The Rolla High School wrestling team completed its largest haul ever at state tournament competition over the weekend, as the Bulldogs finished with five all-state performers and a top-10 team finish at the Missouri Class 3 State Tournament.


The three-day event concluded on Saturday at the Mizzou Arena.


As a team Rolla finished seventh overall with 70 points. Neosho won the team title with 192 points while Oak Park was second with 130.5, Kearney third with 117, Ozark fourth with 113, Hannibal fifth with 84 and Farmington sixth with 72.


Rolla sent nine wrestlers to the state event and came back with five all-state finishes.


The Rolla High School wrestling team completed its largest haul ever at state tournament competition over the weekend, as the Bulldogs finished with five all-state performers and a top-10 team finish at the Missouri Class 3 State Tournament.

The three-day event concluded on Saturday at the Mizzou Arena.

As a team Rolla finished seventh overall with 70 points. Neosho won the team title with 192 points while Oak Park was second with 130.5, Kearney third with 117, Ozark fourth with 113, Hannibal fifth with 84 and Farmington sixth with 72.

Rolla sent nine wrestlers to the state event and came back with five all-state finishes.

Senior Blayne Shockley at the 119-pound weight class came all the way back after dropping his first-round match to claim third place for the second consecutive year at state.

Other all-staters for Rolla:

Senior Masen Ridenhour was fourth at 160, senior Chris Sanders at 135 and senior Trent Boyer at 215 both finished fifth and junior Wes Crutcher at 140 was sixth.

“I think it says something about where are program is when we can have the most all-staters we’ve ever had and, maybe, place higher as a team than we ever have and still be a little disappointed,” said RHS head coach Kellen Laws. “It’s the second year for me being a part of this program and I don’t think I could have asked for more. To finish with five state medals and for the first time -- I think -- to be in the top 10...it was a fun ride.

“It was a roller-coaster ride the entire three days. Whether it’s Neosho as the state champion or us as seventh, everybody is going to have someone lose who is not supposed to lose. But things happen.”

One of the things not supposed to happen was Shockley falling in the first round. Apparently ill -- the match had to be stopped briefly in the third period because he was nauseous -- Shockley lost to Oak Park freshman Dom Cervantes 5-3 in Thursday’s opening round.

However, Shockley came charging back with three consecutive pins to set up a rematch with Cervantes. And in that rematch the Rolla wrestler dominated, winning by major decision 10-1. Shockley then went on to win his third-place match over Nixa’s Andrew Cauble.

Shockley ends his career as the most successful Bulldog wrestler ever. He won the 103-pound state championship as a freshman, placed second at 112 as a sophomore and was third at 112 as a junior.

“To lose in the first round, being a senior, Shockley could very easily have closed up shop,” Laws said. “I’m not going to remember that first-round loss, and I hope he doesn’t either. What I’m going to remember is how he came all the way back from the bottom side of the bracket. But that is one of the characteristics of our entire team. These kids just don’t quit. We lost three in the semifinals and all came back and found a way to win a match after that.”

Ridenhour, who made it to the 160 state finals last season, lost to Patrick Rhoads of Staley in the semifinals and then beat Ozark’s Cody Lindsay to get to the third-place match, where he was pinned by Neosho’s Dallas Smith.

Sanders and Crutcher also advanced to the semifinals before falling.

After suffering a first-round loss Boyer battled back with three straight wins in wrestle-backs before falling to Clifton Luber of Camdenton. In the fifth-place match Boyer pinned Jacob Borgmeyer of Hannibal.

In Class 2 St. James senior Cory Rose captured sixth place for the second straight year at 135.
On Saturday Rose lost a rematch to Four Rivers Conference rival Jack Saebens of Owensville 7-5 to be placed in the fifth-place match. There, Rose lost to Oak Grove’s Taylor Brinegar.

In Class 4 Waynesville placed ninth overall with 50.5 points. Park Hill won the Class 4 state crown with 202.5 points while Blue Springs was second with 133.5.

Platte County won the Class 2 team title with 149.5 points while Oak Grove was second with 123. Seneca was the Class 1 champion with 171.5 points while Brookfield was second with 154.