Wins 39-35 against Eldon, falls to Versailles 45-36
After finishing 1-1 against Eldon and Versailles Thursday night in conference action at the Windsor gymnasium, Boonville wrestling coach Justin Hahn couldn’t help but feel positive about the future of the program.
Despite giving up four forfeits in both matches, the Boonville Pirate wrestlers defeated Eldon 39-35 while falling to Versailles 45-36.
As for the Boonville Lady Pirates wrestling team, they went 0-1-1 on the night by losing to Eldon 18-12 and tying Versailles 12-12.
“We wrestled well tonight,” Hahn said. “We fought in every match and even the matches we lost we fought. We had a couple of comeback wins tonight and had a big win at heavyweight against Eldon. Eldon bumped their 220 pounder up to 285 to try and win the dual, but Gaige Offineer stepped up and won the match. Against Versailles our goal was to score 30 and we scored 36. Versailles has won conference the last three years in a row because they keep a full line. But in actual matches wrestled, we won more than they did.”
In actual matches, Boonville finished 2-2 against Eldon and 5-3 against Versailles.
The Boonville Pirate wrestlers are currently 5-10 overall and 1-3 in the Tri-County Conference while the Lady Pirates are 2-4-1 overall and 1-2-1 in the TCC.
Of course nobody had a better night than junior Gaige Offineer, who finished 2-0.
With Boonville trailing 35-30 after the 220 pound weight class against Eldon, Offineer broke a 0-0 tie at the end of the first period against Jon Schoenfeld with an escape and a takedown in the second period to go up 3-0. Meanwhile, in the third period, Offineer took down Schonfield again to win the match 5-0. Meanwhile, in the match against Versailles’ Dylan Davis at heavyweight, Offineer won by a fall in 1:13.
The win improved Offineer’s record to 14-5 on the season.
Junior wrestler Eric Bundy also picked up a win in the 138 pound weight class against Eldon. Bundy improved to 3-5 on the season by pinning Tanner Pappas in 16 seconds.
In other matches against Eldon, Caleb Martin lost by a fall against Aidan Gerber in 1:21 in the 120 pound weight class while Dustyn Taylor lost by technical fall against Kaiden Dillon 15-0 in the 195 pound weight class.
Boonville was open at 113, 126, 132 and 160 while the Mustangs had opens at 106, 145, 170, 182, 220. Both teams were also open at 152.
Against Versailles, freshman Caleb Martin won by fall in the first period against Robert Silvey in 1:19 in the 120 pound weight class to open the match.
However, the Tigers picked up three straight wins after that-two by forfeits-to lead Boonville 18-6. At 138, Bundy lost by fall against Payton LaFoy in 1:23. Meanwhile, at 145, junior Braden McFarland recorded Boonville’s second win in the match with a first period pin against Kyle Flieger in 1:28.
Then, after two more forfeits at 152 and 160 to give the Tigers a 30-12 lead, Boonville recorded another win at 170 with sophomore Travis Dell pinning Connor Lehman in 3:36.
The win was Dell’s 12th of the season in 17 matches. But it wasn’t easy as Lehman led 2-0 after the first period before a takedown and a pin by Dell in the second period.
Versailles also recorded wins at 182 and 195, with Gage Tessier prevailing 6-2 over senior Dakota Rapp and Riley Rademan pinning Taylor in 3:02.
Of course nobody, not even the Tigers, were going to keep Boonville from winning the next-two matches at 220 and 285. Sophomore Peyton Hahn, the No. 1 ranked wrestler in one poll and the No. 3 ranked wrestler in another poll in Class 2, improved to 18-1 on the season with a second period pin against Mason Hibdon in 3:21. Meanwhile at heavyweight, Offineer picked up his second win of the night and improved to 9-11 with the pin against Davis.
Hahn said Dell’s match stood out to him because he had to come from behind to win. “Travis was taken down in the first period but kept wrestling and then came back and tied the match and ended up getting the ball,” Hahn said. “Another match that stood out was Dustyn Taylor’s match. Even though he lost both matches on the night, he had two returning state medalists. The Versailles’ kid is a Class 1 returning state medalist and Dustyn went out there and did some good things. He fought. Dustyn is doing a great job.”
In an exhibition matches against Versailles, Zane Watring lost by fall against Tye Edgar in 3:12 in the 138 pound weight class.
As for the lady grapplers, senior Sarah Miller won by a fall against Eldon’s Abby Bashore in 2:35 in the 187 pound weight class while Eliza Adams lost by fall in the 135 pound weight class against Olivia Chapman in 2:26. Meanwhile, in the only match against Versailles, Jordan Birk lost by fall against Bethany Howard in 11 seconds.
Hahn said Miller had a good pin against Bashore.
“Sarah is now 3-1 and beat a different girl the last time we wrestled Eldon,” Hahn said. “But it was a good match. Eliza also wrestled tough. She’s had three matches and lost to the same girl twice. I have been telling Eliza that she can do this and to just go out there and fight and she ended up taking the girl down and was close to putting her on her back. I definitely think this was a big time confidence builder for Eliza even though she lost.”