QUINCY -- Quincy High School wrestling coach Phil Neally and Hannibal coach Derek Greening had a chance encounter at an open event last summer at Maryville University in St. Louis.
"We were at the Maryville open match. Quincy was there, we were there," Greening said. "We started talking. We were like, ‘Do you have any open dates?' Things just kind of went from there."
The conversation sparked what the two programs hope will become a cross-river rivalry.
The Blue Devils defeated Hannibal 41-34 Tuesday to win the inaugural Border Brawl. Neither coach was sure, but they agreed it was the first time in more than 10 years that the two programs met in a dual.
"It's a fun environment and something for these kids to look forward to every year," Neally said. "It's great for wrestling in the area. It was an exciting event."
It also gives the two teams a chance to see quality competition early in the season.
"Traditionally, we're two pretty good programs," Greening said. "It's always a neat atmosphere here. It's nice to get together."
It was a back-and-forth affair.
J.C. Lackey picked up a crucial victory for the Blue Devils at 182 pounds, pinning Hannibal's Sean Carroll with 53 seconds left in the third period with the score tied 7-7. He made a quick reversal out of the bottom position and seemed to catch Carroll off guard, creating a swing in points that was crucial for Quincy's victory.
"(Lackey) worked hard to put himself in a good position," Neally said. "Sometimes the ball bounces your way. Call it luck, call it whatever you want. I call it a win for us, and we were happy about it."
Matthew Peters picked up a win at 138 pounds for the Blue Devils by pinning Gavin Morawitz with 41 seconds left in the first round.
"I get to the line, and everything just kind of blanked out. One-way vision," Peters said. "I got to my headlock, and I was good from there."
Neally credits Peters' work ethic for the impressive victory.
"He's able to do some other things that other kids can't," Neally said. "He listens, he's educated about the sport, and he works hard. You can't ask for much more."
Bailie Rethorn had a big victory for the Pirates at 120 pounds, scoring 15 points in the first round before pinning Ethan Sibbing 53 seconds into the second.
"Bailie's like on caffeine all the time. He's always like a waterbug," Greening said with a laugh. "Here, there, everywhere. Constantly moving, and that's good for a wrestler."
Hunter Yohn won by technical fall at 160 pounds for the Blue Devils.
Kaleb Greening, Austin Carroll, and Jameson White won decisions for Hannibal.
QHS won three weight classes by forfeit, and the Pirates won two.
Quincy 41, Hannibal 34
106--Blake Peters (Q) won by forfeit
113--Hunter Carter (Q) p. Lyndon Otten, 3:57
120--Bailie Rethorn (H) p. Ethan Sibbing, 2:53
126--Tyler Leonard (H) won by forfeit
132--Mason Hudson (H) won by forfeit
138--Matthew Peters (Q) p. Gavin Morawitz, 1:19
145--Kaleb Greening (H) d. Thomas Culp, 3-1
152--Kaleb Vahle (Q) won by forfeit
160--Hunter Yohn d. Vernell Hawkins by technical fall, 4:27
170--Austin Carroll (H) d. Gavin Wendling, 10-0
182--JC Lackey (Q) p. Sean Carroll, 5:07
195--Jameson White (H) d. Blake Poling, 12-11
220--Lucas Bodi (Q) won by default
285--Chase Kirby (H) p. AJ Miller, 1:45