COLUMBIA — Although it was senior night, the Hickman wrestling team had little to celebrate. Mexico beat the Kewpies 46-34 in Thursday night’s home match.
Mexico had five weight divisions without wrestlers, earning the Kewpies 30 points. However, the only other points the Kewpies earned came from senior Terrell Shannon's victory at 152 pounds.
Coach J.D. Coffman attributes Shannon’s success this season to his natural athletic ability and what he learned last season from former Hickman wrestler Drae Cox, who also competed in the 152-pound weight divison.
Kewpies senior Jacob Waldrup said he doesn’t think Thursday’s match will be a large setback in training for the upcoming district tournament.
“It happened a lot this season,” commented Waldrup on the team’s recent loss. “Mexico always has a decent squad. We just don’t have that same experience.”
Of Hickman's 14 varsity wrestlers, eight will be graduating this spring.
“We have a lot of seniors,” Coffman explained, “but don’t have a whole lot of experience in the group.”
Heading into Wednesday's dual against Sedalia, Coffman said he will go over fundamental aspects the team struggled with on Thursday night. He emphasized the importance for his wrestlers to stay in each match longer. Six of Hickman's seven losses were pins.