MEXICO, Mo. — The Hickman wrestling team competed without four starters on Thursday night at Mexico, Mo., resulting in a rough night for the Kewpies.
Hickman lost to the Bulldogs 60-16, with 12 of the Kewpies' points coming from Mexico forfeits at 119 and 125 pounds.
Freshmen Alex Shea and J’den Cox, two of Hickman’s top wrestlers, were two of the wrestlers that did not compete against the Bulldogs. Shea suffered a mild concussion in his final match of the Hickman Varsity Tournament last weekend and Cox is nearing the 50-match limit set by the MSHSAA. Hickman wrestling coach J.D. Coffman said he wants to wrestle Cox against opponents that Cox could potentially see at state in his last few matches before the district tournament.
“We’re just going to keep an eye on Alex,” Coffman said. “He’s a kid that has a chance to go to state so we want him to be healthy. If all goes well, I expect him to be back.”
Hickman forfeited five matches, making it nearly impossible to win the dual.
The lone win for Hickman came at 130 pounds, when Hickman’s Josh Browne defeated Mexico’s Nathan Angel 17-8.
Despite his lopsided win, Browne was still frustrated with his match.
“I won, but I wasn’t impressed with my performance,” Browne said. “I was moving slow, I was sloppy, and I should’ve taken better shots.”
The Kewpies were pinned in the six other matches.
“I thought they outwrestled us,” Coffman said. “Even in our win, they were more aggressive. With all of the kids out of the lineup, I didn’t think we would have a chance to win the dual, but I did hope we would be a little more competitive than what we were.”
Hickman will take the weekend off before heading to Rockhurst on Tuesday night to face Blue Springs and Rockhurst.