The little things hurt the Hannibal wrestling team the most Thursday during a 54-21 dual loss at Fort Zumwalt North.

The little things hurt the Hannibal wrestling team the most Thursday during a 54-21 dual loss at Fort Zumwalt North.

Hannibal, which moved five grapplers up a weight class because it didn't have either of its regular 160-pound wresters available, won just three of 11 contested matches. 

“Honestly in several of those matches, we were in them, and then we lost a scramble or made a mistake that led to us getting caught on our backs and pinned,” Hannibal coach Derek Greening said. “Three of the matches we lost we actually scored first. We just came out on the wrong side.” 

Five Pirates were trapped and defeated by pin fall. 

Greening mentioned his team can learn from the losses in preparation for the district tournament Feb. 8-9.

“All of those kids came off the mat and realized what they needed to do to avoid those situations, so that is what is important,” Greening said. “We will keep working on the little things and hopefully have them all figured out in two weeks.”

Hannibal freshman Tyler Leonard, ranked sixth in Class 3 at 126, pinned Logan Prinster in 3 minutes, 54 seconds at 132.

Chase Kirby also picked up a pin for Hannibal at 220 over Calvin Pieper in 4 minutes, 25 seconds. 

Austin Carroll rounded out the Pirates scoring with a 7-3 decision over Josh Spence.

Hannibal returns to the mats Wednesday for a quadrangular in Warrenton.