Hannibal’s early lead was too much for Hickman wrestlers to handle.
The Pirates led the entire match in a 43-28 win Thursday at Hickman.
A pair of pins and forfeits put the Kewpies down 24-0. At 135 pounds, Bryce Neff pinned Aaron Brady in 2:59 and Derek White (145) pinned Scott Schneider in 1:17. The Kewpies forfeited at 140 and 152.
The Pirates (1-0) weren’t done.
Chris Dickman (160) defeated Alex Wegener in a 15-6 major decision, giving the Pirates a 28-0 lead.
Pirates coach Ryan Sharkey said the lead was deceiving.
“Hickman has a heck of a team,” Sharkey said. “If you take away those two forfeits and add in wrestlers, anything could have happened.”
At 171 pounds, Tony Accurso stopped the Pirates’ scoring string by defeating Jim Howe 10-5. Accurso led Howe 4-1 in the second period. A reversal and near fall gave Accurso a 9-1 lead. Howe dominated the third period with a pair of takedowns, but it wasn’t enough.
The Kewpies looked as if they were going to bounce back after the heavyweight match. Luke Harper defeated Lance Gauch 5-2 after a scoreless first period.
Gauch led most of the second period with an escape, but Harper scored a takedown with four seconds left. Harper scored in the third period with another takedown.
The Kewpies won the next two matches and a forfeit at 112 to move within 34-28, the closest they would come.
Kewpie Jordan Lanham (103) pinned Travis Rickey in 49 seconds.
At 119, K.C. Pescaglia defeated Zach Stamp in a 13-0 major decision.
Pescaglia dominated Stamp with a pair of takedowns and a near fall in the first period and a near fall and takedown in the second.
Pescaglia’s escape was the only point scored in the third period.
If Kewpie Tony Pescaglia had pinned Matt Dunbar at 125, the Kewpies would have tied at 34, but he never came close.
Dunbar defeated Pescaglia 7-0 to seal the Pirates’ win. In the final and fastest match, Ben Sherman pinned Tim Sanders in 29 seconds.
Dunbar wrestled Pescaglia in club wrestling and said their matches have been close.
“I’ve always had a couple of points on him, but that didn’t matter,” Dunbar said. “It just came down to the last two kids, and I wanted to beat my guy.”
Kewpies coach Doug Black said he was proud of his team.
“We knew we were going to be down 12-0 to begin with,” Black said. “They showed a lot of courage in the way they wrestled. They could have folded up.”
The loss drops the Kewpies to 0-2, but 189-pounder Zach Arnold has pinned both of his opponents. Arnold pinned Austin Ludwig in 2:53 in Tuesday’s 49-19 loss to Kirksville and the Pirates’ Josh Borgmeyer in 4:21.
“I’m not the best on the team by any means,” Arnold said. “I just hope I can set an example by going out there and wrestling my hardest every time.”