Almost doesn’t count in wrestling.
K.C. Pescaglia dominated his match but still came up short for Hickman on Thursday.
Hickman lost 36-35 to Moberly at Hickman despite a technical fall victory from Pescaglia at 119 pounds.
In the last match of the night, Pescaglia, a freshman, had the crowd on its feet and cheering for a pin against Moberly’s Jeff Martin. He was near pinning Martin for the majority of the match but could not turn him completely. He earned five points for a technical fall after outscoring his opponent 16-0.
With a pin, worth six points, the Kewpies would have tied the score at 36 and won the match on a set of criteria used to break stalemates.
Hickman lost to Rock Bridge in this manner on Dec. 16 at Rock Bridge, but it would have worked to its advantage tonight.
“K.C. went after him, he knew what he had to do.” said Corey Hodapp, the Kewpies assistant coach. “He put everything on the line for the team.”
The kid (Martin) did a good job,” Hodapp said. “He showed a lot of heart. He fought off his back.”
After Hickman’s Tim Sanders (125), Kevin Croom (130), and Aaron Brady (135) won by decision, the Kewpies led 9-0.
Moberly scored the next 24 points with forfeit wins at 140 and 152 and pins at 145 and 160. Then Hickman fought back.
Zach Arnold defeated Moberly’s Charlie Gibbs 12-10 in overtime at 171. Arnold took down Gibbs twice in the final 30 seconds of the match to tie at 10.
Another takedown in overtime gave Arnold the win.
“(Arnold) relaxed midway through the match and let the kid back in there,” Hodapp said. “Then Zack woke up and started wrestling like he knew he could.”
Moberly’s Ben Hummel (189) and Michael Jorgenson (215) earned pins, and then Hickman got pins from Luke Harper (275) and Doug Walker (112) to set up the dramatic finish.
“I give my kids all the credit for battling back in that dual,” Hodapp said. “They did a great job coming back.”
As the Kewpies move into the second half of the season, Hodapp said they hope work on the basics and fill some holes in the lineup.