By THE HERALD-WHIG
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The Hannibal wrestlers had no issues adjusting to the spotlight of the state tournament.
The Pirates rolled through Thursday's Class 3 preliminaries at Mizzou Arena with ease, posting four victories and setting themselves up for a run at four medals.
"They all did well," Hannibal coach Derek Greening said. "It's a little bit of a different atmosphere at the state tournament. They handled it well. They wrestled really well."
Chandler Fohey, a state runner-up last year as a freshman, started his title chase with a 5-1 decision over Republic's Justin Rogers at 106 pounds.
Austin Janes, a sophomore, scored a 6-1 victory over Republic's Brandon O'Connell at 113 pounds, while Tyler Janes, a junior, pinned Sikeston's Cody Middleton in 37 seconds at 126 pounds.
Kyle Muehring, a sophomore, also scored a pin, sticking Winnetonka's Justin Whitaker in 3:46.
"Everybody did their job," Greening said. "That was the best part of the day."