Boonville Pirates wrestling coach Justin Hahn said the team overall did some good things over the weekend while competing in the Columbia Hickman Tournament.
While facing some of the best teams in Class 3-4, the Pirate wrestlers finished the tournament with one second place finisher and one fifth place finisher against a field of 18 teams.
“Overall, I thought our wrestlers did some good things but it didn’t show in the win column,” Hahn said. “I told my wrestlers they did some good things and that iron sharpens iron. Our medalists were Peyton Hahn and Dakota Rapp. Dakota took fifth in the 182 pound weight class while Peyton finished second at 220. I thought Dakota wrestled well on his feet by hitting some good shots and was tough on top. He was also a great senior leader for us this weekend and has placed in every tournament this year. As for Peyton, he also had a great tournament and knocked off the No. 5 ranked wrestler in Class 4 in Brent Aulber of Jeff City by fall in the second period and returning state medalist in Class 3 Cort Petty of Camdenton 4-1. Peyton’s only loss came in the finals to Chase Stegall, who is ranked No. 19 in the country. Peyton was tough on top the whole tournament, pinning three of his opponents.”
In the final team standings, Edwardsville captured first with 344.5 points. Jefferson City finished second with 249 points, followed by Northwest (Cedar Hill) 227, Lee’s Summit North 212.5, Hickman 187.5, Camdenton 183, Willard 162.5, Fulton 146, Rock Bridge 137, Lindbergh 134.5, DeSmet 99.5, Hallsville 88, Boonville 67.5, Battle 59.5, Joplin 59, Capital City 56.5, Southern Boone 40.5 and Parkway South 39.
While finishing second in the 220 pound weight class, Hahn also improved to 31-3 on the season.
Of course it didn’t hurt that Hahn won his first-three matches by fall, pinning Gunner Price of Joplin in 1:12, Brant Aulbur of Jeff City in 3:39 and Jacob Perez of DeSmet in 5:32. In the semifinals, Hahn won by a 4-1 decision over Cort Petty of Camdenton. Meanwhile, in the championship match, Hahn was pinned by Chase Stegall of Northwest Cedar Hill in 49 seconds.
As for Rapp, the senior grappler also won his first match by fall by pinning Gavin Killingsworth of Willard in 3:04. Meanwhile, after a bye in the second round, Rapp lost by fall against Johnny Daffron of Northwest Cedar Hill in 1:44. Rapp also fell in the quarterfinals, losing by fall against Jakil Hayes of Jeff City in 3:21. However, in the consolation round, Rapp came back and defeated Carlos Crump of Lindbergh 8-1. Rapp split his next two matches, losing in the consolation semifinals against Daffron for the second time in the tournament by pin in 2:23. Meanwhile, in the fifth place match, Rapp won by a 8-7 decision over Hurley Jacobs of Capital City to improve to 20-13 on the season.
Travis Dell and Gaige Offineer both placed eighth overall in the 170 and 285 pound weight classes, respectively.
Dell, 18-13 on the season, won by fall in the first round over David Gibson of Fulton in 3:12. Then, after receiving a bye in the second round, Dell lost by fall against Michael Friedrich of Jeff City in 1:34. Dell would forfeit his next-three matches against Connor Kuehler of Lindbergh, Erin Sneed of Joplin and Zach Tran of Rock Bridge.
As for Offineer, the junior grappler won by a 7-0 decision in the opening round against Andrew Hinchey of Northwest Cedar Hill. Then, after receiving a bye in the second round, Offineer lost by fall against Brandon Backues of Jeff City in 15 seconds. Offineer would also drop his next-three matches, losing by fall against Jacob Jackson of DeSmet in 15 seconds, Drew Nichols of Rock Bridge in 1:41 and Carson Gehring of Willard in 1:00.
In other weight classes, Brayden McFarland finished 9th overall in the 145 pound weight class with a record of 1-2. McFarland dropped his first-two matches by fall, losing to
Grant Schmid of Edwardsville in 53 seconds and Sam Rackers of Jeff City in 40 seconds. Then, after receiving byes in his next-three matches, McFarland won by a 14-8 decision over Lucas Hulett of Hallsville to even his season record to 16-16.
In the 195 pound weight class, Dustyn Taylor finished 10th overall with a record of 1-3. Taylor dropped his first-two matches by falls against Simon Weakley of Edwardsville in 2:24 and Kaiden Davis of Camdenton in 2:35. Meanwhile, after receiving byes in his next-two matches, Taylor came back and won by fall over Tyrese Lawson of Parkway South in 3:34. Then, in the ninth place match, Taylor lost by fall against Brayden Kenner of Lindbergh in 2:44.
In the 138 pound weight class, Eric Bundy finished 14th overall with a record of 1-6. After receiving a bye in the first round, Bundy lost by fall in his next match against Jacob Harding of Northwest Cedar Hill in 3:24. Then, after losing by fall against Owen Twaddle of Rock Bridge in the third round in 3:24, Bundy received another bye. Bundy, however, would drop his next-two matches by fall against CJ Stanford of Willard in 1:41 and Aaron Elsasser of Hickman in 4:00. Meanwhile, in the consolation round, Bundy won by fall over Keaton Schrage of Capital City in 1:33. Unfortunately in his final two matches, Bundy would lose by falls against Jack Stanley of Joplin in 3:52 and Bishop Moore of Parkway South in 2:59.
The Boonville Pirates and Lady Pirates wrestling teams will host Missouri Military Academy and Warsaw on Senior Parents Night on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at the Windsor gymnasium starting at 5:30 p.m. Then, on Saturday, Feb. 1, Boonville will compete in the Higginsville Tournament.
Note: The Boonville Lady Pirates wrestling team will compete in the Class 1 District 2 Tournament on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7-8 at Holt High School in Wentzville. Then, on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14-15, the Boonville Pirate wrestlers will compete in the Class 2 District 2 Tournament at Mexico High School.
The Missouri State Tournament will be held February 20-22 at Mizzou Arena in Columbia.