Jameson White overcame a deficit to win the 195-pound match, but the Hannibal wrestling team lost to Quincy 41-34 in a dual Tuesday.
Jameson White trailed Quincy's Blake Boling 11-2 before deciding enough was enough Tuesday night. The Hannibal wrestler stormed back to record a 12-11 decision at 195 pounds.
The turnaround on the mats was not enough for the Pirates to pull out a team victory as the host Blue Devils downed the visitors 41-34 in the first dual between the schools in at least 10 years.
But it's safe to say White displayed the fight Pirates coach Derek Greening was looking for.
“Jameson had the match of the night from our standpoint,” Greening said. “He showed a lot of heart in winning that match. Very proud of his effort.”
Hannibal and Quincy split 10 contested matches Tuesday.
For the Pirates, Bailie Rethorn got things started and won by pin fall in 2:53 at 120 pounds. Kaleb Greening (145) earned a 3-1 decision over Thomas Culp before Austin Carroll (170) dominated an 11-1 major decision over Gavin Wendling. After White's win, Chase Kirby pinned A.J. Miller for the final points of the night.
Hannibal's Lyndon Otten (113), Gavin Morawitz (138), Eli Williams (152) and Sean Carroll (180) each lost via pins, while Vernell Hawkins went down by technical fall to Hunter Yohn.
Each team won two matches by forfeit.
The Pirates continue their season at the Wentzville-Liberty Tournament on Saturday.
“All of the kids are showing improvement on the little things we have been working on, which is exactly what we want,” coach Greening said. “Once the little things become habits, the bigger things start to work out for them and I think they are starting to believe that.”