Fohey becomes first Hannibal wrestler to win a state title since 2010

Posted: Feb. 17, 2013 12:28 am Updated: Mar. 10, 2013 2:15 am


Chandler Fohey quickly escaped to get the point he needed.

Then the 106-pound Hannibal sophomore spent the rest of the match trying to protect that lead.

Fohey outlasted Platte County's Matthew Schmitt during the Class 3 Missouri state wrestling championships Saturday at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo., scoring a 1-0 victory for his first state title.

Fohey, who lost in the finals last season, became the first state champion from Hannibal since Jacob Janes won at 140 pounds in 2010.

"It was awesome, I was happy," Fohey said. "All the work from this year paid off. My coaches have done a good job of pushing me, and I have the best practice partners anyone could ask for. Jake Borgmeyer was my No. 1 inspiration. It's his senior year, and he broke his leg. I wanted to win for him."

Hannibal coach Derek Greening said Fohey never allowed Schmitt to get close enough for a takedown.

"He stayed in good position and didn't make mistakes," Greening said. "It didn't take him long to escape (in the second period), he never got in bad position and won the match."

Fohey needed to stay in good position with Schmitt's style. Schmitt was more of a defensive wrestler who was going to pick his spots.

"I was trying to stay low and keep down," Fohey said. "He was really good on his feet and he was quick and fast. He was a really good defensive wrestler."

Hannibal's Tyler Janes finished in second place at 126 pounds when he lost to Oak Park's Bradley Perkins 8-4. The Pirates' Kyle Muehring finished in fourth place at 220 pounds after he lost 2-1 to Hillsboro's Jarad Sheppard in the third-place match.

Meanwhile, at the Illinois state championships at Assembly Hall in Champaign, Ill., Pittsfield senior Zach Abney couldn't recover from a first-period takedown and lost 4-1 to Oregon's Brandon Sklavanitis in the Class 1A finals at 170 pounds.

Sklavanitis, who was ranked No. 2 at 170 pounds by, took Abney, who was ranked first, down in the first 20 seconds and used a reversal in the second period to take a 4-0 lead.

Abney escaped at the beginning of the third period, but couldn't generate any offense. Abney wrapped up the season 44-3 and won his second medal. He also placed fifth at 170 last season.

Quincy High School's Dakota Downs (170 pounds) recovered from his first-round loss to finish in fifth place in Class 3A. Downs is the first Blue Devil to medal since Lamor Hickman finished sixth in 2008. Dakota's father, Chad, also earned a fifth-place medal in 1990.

Quincy Notre Dame doubled the number of state place-winners it had in school history by having three Raiders place. Darren Stephens (120) placed sixth, Gage Stephens (138) fifth and Jeffrey Haley (195) third.

Will Lucie (106) placed third for West Hancock, while his brother, Jack, finished fifth at 126 pounds. Jack Lucie also placed fifth at 113 pounds last season.

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