The Hannibal wrestling team hosted its first meet at Korf Gymnasium Tuesday night and came away with a 48-30 loss to Kirksville.
Hannibal and Kirksville wrestled 12 varisty matches and split the decisions down the middle, with each team winning six matches. The difference though was that Kirksville won all six of its matches by pin while Hannibal only won four by pin. The Pirates’ other two victories came by small decision.
After winning two of its first three varsity matches to take a 12-6 lead, Hannibal lost the next five to put themselves in a 36-12 hole. The Pirates (4-2) battled their way back into it, winning the next four matches, but two of those wins came via small decision.
“Our kids are tough,” Hannibal wrestling coach Derek Greening said. “They are resilent and they know that sometime things like that happen. Everybody just goes out there and takes care of what they can take care of and the team score settles at the end.”
A win via small decision brings in only 3 points whereas a win by pin brings in 6.
With two matches left the Pirates trailed Kirksville 36-30, but Hannibal lost them both and lost the dual.
“Kirksville is awful tough,” Greening said. “But, we wrestled pretty good tonight.”
Of the Pirates four victories by pin, only Jake Borgmeyer and Tyler Janes were able to pin their opponent in the first round.
“We knew it was going to be tough,” Janes said. “We knew Kirksville was right about our level and if we were going to compete with them and stay with them, we knew we had to have a lot of pins. That was the goal, to go out and get as many pins as possible.”
Greening was pleased with the way both Borgmeyer and Janes wrestled.
“Those two just go out there and wrestle hard,” Greening said. “They find the opening and they take care of their opponents. Both of them did really well.”
In the varsity opener, Janes pinned his opponent, Evan Alijundi, in the 132 weight class. Janes needed just 1:11 to get the win. It was the quickest win of the night in varsity.
Hannibal’s other first round pinning came from Borgmeyer in the heavyweight division (285 pounds or more) when Borgmeyer beat Kirksville’s Austin Dovin in 1:53.
“I knew this kid because I had seen him before,” Borgmeyer said. “So I knew I could win, but I am confident in all my matches. I just had to go out there, get a take down and turn him and get it over with.”
The Pirates other two wins by pin came in the second round and the third round.
Sophomore Austin Janes pinned his 106 weight class opponent, Riley Stewart, in the second round while sophomore Colby Collings pinned his 145 pound weight class opponent in the third round.
Two Hannibal wrestlers went all three rounds, a total of 6 minutes on the mat, before being declared winners.
Kyle Muehring’s 220 pound weight class match was the first match of the night to no be won by pin. Muehring beat Kirksville’s Logan Summers by a 5-2 decision.
“I watched him (Summers) over the weekend at the tournament,” Muehring said. “I knew he was going to be tough and I went out there with confidence. I knew I was going to have to work for it and I just gave it my all.”
The Pirates other win by decision was Chandler Fohey. Fohey won his 113 weight class match against Ethan Rentschler by a 2-0 decision.
“It was tough,” Fohey said. “We both wrestled our hardest. I tried to keep it safe (at the end) and wrestle smart.”
Greening had high praise for Fohey regarding his match.
“Chandler (Fohey) lost to that kid last year in a very close match,” Greening said. “This year he totally dominated his match. It was a 2-0 score, but it totally dominated it.”
Hannibal had two weight classes where no wrestler entered. Because of that, Kirksville won both of those weight classes by forfeit. In the 126 weight class, the Pirates wrestler was not able to be at Tuesday night’s dual. In Hannibal’s 160 pound weight class, Kyle Messer, who went 5-0 on Saturday, missed the dual because of a broken hand. According to Greening, Messer is out for at least a month.
In the exhibition matches, the Pirates beat Kirksville 24-21. Austin Voss had the quickest overall win of the night, pinning his opponent in 29 seconds. Also winning in exhibition matches were Brad Dillman, Kris Ruddell and Nick Meyer.
Ruddell actually won two exhibition matches. Both of Ruddell’s wins came via decision. The first win was a 9-7 decision and the second was by a 5-2 decision.
Next up for the Pirates will be a road trip to Kirksville on Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8 where Hannibal will take part in the Kirksville Tournament.