The Boonville Pirates wrestling team was close to a full team Tuesday night in a triangular meet at Wardsville.
While facing two out of conference teams (Knob Noster and Palmyra) and one in conference (Blair Oaks), the Pirate wrestlers finished 1-2 on the night by beating Palmyra 48-36 and losing to Blair Oaks 51-27 and Knob Noster 45-30.
Boonville Pirates wrestling coach Christian Stock said he wasn’t real sure what to expect from Knob Noster and Blair Oaks in this match up.
“They were well coached and solid teams,” Stock said. “Palmyra just has a lot of opens that cost them the dual. We looked a little sluggish in some of our matches, especially the guys that wrestled at Hickman. Coming back off a two day tournament and wrestling on a Tuesday would be pretty tough. We get three days to recover before heading to Higginsville on Saturday. I think there were some matches that might have gone a different way if we had fresh legs under us. Again, that is not a guarantee but we were dragging in some of the matches we wrestled. I never doubt my guys efforts on the mat and I know they gave all they had.”
At 8-13 overall and 2-4 in the Tri-County Conference as a team,  Boonville did have a few highlights in the three team meet. Dalton Williams and Brant Whitaker both finished 3-0 at 285 and 152, respectively. Eric Bundy (138), Peyton Hahn (195) and Dakota Rapp (220) all finished 2-1 in their respective weight classes. Wrestlers finishing 1-2 were Hayden Mendez at 106, Zane Watring at 120, Brayden McFarland at 132, Lane Marshall at 145, Charlie Pumel at 160 and Carter Stumph at 170. Dustyn Taylor was 0-3 at 182.
With two forfeits at 113 and 126, the Pirates trailed going into every match by a score of 12-0. Of course that mattered little in the first dual against Blair Oaks as Boonville recorded only five wins in the 24 point loss.
Of course Williams and Whitaker had little trouble winning their match against the Falcons. Williams won by a fall over Connor Wilson in 4:00 while Whitaker recorded a first period pin against Levi Haney in 19 seconds.
Other winners had Bundy winning by a fall over Caden Killday in 2:36, Hahn winning in double overtime against Shane Gillmore 4-3 and Rapp winning by fall over DeVonte Sanders in 39 seconds.
In other matches, Mendez lost by a fall against Aidan Bollinger in 3:42; Watring lost by a fall against Jayce Griggs in 23 seconds; Marshall lost by a fall against Eli Batiste in 4:27; Pumel lost by a 4-3 decision against Ben Thomas; Stumph lost by a fall against Kyler Griep in 1:58; and Taylor lost by a fall against Adam Jurgensmeyer in 44 seconds.
In exhibition matches, Nash McKenzie lost by a fall against Dex Crane in the 152 pound weight class in 3:55. Blaine Stark also fell by fall in the 160 pound weight class against Jayden Pury in 17 seconds.
“This is the first time that we have ever dueled Blair Oaks so I really didn’t know what to expect,” Stock said. “They have a solid team.  Some of the highlight matches were Eric Bundy getting a fall against Caden Killday and Peyton Hahn getting a double overtime win against Shane Gillmore.  In this match the score was 0-0 through first three regular periods.  In the sudden victory period also ended 0-0.  In the next 30 second periods Gillmore chose down in got and escape and then a takedown to score three points.  Peyton chose down in the for the next period got an escape received a Penalty point for stalling and scored a takedown to win the match.  It is the first time I have ever seen someone score four points in a 30 second period.  We recorded several more wins in this dual but it was just not enough to win the dual.”
  In the match against Knob Noster, the Pirate wrestlers won four out of 10 actual matches with both teams having a double forfeit at 113.
McFarland picked up Boonville’s first win with a first period pin against Eric Bennett-Wade in 116. Whitaker, meanwhile, won his second match by fall against Sam Weinman in 1:06. Then, in the final match at heavyweight, Williams won by fall over Xavier Ortiz in 1:15.
In other matches, Mendez lost by fall against Sam Wilhelm in 31 seconds; Watring lost by fall against Nathan McDonald in 53 seconds; Bundy lost by fall against Conner Johnston in 1:59; Marshall lost by fall against Matt Wuntke in 1:13; Pumel lost by a 5-3 decision against Brodie Payne; Taylor lost by fall against Preston Ross in 28 seconds; and Hahn lost by fall against Steve Elwell in 28 seconds.
In the two exhibition matches against Knob Noster, McKenzie lost by fall against Atkinson in 2:19 while Stark was pinned by Savers in the second period in 2:36.
Stock said this is the first time in a long time that Boonville has dueled Knob Noster as well.  “I knew their 195 pounder was a really good wrestler but other than that I had no idea what they had,” Stock said.  “They had a solid team from top to bottom.  Brayden McFarland recorded a fall over Eric Bennett-Wade to get our firsti win of the dual.  Brant Whitaker and Dalton Williams also recorded falls for the team in this dual.  We caught several opens from Knob as well but it just wasn’t enough to get a win in the dual.”
In the final dual against Palmyra, Boonville won just 2 out of six actual matches but recorded forfeits in six other matches for the win.
Picking up the two wins for Boonville were Whitaker by fall over Peyton Timbrook in 1:40 and Pumel by fall over Nolyn Richard in 1:23.
In other matches, McFarland lost by fall against Grayson Stevens in 20 seconds; Stumph lost by fall against Connor Roberts in 3:33; Taylor lost by fall against Luke Triplett in 1:09; and Rapp lost by fall against Weston King in 2:39.
Stock said in the dual against Palmyra it was a tale of opens.  “We only wrestled matches in six of the 14 weight classes and of those six matches we only won two,” Stock said. “That didn’t matter because we only gave them 12 points in opens.  Brant and Charlie both wrestled very well to record our only wins in the matchup.  This is the second time we have wrestled Palmyra. We just dualed them in Moberly last week.  In that dual we did not win enough matches or get enough forfeits to win the dual.  This was not the case tonight.”
As of Tuesday night’s triangular, Whitaker currently holds the best record at 34-1 on the season. Pumel is 28-8 on the season, followed by Hahn at 25-11, Williams at 21-14, Bundy at 10-19, Mendez at 9-15, Rapp at 6-5, Marshall at 6-22, Watring at 5-21, Stumph at 3-4, Taylor at 1-10 and McFarland at 1-12.
The Boonville Pirates wrestling team will compete in the Second annual Highway 13 Throwdown in Higginsville on Saturday, Jan. 26th starting at 9 a.m.
Teams competing in the tournament for the boys are: Alta Vista, Macon, Hamilton, St. Michaels, Butler, St. Paul, Higginsville, Centralia, Sherwood, Tipton and Knob Noster.
Teams competing in the tournament for the girls are: Lathrop, Camdenton, Eldon, Battle, Columbia Hickman, Higginsville, Centralia, Sherwood, Tipton and Knob Noster.