Rock Bridge struggles through season-opening victory

Cam Purcell provides the lone pin as forfeits greatly aid the Bruins.
Wednesday, December 3, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 8:54 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 2, 2008

A few forfeits from Boonville’s wrestling team lifted Rock Bridge to a win in its first match.

The Bruins defeated the Pirates 38-25 at Rock Bridge on Tuesday. The Pirates forfeited four matches, giving the Bruins 24 points.

The Pirates’ 112-pounder did not weigh-in, and the 160-pounder was sick. The Pirates don’t have wrestlers at 103 and 145 pounds.

The Bruins were trailing until the final match. The forfeit at 145 gave the Bruins a 26-25 lead. At 152 pounds, Cam Purcell pinned Ben Buchanan in 2:53, the Bruins’ only pin. Purcell’s pin and the 160-pound forfeit gave the Bruins 38 points.

Bruins coach John Kopnisky said the Pirates (0-1) are a tough team with a solid lineup. The Bruins have a lot to work on before the teams meet later, he said.

“The guys have their system and they work it well,” Kopnisky said. “It might be different next time. Hopefully it’s different in our favor.”

The Bruins won two of their first six matches; the first match was an indication of the competition they were about to face.

The Pirates’ Aaron Rapp came from behind to defeat Erin Slate 10-4 at 170 pounds. Slate led 4-2 in the first period with two takedowns. Rapp dominated Slate the rest of the match with two near falls in the second period and a takedown in the third.

Rapp, a senior, finished sixth at the state tournament last year. He knew his team was going to have a tough time with the forfeits.

“Coach was telling us we had to come out and wrestle,” Rapp said. “When we could, we were trying to get the pin.”

The Pirates had two pins. Mitch Livingston (130) pinned Kiffer Slate in 1:15. At heavyweight, Brett Morris pinned Nick Fuchs in 21 seconds for the fastest pin of the match.

Senior Chris Hardesty said the Bruins’ veterans didn’t get too relaxed with the advantage against the Pirates. Hardesty defeated Nathan Bright 7-5, but needed to stop twice in the third period because of a bloody nose.

“A lot of our guys have been wrestling for a few years,” Hardesty said.

“They know that even one match can mean the whole dual. I think everyone went out and tried their hardest.”

The Bruins’ Curt Haas (189) suffered a knee injury 20 seconds into the second period of his scoreless match. Haas forfeited to Chad Melkersman, giving the Pirates a 9-0 lead.

Bruins assistant coach Jason Stanoch said the team needs to assess the injury.

The Bruins wrestled without Brady Wilson, who injured his leg in football practice. He is expected to return next week at 145.

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