Hickman’s Aaron Brady can’t get a break.
The senior wrestler broke his foot his freshman year. Sophomore year, it was a broken nose. Last year, an ankle injury. Tuesday, it was his left elbow.
In the first round of the first varsity match, Brady came up holding his left elbow, clearly in pain.
“I think he just got it caught up with the underhook,” Hickman coach J.D. Coffman said. Coffman said that he didn’t think the injury was serious, but Brady favored the arm all night after the match and it may have been a factor during the rest of the match, ending in an 8-6 loss.
Hickman had only three losses and won four matches by fall and one by a technical fall in the 53-9 victory over Smith-Cotton Tuesday.
The injury wasn’t Brady’s only problem Tuesday. The 160-pound wrestler also moved up to 171 pounds, though Coffman said that Brady’s normal weight is around 160.
“Aaron has been looking towards the latter part of the season and thinks that 171 is where he’ll have a better chance,” said Coffman. Coffman.
The move for 171-pound junior Ian Reed, down to 160, was no problem. Coffman said that Reed usually weighs in around 160 too. For now, Reed doesn’t mind the move, but Coffman said he can choose to move back up to 171 when it comes time for state.
A familiar face joined Hickman to offer his support, MU freshman 125-pound wrestler Tony Pescaglia. He also went with the team to Springfield for a tournament last week.
Pescaglia, the older brother of Hickman wrestlers K.C. and Vince Pescaglia, was a four-year state qualifier and won a state title for Hickman at 119 pounds last year. K.C. won the title at 125 pounds.
Coffman said that the wrestlers enjoy having Tony Pescaglia around. Coffman said that Pescaglia mentored a lot of the wrestlers, including his brothers, while he was at Hickman.
K.C. Pescaglia was still out with an lateral collateral ligament tear from two weeks ago. He said he wants to be back next week when Hickman hosts Jefferson City. Coffman said that he isn’t sure when Pescaglia be back, but he hopes he can make it back for the tough Capital City Invitation January 12.
The youngest Pescaglia, sophomore 112-pound Vince Pescaglia, had the fastest fall of the night, pinning Smith-Cotton’s Lance New with 52 seconds left in the first.
Hickman’s best performance Tuesday came from 152-pound junior Drae Cox, who won by technical fall in the second. He could have pinned his opponent, but chose to let him escape three times so he could take him down for two more points.
Smith-Cotton was open at 119, 135 and 140 pounds, handing the Kewpies 18 free points.
Coffman was pleased with Hickman’s performance, especially since the team wrestled last Thursday and Friday and didn’t have the rest it usually has before a dual.
“It turned out well,” he said. “I was little bit nervous. I didn’t know what Sedalia had coming for us.”