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Wrestling brotherhood

Brothers push Tony Pescaglia
Wednesday, February 18, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 6:19 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

Tony Pescaglia’s parents might have found the perfect way to curb horseplay around the house.

Bucky and Cyndi Pescaglia were not too fond of the wrestling matches Pescaglia and his brothers used to stage in their rooms.

“We always got in trouble,” Pescaglia said.

Therefore, the Pescaglias transformed their basement into a wrestling arena, complete with mats on the floor and walls.

This renovation has led to other changes around the house as well. Medals and other accolades from Tony (16), K.C. (15) and Vince’s (12) years of wrestling cover the walls on the first floor hallway.

The parents also have much less rowdiness to deal with.

“We have so much organized wrestling that they can get all that out,” Bucky Pescaglia said.

This weekend, the Pescaglias hope to make one more addition to their home: a state championship for their oldest son.Pescaglia, a sophomore who will wrestle at the 112-pound weight class for Hickman at Hearnes Center starting Thursday, placed sixth in the 103-pound class last year.

Hickman’s Kevin Croom (130), Tony Accurso (160) and Zach Arnold (171) also earned state berths.

Arnold (29-7) advanced to the state tournament last year and did not place. Croom (25-19) and Accurso (20-13) have never advanced this far.

Pescaglia, 37-5, was 41-4 last year and has won two district and sectional tournament titles. Pescaglia said he is confident he will extend this success to the state tournament.

“I think I’m going to do it,” Pescaglia said.

Although Pescaglia will be the family’s center of attention this weekend, his brothers have also experienced success.

K.C. took third in the 14-and-under 95-pound class of the Missouri USA wrestling state championships last year and wrestled at 119 as a freshman for Hickman this year.

K.C. said having his brother on the team made the transition to high school wrestling smoother.

“It was easier because I wasn’t the first one to have to do it,” K.C. said.

K.C. was 29-7 before breaking his left wrist at the Hickman Invitational Tournament on Jan. 24, ending his season.

When Vince is a freshman in two years, all of the Pescaglia brothers will be members of the Hickman wrestling team. Cyndi said Vince is well aware of that fact.

“It’s all he talks about,” Cyndi said.

Vince started competing in first grade, which is earlier than his brothers. Pescaglia said this leads him to believe Vince has a bright future.

“We figure he’ll be better than all of us because he started younger and has more experience,” Pescaglia said.

Vince said observing Pescaglia’s competitions is part of what has helped him progress.

“He’s always in this perfect stance,” Vince said.

Vince competes for the Columbia Wrestling Club and has wrestled at Hearnes Center for one of his state tournaments.

Vince said watching the state meet will be exciting nonetheless.

“I’ve been there and seen that, but they’re on a higher level,” Vince said.


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