Rolla made the trip down to Parkview on Tuesday, Jan. 10 for a tri against Parkview and Marshfield and absolute dominated both duals. The Bulldogs lost just four matches in the two duals with a 61-12 win over Marshfield and a 72-4 win over Parkview.
Rolla made a few adjustments for the night as they prepare for Districts. Tristan Barr and Zach Fennell made noteworthy moves in the lower weights, as both made their scratch weights at a lower weight class than they've wrestled recently. Fennell made his way down to 120 after wrestling most of the season at 126. That opened the door for Barr to drop to 126 from 132. Datham Mickem filled in at 132 to round things out at the lower weights. Other changes came up in the heavier weights. Seth Veatch worked his way from 182 to 170 and Colton Franks dropped from 195 down to 182. That slid Xaviar Douglas into 195.
Collin Woods kicked things off against Marshfield and got a pin over Raymond Moore early in the second period. After getting another six points for a Marshfield opening at 113, Fennell got a pin of his own at 120. Nicholas Hill worked him into the third period before Fennell earned the pin 44 seconds into the period. Barr followed him at 126. While Barr didn't get a pin, he had a dominant match, beating Ruger Leppert by major decision 14-0.
Marshfield got their first win of the night in a dramatic dual at 132. Mickem and Marshfield's Nick Taylor needed more than three periods of regulation to settle things and the two made it through three overtimes with a match tied at two points. Taylor was able to get two points in the fourth overtime period for an ultimate tie-breaker win. Head coach Marty Hauck loved what he saw out of Mickem, despite the loss.
"Datham came in and wrestled solid, another good performance," said coach Hauck. "He came up a little bit short, but he wrestled really really well."
Coleman Brainard got Rolla back into the win collumn with a quick pin of Patrick Wilson at 138. Kevin Casados followed that with a pin of Chris Crotinger at 145, bringing the team score to 34-3. Rolla ended up getting a total of five straight pins starting with Brainard. After Casados, the Bulldogs got pins from Gage Maxwell, Bryce O'Connor and Seth Veatch. While Colton Franks broke the pin streak at 182, he still got the win with a 5-2 decision over Richard Venable.
Marshfield got two straight wins as the dual worked its way into the heavier weights. Douglas worked his way into the second period, but was pinned by Deryl Vannostrand just over a minute into the period. Jacob Dobkins and Marshfield Travin Plemmons had a grind it out match at 220. There was only one point awarded in the match and that went to Plemmons for a 1-0 win and the last of Marshfield's 12 points. Alton Heyer ended the dual on a high note with a pin of Tristen Burton in the first period, putting the final team score at 61-12.
There were several great matches in the JV dual between Rolla and Marshfield as well. A majority of the duals were multiples at a given weight, with two matches at 126, 138, 145 and 220 and five matches at 170. Rolla got wins from Johnnie Swizdor, a 3-2 decision at 126, two pins by Lucas Lambeth at 145, a pin by David Bridges at 170, a point-heavy 16-15 win by Logan Hadley at 170, and pins by William Chitwood and Justin Briggs at 220 and 285 respectively. Marshfield won the JV dual 46-39.
As big as the margin of victory was against Marshfield, Rolla won by an even wider margin against Parkview. Four openings for Parkview gave Rolla a free 24 points and Rolla won all but one of the matches. The only Rolla loss came at the first match of the dual at 113. Dakota Arthur lost by major decision in a rare varsity match to Bryan Lam 12-4.
After that loss, Rolla won every match. Fennell and Barr started things off with pins, with Barr needing just 30 seconds to take down DJ Willoughby at 126. Parkview had openings at the next two weights before Casados got his second win of the night on a 8-5 decision over Gavin Devic. Maxwell, O'Connor and Veatch then each got their second pins of the night. Like Barr, Veatch was extremely quick on his pin, needing just 31 seconds. Colton Franks won his second match of the night by beater Chester Loveall 8-2. Douglas was able to get his first win of the evening with a pin of Cameron Matthews at 195. He had the quickest pin of them all, needing just 21 seconds to earn the Bulldogs another six team points. After an open slot for Parkview at 220, Alton Heyer with his second pin of the night, taking down Corbin Hill in 1:10 to cap off the 72-4 win.
There were also three exhibition matches, which Rolla managed to sweep in dominant fashion. Mason Harrison needed almost all of the matches' three periods before pinning Cole McMillain with 16 seconds to spare at 126. The second exhibition was also at 126, where Wyatt Sowers pinned Parkview's Ethan Hartman in the second period. Lambeth finished off the exhibitions by tech falling Reese Hill 15-0 with 30 seconds left in the third period.
"It was a great team performance obviously with a combined team score of 133-16, it was pretty impressive," said coach Hauck. "Especially the impressive side is that we sat some kids. We sat some of our bigger horses, some of our All-State placers because they're getting to that 50 match limit, we're getting close to it to make sure that they stay eligible for District competition. So we sat some varsity guys and our JV guys came in and did well and performed at a high level. That's great for them and it's great for our future."
With some of the younger wrestlers showing a lot of promise on Tuesday night, coach Hauck was quick to praise the youth programs that have helped a lot of them develop as wrestlers before getting to the high school level.
"Our youth program is outstanding. If there's anything I want to brag on, that's definitely what I want to brag on," said Hauck. "We've got great numbers and great coaches that are doing great things there and the kids are excited and competing at the level that they're at right there. That speaks volumes for itself then it feeds right into the high school and we get a bunch of new kids and success breeds success. Last year we had great success setting a few school records and stuff and the kids see that and they want to be a part of it."
Rolla followed that with their second home dual of the season where they hosted Pacific and Westminster. Those results were not available at press time. Next up for the Bulldogs will be the Republic Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 14, pending weather.