitaker and Peyton Hahn.”
While the match opened at 120 against Osage, the Pirate wrestlers didn’t get their first win until the 152 pound weight class with Whitaker pinning Aaron Cuddy in 3:01.
Boonville also picked up wins at 160, 195 and 285, with Pumel recording a first period pin against Brendel Bell in 1:32. Hahn also won by pin against Connor Arrowood in 5:03 while Williams pinned Shane Thomas in the first period in 1:24.
In other matches, McFarland lost by pin against Kody Dowell in 1:17; Eric Bundy lost by pin against Mason Dulle in 2:29; Lance Marshall lost by pin against Chase Cordia in 2:18; Travis Dell lost by pin against Jack Creasy in 28 seconds; and Sebastian Jones lost by pin against Matt Russell in 52 seconds.
The Boonville Pirates wrestling team will compete in the Pleasant Hill Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.