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Hannibal wrestlers get off to right start at state

Posted: Feb. 15, 2013 12:58 am Updated: Mar. 8, 2013 1:15 am

By THE HERALD-WHIG
STAFF

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."

-- sports@whig.com/221-3366

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