A couple of experienced freshmen are undefeated, though wrestling for a winless team.
Helias, the defending Class 2 champion, defeated Hickman 41-26 on Tuesday at Hickman.
Although the loss drops the Kewpies to 0-3, freshmen Jordan Lanham (103) and K.C. Pescaglia (119) improved to 3-0.
Lanham defeated Eric Markway 7-1 in the second match. Lanham scored with a takedown in the first 30 seconds. After a scoreless second period, Lanham dominated with a reversal and nearfall in the third.
Markway’s point came on Lanham’s illegal hold in the third period.
Lanham’s win increased the Kewpies’ lead 9-0. Heavyweight Luke Harper pinned Cole Hoelscher in 1:17 in the first match.
The Kewpies’ other pin was at 135 when Kevin Croom defeated Steven Windish in 5:52.
This is Lanham’s fourth year wrestling. He said it’s a mixed feeling when he wins and the team loses.
“I’d rather get a team win than individual,” Lanham said. “After wrestling club, this is different. It’s a team sport now.”
Pescaglia has wrestled for seven years. His 4-3 decision against Chris Werdenhouse was a little tougher.
Pescaglia led 4-2 after the second period. The wrestlers stayed low on the mats and scored on reversals.
A Werdenhouse escape was the final point of the match, but there was confusion.
The referee called a Werdenhouse reversal with nine seconds left, which gave Werdenhouse a 5-4 lead. The referee took back the reversal and said Werdenhouse didn’t secure his position.
Pescaglia’s win put the Kewpies in a 12-3 lead. His brother Tony Pescaglia lost 7-6 to Johnny Kusick in the previous match at 112.
“I was ready for the win,” K.C. Pescaglia said. “I felt like I needed to do it for my brother.”
Tony Pescaglia’s match came down to the last second. After a scoreless second period, Kusick led 5-1. Pescaglia bounced back in the third period, scoring a reversal in the final seconds to tie at 6. A Kusick escape in the last second sealed the match.
Kewpies coach Doug Black said despite the loss the team has made strides in the past week.
“As a team, the effort was there,” Black said. “We are going to work on a few mistakes we are making so we can win those close matches. Our schedule isn’t getting any lighter.”
Junior Zach Arnold is the only other Kewpie to remain undefeated. At 171, Arnold defeated Jeremy Kays in a 22-6 technical fall. He pinned his first two opponents this season.
Crusaders coach David Ganey said that the dual with Hickman was a close match between young teams.
“We graduated 72 out of 113 points from last year’s championship,” Ganey said. “Any time you have a graduate rate like that you lose mat experience and leadership.”
The Crusaders (3-2) had four pins.
At 130, Josh Wildhaber pinned Aaron Brady in 5:10.
Nathan Colenius (145) pinned Scott Schneider in 2:19.
The fastest pin came in the 189-pound match. Brian Markway pinned Keenan Simon in 31 seconds. The pin secured the Crusaders’ win, giving them a 35-26 lead with one match left.
At 215, the Crusaders’ Mike Malone pinned Corey King in 4:36.