The Rolla wrestling team traveled to Lebanon for an Ozark Conference tri against the host school and Glendale on Wednesday, Jan. 17. Rolla had some fresh faces in the lineup when they beat Glendale 69-12, before falling to Lebanon 42-24.
Anthony Sederburg kicked off the night against Glendale with a 45 second pin of Mason Goslee at 106. Billy Cowan then stepped in for Xander Sederburg at 113, pinning Kyle Justice in the second period. Nate Pulliam kept the pin streak going at 120 when he pinned Bailey Fisher early in the second period.
Rolla had Collin Woods step in for Zach Fennell at 126, where Woods earned a shutout 6-0 win over Jordan Sims. Dathan Mickem then pinned Noah Cheek in the first period at 132. Coleman Brainard continued his stellar senior season at 138 with a pin of Jared Burnell at the end of the first period.
Glendale had their first win at 145 when Bryce Clark pinned Lucas Lambeth in the first period. Bryce O'Connor then came back for Rolla at 152 with a pin of Kyle Snider. Glendale's only other win came at 160, where Cameron Flanagan pinned David Redding at the end of the first period.
Rolla capped off the dual with three straight pins. Jacob Phillips pinned Ian Friese in just 25 seconds, before Colton Franks pinned Vincent Cremeans in the second period. David Bridges had the last varsity match of the dual, where he pinned Marcus Young in the second period. Glendale was open at 220 and 285 to give Rolla 12 more points in a 69-12 win.
Rolla and Glendale also had five exhibition matches. Rolla's Orion Parker and Coby Bell each had pins at 120 and 195, respectively, while Issac Hunter won a 12-6 decision at 138.
The Bulldogs didn't have the same luck against Lebanon, where they took a tough 42-24 loss. Sederburg got Rolla off to another strong start when he pinned Cole Patton in just 24 seconds. Lebanon took the next match at 113 when Logan Fisher pinned Cowan in the second period. Pulliam then kept his perfect season alive with a 15-2 major decision win over Hunter Lewis at 120. Lebanon and Rolla kept trading wins when Cole Roark pinned Collin Woods at 126.
Rolla then kicked off a streak of three straight match wins when Mickem got his second victory of the night by beating Cade Schmitz 5-3 at 132 Mickem was able to clinch the close win in the last 20 seconds of the match and head coach Marty Hauck was thrilled with his performance throughout the night.
"(Mickem) had an outstanding match," said coach Hauck. "Here's a kid that's been wrestling JV for us for the front half of the season, kinda bouncing back and forth and now he's kinda solidified his varsity spot at this point in time. He wrestled outstanding, then he comes into Lebanon with that momentum and did outstanding for us."
Brainard and Lambeth followed Mickem with two more wins. Brainard earned a 20-3 tech fall victory over Reagan Mowery, before Lambeth beat Caleb Shields 8-3.
After losing three straight matched, Lebanon went on a streak of their own. The Yellowjackets won five straight matches over Rolla. Trevor Christian pinned O'Connor at 152, Jerico Marquez pinned Redding at 160, before John Berry pinned Phillips in the third period at 170. While Phillips took the loss at 170, coach Hauck thought he wrestled well before getting caught for a pin.
"He came out on the short side, but Jacob Phillips wrestled well," said the Rolla head coach. "He wrestled extremely well, we were winning the match and ended up getting caught and pinned in the third period. Up until that point, he wrestled well."
Franks then faced off against Ty Glendenning at 182, losing a tough match 3-2. While Franks lost the match, Hauck liked seeing him control the pace of action.
"Colton Franks continues to grow," said coach Hauck. "He had an outstanding match with the Glendenning kid from Lebanon. We ended up losing 3-2, but we pushed the pace the whole time and we're excited to see that again with the conference tournament coming up. That's going to be a matchup that we're looking forward to."
Lebanon's fifth straight win came when Caleb Brown pinned Bridges, but Rolla recovered to get a win at 220 when Jacob Dobkins won a 2-0 match against Landen Smith. Lebanon's Race Cottongin beat Justin Briggs in the final varsity match of the dual on a 1-0 decision.
Rolla also had JV and exhibition wins from Dakota Arthur, Justin McEnany, Wyatt Sowers and Hannah O'Connor.
"I think the night went outstanding for us. Obviously, we would've liked to see two wins, but splitting for the night with the lineup that we had was great for us," said coach Hauck. "We wrestled extremely hard, I was proud of their effort and proud of their enthusiasm. We're trying new things again, so we're got some growing pains a little bit in the sense that we're continuing to learn the sport and grow."
Rolla has the Platte County Tournament this coming weekend on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 19-20. This will be an important test for Rolla as the Ozark Conference Tournament, Districts and State are right around the corner.
"It's a solid tournament. It's State level, I think there are four kids that are ranked number one in the state that are gonna be there. For some of our best wrestlers, it's going to be their toughest tournament to date, up until State,' said coach Hauck. "It's going to be a bruiser for sure. We're gonna go in there healthy and hopefully we're gonna come out of there healthy. The goal is to see where we're at state-wise and see how we compete at the state level. It's kind of a mini State right now."