Jacob Borgmeyer, a former Hannibal High School wrestling standout, will be the Pirates' next head wrestling coach.
Borgmeyer, a three-time state medalist while wrestling for HHS, was introduced earlier this week. The 2013 Hannibal High graduate is thrilled to have been selected the team's new head coach.
"To be trusted to take over this program that has such a rich tradition and is so respected statewide, it is a great feeling. I really appreciate the opportunity," said Borgmeyer, who last season served as the varsity assistant wrestling coach at HHS under Derek Greening, who stepped down as coach after last season in order to spend more time with his family.
Borgmeyer does not envision changing a great deal.
"It has a rich tradition and a winning tradition," he said. "Our vision is that we're going to win every time we step on the mat."
Borgmeyer is not just interested in continuing the team's winning tradition, but with building character.
"That is what I hope to continue, to be a better person when they leave this program than when they joined it," he said.
Borgmeyer is very familiar with the talent he inherits.
"We have some very talented kids and a lot of them are younger," he said. "I have high hopes for all these kids."
Borgmeyer is also upbeat about the talent that will be moving up from the middle school wrestling program.
"We have a great group of middle school kids that is coming up that are going to make some noise," he said.
After graduating from Hannibal, Borgmeyer went to Lindenwood University where he was a four-year starter and team captain is sophomore, junior and senior seasons. In his senior year at Lindenwood, Borgmeyer was an NCAA Division II national qualifier. An academic All-American his senior year, Borgmeyer graduated from Lindenwood in May of 2018.