The Boonville Pirates wrestling team knew they had the cards stacked against them going into Tuesday night’s triangular against Moberly and Palmyra.
While giving up 24 points on four forfeits against Moberly and 18 points on three forfeits against Palmyra, the Pirates knew they were in an uphill battle.
As it turned out, Moberly wound up beating Boonville 60-12 by winning seven out of nine matches. Meanwhile, in the match against Palmyra, the Pirates matched the Panthers with four wins but still fell by a score of 42-30.
In the match against Moberly, Boonville wrestling coach Justin Hahn said his team wrestled than the score shows.
“Moberly took fourth last year as a team and it showed tonight,” Hahn said. “We lost some close matches that we were leading in. Dustyn Taylor had a big win over a district opponent, and Brayden Gamel also got a good win. Travis Dell, Brayden McFarland and Caleb Martin were all leading in their matches when they either got pinned or lost a decision. Peyton Hahn lost a heartbreaker to the third-ranked wrestler 3-2. Moberly is a district opponent and we look to close the gap on them.”
While picking up two wins on the night against Moberly, junior Dustyn Taylor gave Boonville its first “W” with a second period pin against Beau Garrett in 2:59 in the 195 pound weight class. Meanwhile, at 106, Brayden Gamel won by a first period pin against Cole Givens in 1:45.
In other matches, Caleb Martin lost by a 6-4 decision against Hunter Boots in the 120 pound weight class. At 138, Eric Bundy lost by fall against Zach Lewis in 1:39. At 145, Brayden McFarland lost by fall against Dakota Courtney in 3:48. At 170, Travis Dell lost by fall against Clark Freeman in 3:19. At 189, Dakota Rapp lost by fall against Tristan Morris in 1:35. At 220, sophomore Peyton Hahn-ranked No. 1 in one poll and No. 3 in another poll-lost by a 3-2 decision against Jarrett Kinder. Meanwhile, at 285, Gaige Offineer lost by fall against Andrew Huff in 1:23.
Hahn said Moberly does not have a girl’s team.
In the match against Palmyra, Hahn said the Pirates were 4-4 in the dual and wrestled well. “Peyton Hahn and Eric Bundy both had first period pins,” Hahn said. “Dakota Rapp and Travis Dell both had 0-0 first periods and pinned their kid in the second.”
Bundy picked up Boonville’s first win in the match at 138 by recording the fastest pin on the night in 10 seconds against Grayson Stevens.
Dell also won by fall over against Conner Roberts in the 170 pound weight class in 3:05. Meanwhile, at 182, Rapp won by fall over Nolyn Richards in 3:16. As for Hahn’s match in the 220 pound weight class, the sophomore grappler recorded a first period pin against Jose Juarez in 1:32.
In other matches against Palmyra, Gamel lost by fall against Kaden Crane in the 106 pound weight class in 1:00. At 145, Brayden McFarland lost by fall against Hayes Miller in 1:11. At 195, Taylor lost by fall against Luke Tripplett in 2:49. Meanwhile, at 285, Offineer lost by fall against Weston King in 3:39.
The Lady Pirate wrestlers also fell against Palmyra by a score of 36-0.
Hahn said Boonville had one girl injured and only two matches against Palmyra.
“Jordan Birk wrestled tough and is getting better,” Hahn said. “Sarah Miller had a forfeit at 187 and rather than take the bye she bumped up to heavyweight to get a match. Sarah was giving up 30 pounds but had the Palmyra girl on her back in the second before losing by fall.”
In the only matches for Boonville, Jordan Birk lost by a fall against Dyoni Mundy in 44 seconds in the 130 pound weight class. Meanwhile, at heavyweight, Sarah Miller was pinned by Lydia Althoff in 3:37.
The loss dropped Boonville to 2-5-1 on the season.
The Boonville Pirates wrestling team will compete in the Owensville Tournament on Saturday. Then, on Tuesday, Jan. 21, the Pirate grapplers will compete in a triangular with Blair Oaks and Southern Boone at Blair Oaks starting at 5:30 p.m.