The Rolla wrestling team traveled to Marshfield for a tri with the host school and Parkview on Tuesday, Jan. 9. After cruising to a 72-9 win over Parkview, Rolla took their first dual loss of the season in a tough 39-36 match against Marshfield.
The Bulldogs started the night against Parkview, who was open at nine weights. Rolla had matches at 132, 138, 145, 170 and 285, winning three of those matches. Dathan Mickem was able to get a pin against Ethan Hartman in just 18 seconds at 132, before Issac Hunter pinned Dabert Wiloughby at 138. Lucas Lambeth took a tough 9-7 loss against Kenyen Keiber at 145. Rolla was able to get back in the win column when Jacob Phillips pinned Waylen Spencer in just 10 seconds. The dual ended when Rolla's Kody Brown was pinned by Seth White. With the slew of opens, Rolla won 72-9.
The big match for the night was between Rolla and Marshfield. Neither teams had an opening, so there would be no quick six point swings. Rolla got off to a great start with four straight victories, starting at 113. Anthony Sederberg kicked off the dual with a 45 second pin of Raymond Moore. Nate Pulliam followed that up with a second period pin of Nicholas Hill at 120 to keep his perfect record clean. Zach Fennell also kept a zero in the loss column when he beat Ruger Leppert on a 10-1 major decision. Mickem then got his second pin of the night with a second period pin of Nick Taylor to give Rolla an early 22-0 lead.
Marshfield got some points on the board when Isaiah Ragsdale pinned Justin McEnaney at the end of the first period at 138. Coleman Brainard picked up a win for the Bulldogs by beating Will Snider 9-3 at 145, but Lambeth followed that with a 4-0 loss to Zach Kurre at 152. The win at 152 started a run for Marshfield where they took six straight matches, five of which were pins. Klayton Brooks pinned Bryce O'Connor at 160, Jordon Irwin pinned Phillips at 170, Clay Wilson pinned Colton Franks at 182, Deryl Vannostrand pinned David Bridges at 195 and Travin Plemmons pinned Jacob Dobkins at 220.
Rolla was able to cap off the night with two straight pins, but the 30-24 deficit was too big to overcome. Justin Brigss pinned Trsten Burton at the end of the third period at heavyweight, before Xander Sederburg finished off the night with a 14 second pin of Rozalyn Richerson. Rolla was also penalized a point in the dual for unsportsmanlike conduct in the 39-36 loss.
"We were winning several matches and tried some low percent moves and they capitalized on it," said head coach Marty Hauck. Hats off to them, they beat us and were the better team last night. Match-wise it was 7-7, but we didn't get some bonus points we needed, lost some matches we were up in and ,bottom line, we didn't wrestle out best."
Marshfield also won the JV dual 58-33.
Rolla will wrestle at Pacific on Thursday, Jan. 11, before taking part in the Republic Tournament on Saturday.