In their final wrestling appearance on the Hannibal High School home mats, seniors Jake Borgmeyer and Brant Dooley left the floor victorious.
Unfortunately for the Pirate wrestling team, the same was not true as Hannibal lost 35-30 to Fulton Thursday night.
“It was a great way to go out with a bang,” Borgmeyer said. “I love wrestling in this gym and on this mat and it was just great to come out here and get a win.”
Dooley was just as pleased to perform well in front of his home crowd.
“It is an awesome feeling to win in front of the home crowd,” Dooley said. “It was a pretty good feeling. I like wrestling in front of my home crowd, my fellow students and family.”
Before both teams took the mat, Hannibal had a ceremony to recognize their seniors. Aside from Borgmeyer and Dooley, the Pirates also recognized senior MiKayla Murphy who does all the wrestling teams statistics.
“It was good,” Borgmeyer said. “We went through one (of these) in football, but wrestling is my sport, so it meant a lot more to be here with my parents (Bob and Tracy Borgmeyer) because they have supported me for as long as I can remember in this sport.”
Hannibal coach Derek Greening reflected on the final home meet of the season.
“It is always emotional on senior night,” Greening said. “Those guys come out and put their black singlet on at home for one last time. Wrestling in front of our home crowd on the black mat, it is a pretty neat deal and both those boys (Borgmeyer and Dooley) came out and got pins tonight. So it was pretty cool.”
In his most recent home meet, Dooley was just a spectator, although not by choice. Instead, it was because the Pirates opponents did not have a person in the 182 weight division to match up with Dooley. This time though, Dooley had a match, Fulton’s Kobe Kaminski.
“Our last home meet I didn’t have a match and that was kind of disappointing,” Dooley said. “I am glad I got out here and won this one.”
After a scoreless first round, Dooley fell behind to Kaminski in the second round. Kaminski scored five points to Dooley’s one.
“I was thinking I had to get my butt in gear,” Dooley said. “I had to get the win for the team.”
Still trailing with 28 seconds left in the third round, Dooley (20-7) pinned Kaminiski for the Pirates’ first pin of the night.
“It was a decent match,” Dooley said. “But I would have liked to have done better.”
Greening was pleased with Dooley’s finish.
“He just got caught,” Greening said. He gave up five points. He then got on top and did what he has done all year. He slapped him in the cradle and turned his guy and stuck him. It was a good match for Brant (Dooley).”
Three matches later, in the heavyweight division, the Pirates other senior, Borgmeyer wasted little time in pinning his opponent. While Borgmeyer used most of the first period, he finally pinned Fulton’s Dylan Anderson with 3 seconds remaining. At the time of Borgmeyer’s pinning he was ahead of Anderson 8-4 in points.
“I don’t wear down as much,” Borgmeyer said. “I am a lot better conditioned than what I have been in the past. But, I like getting it over with. I don’t mean to take anything away from my opponents, but guys who don’t really belong on the mat with me, I don’t like to give them the edge like I made it this far with him. I am going to end it early.”
Of Borgmeyer’s wins this year, a team-high 16 have come via pin. Dooley is right behind Borgmeyer with 15 wins via pin.
Borgmeyer’s pin was the Pirates’ second and final pin of the night. The win also kept Borgmeyer (24-0) with an undefeated record on the season.
“It is tough,” Borgmeyer said. “Here in a couple of weeks, I am going to have a lot of good competition that I haven’t seen yet this year. I am excited for it.”
Greening had nothing but praise for Borgmeyer.
“He is a big guy and has worked hard,” Greening said. “He is a three time placer so far at the state tournament. He has put in his time and paid his dues. He works hard and is always here. So he is getting what he deserves and having great success.”
Overall, the Pirates wrestled 10 matches and won six of them. However, Fulton was able to win the meet because the Hornets lost three matches via pin and one by technical fall. Fulton also won two matches by forfeit as the Pirates had no one to match up against the Hornets.
In Hannibal’s four non pin victories, Austin Janes, Tyler Janes, Colby Collings, and Kyle Muehring all won by decision.
“We did alright tonight,” Greening said. “We lost a couple of matches that could have gone our way, but we had some big matches where the kids got out there and did a really good job. It was the first match back after the break, so we had to get out there and shake the rust.”
Austin Janes (19-5) beat Josh McClure by a 4-1 decision in the 106 weight class while Tyler Janes (22-2) beat Cody Pae by a 3-2 decision in the 132 weight class. Collings (24-1) won the 145 weight division with a 5-2 decision over Trey Hudson and Muehring (17-4) beat Clayton Bristol by a 3-1 decision in the 220 weight class.
“The Janes boys, they wrestled tough,” Greening said. “Both those boys are darn tough. That Cody Pae is a No. 1 ranked kid that Tyler beat and the kid that Austin beat is highly ranked. Both those boys had tough matches. Those were big wins for us, big wins.”
Also picking up a win for Hannibal was Chandler Fohey. Fohey (23-1) earned a forfeit win against Fulton in the 113 weight division when he had no opponent.
Next up for the Hannibal grapplers will be a trip to Mexico on Wednesday, Jan. 9 when the Pirates take on the Bulldogs in a North Central Missouri Conference dual.