The Hannibal wrestling team traveled to Jefferson City Wednesday night for a pair of duels with Helias Catholic and Warrenton. Overall, the Pirates split their two duels. Hannibal beat Warrenton 43-29 and fell to Helias 45-34.

Heading into the duel, Hannibal had two grapplers still sporting an undefeated record. Pirate senior Jake Borgmeyer picked up a pair of forfeit wins as Helias and Warrenton both did not have anyone in the heavyweight division. For the season, Borgmeyer is now 23-0. He has pinned 15 of his opponents and won six by forfeit. Borgmeyer also has a win by decision and a win by major decision. Borgmeyer’s leads Hannibal in both forfeit wins and pins this season.

Hannibal’s other undefeated grappler was Chandler Fohey. Fohey wrestled in the 113 weight class. Fohey beat Warrenton’s Dakota Werner by a 16-6 major decision, but lost an 8-2 decision to Helias’ Dylan Lisenbard. After a scoreless first round against Lisenbard, Fohey had a rough second round in which Lisenhard scored most of his points. For the season, Fohey is 22-1.

In the 106 weight class, Austin Janes improved to 18-5 on the season when he won both his matches. The first match was a forfeit win against Warrenton and the second was a pin in the second round against Helias’ Slater Schrimpf.  Tyler Janes picked up his 20th and 21st wins of the season when he pinned both of his opponennts. Tyler Janes pinned Warrenton’s Seth Brierly in the second round and then pinned Helias’ Jacob Schultz in the first round. Tyler Janes is 21-2 on the year.

Colby Collings was the only other Pirate to have a perfect 2-0 night in Jefferson City. Collings pinned Warrenton’s Dan Filipek and beat Helias’ Ryan Mankin by a 10-0 major decision. Collings (23-1) is tied for the team lead with Borgmeyer in wins at 23.

Hannibal wasn’t the only team picking up some forfeit victories though. The Pirates were open at the 120, 126, and 160 weight classes against both Warrenton and Helias. In addition, Hannibal had a fourth open weight class (195) against Helias.

Those four forfeit wins gave Helias more than half (24) of their 45 points while Warrenton picked up 18 of its 29 points in forfeit wins.

Austin Hawes (170) and Harry Vessell (220) both picked up forfeit wins against Warrenton. Vessell went on to pin his Helias opponent, Matt Peppard while Hawes lost to his Helias opponent.

In the 138 weight class, Eli Ratliff split his two matches. Ratliff beat Warrenton’s Dan Queathem by a 6-0 decision and then lost to Helias’ Logan Shea by pin in the second round. Brant Dooley also split his matches. Dooley (182) lost to Warrenton’s J.J. Filipek by pin in the second round, but beat Helias’ Nate Jones by pin less than 30 seconds into the match.

In junior varsity action, Tyler Leake beat Warrenton’s Brendan Brannoc by pin in the second round while Kris Ruddell beat Warrenton’s Steven Strohbec in a 5-2 decision. The Pirates junior varisty beat Warrenton 9-0. Against Helias, the Pirates JV team lost 12-0 when Ruddell was pinned in the second round and Brad Dillman was pinned halfway through the third round.

Hannibal is now 10-4 in team duels and has an overall record of 201-114 for the season thus far. The Pirates will be off for the Christmas break, but they will return to the mat on Thursday, Jan. 3 for a duel with North Central Missouri Conference foe Fulton. Since the Jan. 3 match is the Pirates’ final home match of the year, Hannibal will be celebrating senior nigh that evening.