The Rolla wrestling team hosted Washington and Owensville for a tri-dual on Tuesday, Nov. 28. The Bulldogs kicked off the night with a 63-18 win over Washington, before beating Owensville 66-18.
After Washington was open to kick off the night at 120, Rolla added to their early lead at 126. Zach Fennell dominated his match against Ben Griffen and was on the verge of a tech fall when he finally got his pin in the third period. He was the first of six straight match wins for the Bulldogs.
Justin McEnany kept things rolling at 132, pinning Evan Hey in the third period. Datham Mickem stepped in to wrestle at 138, which bumped Coleman Brainard and Lucas Lambeth up a weight class each. Mickem had a hard fought match, eventually pulling out a 13-7 win over Louis Obermark for another three Rolla points.
Brainard and Lambeth didn't have any issues at 145 and 152 despite giving up some weight. Both had first period pins with Brainard needing just 1:22 to pin Kyle Buchanan and Lambeth getting his pin in 1:30 over Tyler Ramsey. Bryce O'Connor was the final win in the Bulldogs' streak to kick off the match, as he pinned Chris Griesenauer in the second period at 160.
Rolla lost the next two matches at 170 and 182, as Jacob Phillips was pinned by Jack Carico and Ian Dobkins was pinned by Gunnar Noud. Both pins were in the first period.
Colton Franks got the Bulldogs back in the win column with an easy pin of Cory Hardesty in the first period. Jacob Dobkins had Rolla's only other loss in the match when he was pinned by Michael Boehlein with 20 seconds left in the match.
Rolla finished the night with two wins that took a combined 41 seconds. Justin Briggs pinned Andrew Inman in just 26 seconds at heavyweight before the match flipped back down to the lightweights. After Washington was open at 106, Xander Sederburg pined Mia Reed in 15 seconds to end the dual with a quick pin. Rolla won the match 63-18.
After having a match off while Owensville and Washington faced off, the Bulldogs turned around to crush the Dutchmen. McEnany had the first match of the dual, pinning Kolby Jahnsen in 1:21. He was followed my Mickem, who pinned Tighe Bombach in just 1:07. The pin streak continued with Brainard, who finished off Dustin Jahnsen in the second period. Lambeth then needed just 30 seconds to pin Edward Delong.
Rolla then took three straight losses, which started when O'Connor was caught in a pin with 14 seconds left in the second period. O'Connor had controlled the match, but was caught by Cooper Bombach. Phillips nearly made it out of the first period, but Blaine Shoenfield got a pin at the last second. Caleb Gray then pinned Ian Dobkins at 182.
After losing three straight matches, Rolla swept the rest of the dual. Franks got the ball rolling by pinning Colton Moore in 1:27. Jacob Dobkins then recovered after losing his first match by pinning Dakota Martin in the second period. Briggs dominated again at heavy with a pin of Bryce Mistler in 1:07.
Owensville was open at 106 and 113 to give Rolla another 12 points before the Bulldogs finished off the night with two more wins. Nathan Pulliam pinned Austin Angell in 1:38 in his only match of the night, before Fennell finished off the night with a second period pin of Caden Moss. Rolla won the match 66-18.
"They had some time off, then they came back in the room and worked hard," said head coach Marty Hauck of his team. "Obviously, starting the season 3-0 is great, that's outstanding, we're excited about it, but we've also got so many things that we've gotta clean up and they know that. We'll clean those up."
Coach Hauck was happy to see Brainard and Lambeth continue to dominate as they wrestled up a weight class on Tuesday night. It was a new challenge for two solid wrestlers and they proved that giving up a little bit of weight wasn't an issue.
"They need that. Sometimes you just need to see a bigger kid that weighs a little more and it takes a little bit more muscle," said coach Hauck. "There's a little different in the game at the next weight class up, so it was great to see our kids change their game as well."
While coach Hauck was glad to see his kids get a couple more matches in before facing the cream of the crop down at the Neosho Tournament on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1-2, he was mostly just glad to see his kids make weight after Thanksgiving.
"It was good on that half, but on an even more important note, it was good for us to weigh in on this day and give us a couple more days so that way it keeps our weight in check," said the Rolla head coach with a laugh. "That was probably more important right after Thanksgiving."
Coach Hauck is glad to see his team get off to a 3-0 start in duals, but this weekend will be the real test for his team as they strive to make their mark at State later this season.
"We see the Neosho Tournament on Saturday and we're gonna really see where we're at," said Hauck. "It's a great beginning of the season idea of where we're at, because we're going to see several State contenders in that tournament."