The Boonville Pirates wrestling team lost the fight but won the battle Thursday night in a dual match against the Eldon Mustangs at the Windsor gymnasium.
With only five matches on the night, the Pirates dropped four out of five matches against Eldon but picked up seven wins by way of forfeits to beat the Mustangs 45-36.
While the win improved Boonville’s record to 2-2 overall and 2-1 in the Tri-County Conference, head coach Christian Stock said it was a tough night.  “I knew we had our work cut out for us,” Stock said. “Our strength in the lineup did not match up to theirs.  I knew we would have to win one of the five to matches wrestled to win the match.  That is all we won.  I hoped we would win more than that but it just wasn't in the cards.  I talked to the wrestlers about how important each and every point in the match was important.  Avoid getting pinned and pin them every chance we get.  It came down to one match and that is the 220 pound class.  Peyton Hahn bumped up to 220, where I felt that gave him and the team a chance to be successful.  He wrestled a very solid match and ended up winning by decision and securing the match for us.  I hoped that we would have had more luck at the other weights but it just didn't pan out.”
After placing third over the weekend in the Steve Leslie Invitational in Pleasant Hill, Hahn had little trouble getting up for his match against Eldon’s Jonathan Schoenfeld. Needless to say, Schoenfeld gave Hahn everything he wanted and more as the two wrestlers battled back and forth to a 0-0 tie for the first-two periods. However in the third period, Hahn picked up an escape with 1:28 left in the match and then scored a takedown right after that for a 3-0 victory to improve to 8-1 on the season.
That win also put the Pirates up by 15 at 45-30 with just one match left to go in the 285 pound weight class.
Unfortunately for Boonville, Eldon scored the win at heavyweight as Scott Johnson recorded a second period pin against senior Dalton Williams in 3:12. Williams fell to 5-5 on the season.
Of course it mattered little as Boonville held on to win the match by 11 points.
The Pirates also opened the match with back to back wins by forfeits at 106 and 113. However, after returning the favor with two straight forfeits at 120 and 126 to tie the match at 12-all, Eldon came back with two straight wins at 132 and 138 to lead in the match 24-12. In those matches, sophomore wrestler Brayden McFarland lost by a pin against Eldon’s Zachery VanHooser in 5:57 while Eric Bundy fell by a pin as well against Hunter Waller in 5:13.
The losses dropped McFarland to 0-8 on the season and Bundy to 1-9.
Boonville won the next five matches by forfeits at 145, 152, 160, 170 and 182 to go up by a team score of  42-24. Meanwhile, at 195, senior Gavin Vollmer lost by pin in the second period against Kaden Dillon in 2:58 to bring the score to 42-30. The loss dropped Vollmer to 5-5 on the season.
Boonville and Eldon then split matches at 220 and 285 to closeout the dual.
In the only exhibition match, sophomore Dustyn Taylor won by a first period pin against Eldon’s Nevin Campo in the 182 pound weight class in 1:39.
Note: The following are updated individual records for the wrestlers: Hayden Mendez 3-1 at 106; Zane Watrong 2-2 at 113; Lance Marshall 1-8 at 145; Brant Whitaker 9-1 at 152; Charlie Pumel 8-1 at 160; Travis Dell 3-1 at 170; and Sebastian Jones 1-2 at 220.
The Boonville Pirates wrestling team will compete next on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14-16 in the Moberly Dual Tournament.