HANNIBAL, Mo. -- The Hannibal wrestling team came away with two wins in its home triangular on Wednesday, defeating Macon 51-24 and Mexico 44-34.
Pirates coach Jake Borgmeyer said his team put on a show for the home crowd.
"I truly believe this is the most difficult and tough sport to stick through in high school," Borgmeyer said. "It requires a lot of time and effort and to see it pay off is a good thing.
"I told them before (the meet) this is an opportunity to show the home crowd, their friends and their family just how hard they are working and how much it means to them to see a good crowd and good support system behind them."
In the first match against Mexico, the Pirates faced an uphill battle.
Hannibal lost five of its first six matches before coming back to win seven in a row to clinch the victory.
"We knew we were going to get some forfeits from them later on, but our guys wrestled tough and pulled out a couple of matches that we didn't know which way they would go," Borgmeyer said. "We had a lot of young kids step up (who are) sophomores that haven't wrestled since youth club."
Gavin Morawitz started the run with a 17-2 technical fall victory over Mexico's Terrell Williams at 152 pounds, then Trevor Wilson received a forfeit at 160. Kameron Foust came up next with a pin of Deacon Haag in 4 minutes, 27 seconds, at 170, then Cayden Graham took a 5-3 decision over Manny Hernandez in the first overtime period at 182.
In their second match, Hannibal had an easier time, winning nine individual matches to Macon's four.
"We really put it on (Macon)," Borgmeyer said. "Excited to see our guys take advantage of some of the opportunities that came up. We were able to put a lot of matches away and finish them to get pins. That's always good to see. Putting up 51 points when we only dressed 11 wrestlers at the varsity level, that's pretty good."
Six wrestlers -- Matthew Wilson at 132, Morawitz at 152, Wilson at 160, Foust at 170, Jameson White at 195 and Brady Zimmerman at 220 lbs. -- won both of their matches for the Pirates.
"Gavin Morawitz has had a really great year … and has put in the work and it's really starting to pay off and starting to really show," Borgmeyer said. "Trevor Wilson had another good match. Matt Wilson wrestled his butt off tonight. He wrestled really good in two matches and was able to put both of them away and finish with pins against two decent wrestlers."