COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Trailing 4-3 with time running down in the third period, Hannibal sophomore Trevor Wilson faced a decision.
He could either cut Lebanon's Trevor Christian and allow an escape, thus needing a takedown to tie the Class 3 160 pound match state championship match, or he could continue trying for a pin.
"We were getting frustrated on top," Hannibal coach Jacob Borgmeyer said. "We couldn't get the leg in, that kid was very good on bottom keeping his pocket small. He knew that the legs were coming and knew what would happen if the leg got in. He really didn't even try to escape, he moreso just didn't want the legs in.
"Trevor realized that and looked at me and gave me the, ‘Do I go neutral?' look and we did and really picked up the pace."
With one minute left, Wilson decided to cut Christian and go for the takedown. But the takedown never came.
Wilson gained a point on a stalling penalty but couldn't overcome the deficit, falling to Christian in a 5-4 decision and finishing in second place at Mizzou Arena.
"We got in deep on an outside single," Borgmeyer said. "We were trying to run the corner but he stood up a little too much and instead of chasing the back leg we went back to a front headlock and just ran out of time."
Wilson fell down 2-0 early but managed an escape to trail 2-1 after the first period. That quick takedown to start the match proved to be the difference for Christian.
"I think they were a little more comfortable in the first period than we were," Borgmeyer said. "We didn't push him out of his comfort zone."
While Wilson's day ended in disappointment, he finishes his sophomore campaign at 44-3 and with second-place medal, up from sixth place as a sophomore.
"Sixth to second, yeah that's a big change at face value and a lot of growth at face value," Borgmeyer said. "But if you go a little deeper than that, changes are being made in his style and his mental approach and his confidence and his abilities. I'm more excited about that than I am necessarily about the place difference. I think he's got a lot of potential to continue to grow.
"I hope this one stings for a little while, I really do. If it does, I think good things will come. I don't think he gets beat again while he's here. He has that much potential."
Earlier in the day, Hannibal junior Gavin Morawitz faced an uphill climb on the backside of the 152 bracket. Morawitz suffered an 8-4 loss in Friday night's semifinals and was sent to the consolation semifinals to start Saturday, where he defeated Desoto's Connor Zimmerman by an 8-6 decision in sudden victory.
In the third-place match, Morawtiz was caught quickly by McDonald County's Jack Teague and pinned in 22 seconds to finish in fourth place.