The Boonville Pirates wrestling team had one of those nights Thursday night in a triangular against Southern Boone of Ashland and Osage.
For starters, head coach Christian Stock said due to injuries the Pirates had to make some changes in the lineup. Of course that didn’t bode well in the two matches as Boonville fell to Southern Boone 45-36 and Osage 50-22.
The loss dropped the Pirate wrestlers to 7-11 overall and 2-3 in the Tri-County Conference.
“Travis Dell and Gavin Vollmer are out for the rest of the season,” Stock said. “They are both solid wrestlers that have numerous years of experience. That is hard to make up for but I am happy that we have people to fill in. The guys in those spots are giving all they have for the team and that is positive.”
Despite the injuries and changes in the lineup, Boonville did have a few bright spots on the night most notably in the 152 and 195 pound weight classes with Brant Whitaker and Peyton Hahn both going 2-0.
Brant Whitaker also improved to 26-1 on the season after receiveing a forfeit against Southern Boone and then winning by fall in the second period against Osage’s Brenden Bell in 2:19. As for Hahn, the freshman grappler won by a fall against Parker Boyce of Southern Boone in 1:34 and then came back to win by a major decision against Connor Arrowood of Osage 9-0.
Hahn improved his season record to 20-6.
Other winners in the match against Southern Boone were Charlie Pumel by fall over David Heyen in 45 seconds in the 160 pound weight class and Carter Stumph by fall over Ray Redmond in 5:43 in the 170 pound weight class.
In other matches against Southern Boone, Hayden Mendez lost by a 9-2 decision against Tabor Mayes in the 106 pound weight class. At 120, Zane Watring lost by fall against Kade Scheer in 35 seconds. At 132, Brayden McFarland lost by fall against Zack Varvil in 2:27. At 138, Eric Bundy lost by fall against Blake Schmidt in 4:30. At 145, Lance Marshall lost by fall against Austin Skaggs in 1:15. Meanwhile, at 182, Dustyn Taylor lost by fall against Dawson Paul in 42 seconds.
Stock said this was the second time this season that Boonville has wrestled Southern Boone.
“We got to see them earlier in the season at the Moberly duals,” Stock said. “They were a different team tonight. Most of their guys have made their moves into their new weight classes for the season. When we saw them at Moberly that was one of their first competitions coming off a successful football season with a playoff run. We did not fare as well tonight as we did in December. We had some good matches and a number of wins just not enough to pull the win off. I feel we wrestled well, they just won more matches than we did. Carter Stumph wrestled a solid match recording a fall in this dual.”
The wins were also few in the match against Osage with the Indians recording wins in seven out of the 10 matches.
Along with Whitaker and Hahn winning their matches, Dakota Rapp had the only other win with a second period pin against Shane Thomas in 2:38 in the 220 pound weight class.
In other matches, Zane Watring lost by fall against Ryan Schepers in 1:00 in the 120 pound weight class. At 132, Brayden McFarland lost by technical fall against Mason Dulle 16-1. At 138, Eric Bundy lost by fall against Chase Cordia in 1:53. At 145, Lance Marshall lost by fall against Aaron Cuddy in 1:09. At 160, Charlie Pumel lost by a 6-5 decision against Jack Creasy. At 182, Dustyn Taylor lost by fall against Jesse Schillinger in 18 seconds. Meanwhile, at 106, Hayden Mendez lost by fall against Jacob Zelle in 54 seconds.
Stock said Osage had a very strong team, especially in the lower weights. “Osage is one of the top two in the conference as far as a dual team,” Stock said. “They have a good team with numbers to shift people around to get favorable matchups for them. I don’t feel that we wrestled our best against them.”
The Boonville Pirates wrestling team will compete in the Hickman Tournament on Friday and Saturday in Columbia. Boonville Athletic Director Chris Shikles said this replaces the Owensville Tournament, which was cancelled last week due to snow.