Harper helps Hickman get first win

The Kewpies had lost seven straight matches.
Wednesday, January 21, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 3:22 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 7, 2008

Hickman had to wait awhile, but it finally got its first win.

The Kewpies’ Luke Harper earned a first-period pin in the last match of the night to give Hickman a 44-33 win against Marshall on Tuesday at Hickman.

Hickman was ahead 38-33 heading into the final match at 275 pounds, and Harper’s pin of Andrew Stewart in 1:27 sealed the victory. The Kewpies improved to 1-7.

Zach Arnold, who won at 171 pounds for Hickman, said the win would get the Kewpies going.

“Everyone on the team gives 100 percent every day and that’s all you can ask from anyone,’’ he said.

In a night with seven forfeits, the closest match came between Scott Schneider of Hickman and Andy Reiff at 145. Reiff earned a 9-7 decision.

With the score tied at 7, Reiff scored a takedown to take the lead with 24 seconds left. Reiff was able to ride the rest of the time out for the win.

Reiff led 6-5 after two periods, but Schneider quickly scored on a takedown to regain the lead.

Reiff escaped, earning a point to tie it at 7. At 160, Hickman’s Tony Accurso defeated Kendall Jones 7-3.

After starting the match with six points in the first period, Accurso recorded one point for an escape in the second and was scoreless in the third.

Arnold pinned Chad Gibson in 4:25. Arnold led 4-1 when he earned the pin to give Hickman a 38-21 lead.

Marshall (4-9) started to make a comeback after that. Marshall’s Max Gibbs pinned Eric Gregory in 2:44 at 189 pounds. Gibbs had taken a 6-0 lead.

Marshall moved within 38-33 when James Chevalier pinned Corey King in 3:35.

At the beginning of the year Hickman coach Doug Black had set lofty goals for his team.

Black then realized it would be difficult for the Kewpies to have a winning record because injuries and lack of depth left his team with many holes.

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