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Wilson representing Pirates in state finals

February 21, 2020 | Columbia, MO: HannibalŐs Trevor Wilson wrestles MarsfieldŐs Will Snider during their 160 pound semifinal match of MSHSAA State Championships. Wilson would move on to the finals after winning the match 4-0. Mathew Kirby/Courier Post
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By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Posted: Feb. 22, 2020 1:00 am

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Hannibal sophomore wrestler Trevor Wilson missed on his first opportunity to make a state championship match last year. He didn't miss this time.

Wilson defeated Marshfield's Will Snider by a 4-0 decision in the Class 3 160-pound semifinals on Friday night at Mizzou Arena to earn his way into his first state final.

"It feels amazing," Wilson said. "I've been training my whole life for this moment, and here it is."

Wilson picked up a takedown 1 minute, 28 seconds into the first period of the semifinal, then he reversed Snider in the second period to build his 4-0 lead.

"At some points I was feeling confident and at others I was kind of iffy about the positions," Wilson said. "For the most part I stayed confident in where I was the whole match."

Snider chose the neutral position to start the third period and Wilson was able to stave off Snider's desperate attempt to even the match.

"It's a hard thing to do, being on that semifinal mat," Pirates coach Jacob Borgmeyer said. "We talked about it for a long time. Talked about it being just another six minutes and that's kind of what he treated it as."

Wilson (44-2) started his day with a pin of Belton's Zach Attebury in 1:09 in the quarterfinals. He will take on Lebanon's Trevor Christian (43-3) in the 160 finals on Saturday night.

Gavin Morawitz also reached the semifinals at 152 for Hannibal, but he suffered a 8-4 decision loss to top-ranked Callum Sitek from Pacific. Morawitz (38-5) moves to the back side now, where he will face Desoto's Connor Zimmerman (38-8) in the consolation semifinals.

Two other Pirates had a chance to reach the semifinals, but both lost their quarterfinal match. Shawn Smashey lost his 106 quarterfinals match to Smithville's Kolby McClain by a first-period pin, while Tyler Hardy was pinned in the first period of his 145 quarterfinal by Rolla's Nathan Pulliam.

Smashey also fell in his first consolation match to Gage Green from Kearney by a 5-2 decision, and Hardy was eliminated in his first consolation match in a 10-7 decision to Platte County's Jared Parsons.

Jameson White entered Friday in the consolation bracket at 195, but he fell to Marshfield's Daylon Kanengieter by a 7-2 decision to end his tournament.

"We started off a little rough today, losing some key matches against some tough kids," Borgmeyer said. "I'm really proud of the way all of our kids wrestled. I'm proud of the way they composed themselves on the big stage. Things just didn't fall our way."

The Pirates still can put a bow on their tournament with good performances from Morawitz and Wilson on the final day.

"I just need to keep my head right," Wilson said. "At the start of my match, I need to stay in good position and not make any small mistakes. If he makes small mistakes, I have to capitalize on them."