Whitaker, Pumel and Hahn all win their opening round matches

The Boonville Pirates wrestling team had what head coach Christian Stock called a "Good day" in the opening round of the Missouri State High School Wrestling Championships Thursday at Mizzou Arena in Columbia.

While finishing 4-1 on the first day of the state tournament in Class 2, the Pirate wrestlers will also have four wrestlers move on to the second day of the tournament on Friday.

"We looked at the brackets coming in and we thought we had fairly decent draws," Stock said. "I thought Dalton maybe let one slip a little bit in his first match but kept his head straight and came back in wrestlebacks and took out another No. 1 seed from another district. Peyton's went to the third period and the other two were first period pins. It's a good thing going 4-1, though. These kids have worked really hard all season long and I am proud of how they are performing; they have a really good mindset right now and that is what we have to have."

Boonville sophomore Brant Whitaker took care of business the Whitaker way in the 152 pound weight class by pinning Drew Spire of Maryville in the first period in 1:36. Whitaker will wrestle Odessa's Luke Malizzi in the quarterfinals on Friday. Malizzi won by a major decision against Zach Achterberg of  St. James 15-2. Whitaker is currently 46-1 while Malizzi is 45-6.

In the 160 pound weight class, senior Charlie Pumel also won his first round match by pin against Isaiah Strong of Miller Academy in 1:30. Pumel will wrestle Hayden Burks of Bolivar in the quarters. Burks won by fall in 49 seconds in the first round against Aiden Bromowski of Benton. Pumel is 38-10 on the season while Burks comes in at 50-0.

In the 195 pound weight class, freshman Peyton Hahn went the full three periods against Jeff Featherston of Dexter but wound up winning by fall in a time of 4:51. Hahn will wrestle Zander Brinegar of Oak Grove in the quarterfinals on Friday. Brinegar won by fall in his opening round match against Keiren Watkins of Maryville in 1:45. Brinegar is currently 35-12 while Hahn improved to 34-15 on the season.

As for Dalton Williams at heavyweight, the senior grappler finished 1-1 on opening day by losing his first round match by fall against Clayton Vaughn of Ste. Genevieve in 1:47. However, in the first round wrestlebacks, Williams came back with a pin against Jacob Dowell of Benton in 3:35 after trailing 2-1 after the first period. Williams' opponent in second round wrestlebacks will be determined after the quarterfinals at 285.