The Hannibal wrestling team celebrated three seniors but lost to Class 2 No. 2-ranked Mexico 52-19 on Wednesday at Korf Gymnasium.
Sean Carroll enjoys wrestling in front of his home crowd.
But the Hannibal senior was upset after weigh ins Wednesday night.
It was senior night for the Pirates wrestling team, and Mexico did not have anyone weigh in at 182 pounds.
But the Bulldogs bumped up a wrestler before the match started to fill the vacant spot.
Carroll earned a 3-1 decision over Brandon Whitaker as he improved to 13-11 on the season.
Carroll’s win was not enough, as the Class 2 No. 2-ranked Bulldogs rolled to a 52-19 win.
Despite the lopsided score, Carroll mentioned he was not only happy with his individual win, but also pleased with the way his teammates wrestled.
“It was a great night, one I have been looking forward to for a while,” the senior said. “And it was a fun experience to get a win on my senior night and also with my buddies. We may not have won as a team, but the aggressiveness everyone on the team showed tonight was great. It’s been a while since we have wrestled this hard.”
Carroll trailed 1-0 heading into the third period. The point he allowed came on a penalty with five seconds left in the first period. Carroll broke away from a hold, charged toward Whitaker and bumped heads. He was whistled for head butting.
“Yeah it was frustrating,” the senior stated. “It wasn’t something I was expecting, but it happens, I guess.”
After riding out Whitaker in the second period, Carroll chose to start the third on bottom. He escaped just five seconds into the period to knot the score. The Pirate senior scored a takedown on the edge of the mat with 1:15 left in the match for the winning points.
“I don’t like to lose at home,” Carroll said. “After the escape I was just trying to score any way I could.”
Carroll was not the only senior to win on senior night.
Kaleb Greening picked up a pin fall with just 15 seconds remaining in the first period in his 145-pound match.
Greening recorded a takedown early in the match before securing the win by locking up a cradle.
The win improved Greening’s record to 15-8 on the year.
“Kaleb went out there and took care of business real fast,” head coach Derek Greening said.
The Pirates third and final senior, Austin Carroll, had his hands full with Bulldogs 170-pounder Kellen Ekern.
The Mexico grappler is the two-time defending state champion who is currently ranked No. 1 at 170.
Carroll was trailing 10-3 when he ultimately succumbed by pin in the second period.
Coach Greening mentioned Carroll’s fight exemplified the way his team battled all match.
“Austin had a very, very tough kid tonight, and I thought he fought hard against him,” the Pirates coach said. “And I really thought all of our kids wrestled well tonight. We did not win many matches, but Mexico is one of the best teams in Class 2, and we competed in a lot of tight matches. Our kids really scrapped out there tonight.”
Tyler Leonard was the only other Hannibal wrestler who won a contested match. Leonard, who is ranked No. 6 in Class 3, scored a major decision win in his 126-pound match, 13-2. The freshman improved to 23-3 on the year.
Bailie Rethorn picked up a win by forfeit for the Pirates at 120.
Jameson White nearly picked up another win for Hannibal at 195.
White hit a duck under for a takedown with 61 seconds left in the match to tie Hale Fuemmeler. But the Bulldog grappler escaped 14 seconds later and scored a takedown with 12 seconds left in the match when White failed to execute a headlock.
The Pirates return to the mats Friday at the St. Charles West Tournament.
“There are a lot of positives to take away from tonight,” coach Greening said of the loss. “We battled in every match, and we are just trying to be ready by the end of the year.”