The Rolla wrestling team hosted Hillcrest and Sullivan for Senior Night on Tuesday, Jan. 23. Rolla honored their 10 seniors on the night and cruised to two wins, beating Hillcrest 72-12 and Sullivan 72-9.
Rolla started the night with a dual against Hillcrest. Hillcrest was open at 10 weights, which made for a quick match. The first match of the dual was between Bryce O'Connor and Adam Trivitt. O'Connor dominated the match and got a pin in the first period. Senior Jacob Phillips then had his first match of the night against Steven Brown. Phillips got out to a solid start. but overcommitted on a move in the second period and was caught for a pin. Colton Franks then quickly pinned William Hampton at 182. Hillcrest then ended the dual with their second win of the night when Quinci Attyberry pinned David Bridges in the second period. With all of the opens, Rolla won the dual 72-12.
Rolla also won three of the four exhibition matches with Hillcrest. Titus Taylor, James Wick and Jaden Tate all had pins for the Bulldogs.
Rolla then celebrated their 10 seniors between duals. Their senior manager Mackenzie Proffitt was honored alongside their wrestlers Alexis Newkirk, Josh Ward, Alex and Michael Deblasi, Cody Mullen, Jacob Phillips, Jacob Dobkins, Lucas Lambeth and Coleman Brainard, who is also the wrestler of the week after defeating the number one ranked wrestler in the state at his weight and setting the new school record for wins.
After honoring the seniors, Rolla got into action against Sullivan. O'Connor kicked off the dual with his second pin of the night, this one coming against Alec McCormick in the third period. Sullivan came back with a win at 170 when Evan Shetley caught Phillips for a pin in the second period.
The Bulldogs came back with six straight pins and that started with Franks at 182. Franks pinned Trey Eplin to get the ball rolling, before Bridges pinned Jacob Smith. Dobkins won his only match on his senior night when he pinned Drake Hill in the first period. Justin Briggs pinned Tristan Brown at heavyweight, before flipping down to the lighter weights. The Sederburg brothers then got back to back pins at 106 and 113 with Anthony pinning Dillon Witt and Zander pinning Luke Dixon.
Sullivan was open at the next two weights to keep the points coming for Rolla, before Dathan Mickem pinned Ransom Dudley at 132. Sullivan's last win of the night came at 138 when Kobie Blankenship beat Justin McEnany 5-2.
Rolla finished off the night with two seniors when Brainard pinned Isaac Peregoy in the second period at 145 and Lambeth pinned Ross Farris in the first period at 152.
Coach Hauck enjoyed the senior night because they were able to recognize all of their seniors, not just the four that regularly find themselves in the lineup.
"It gave the guys that have been practicing with us throughout the year that are a huge, vital part of our team as far as staying healthy and having practice partners that give us different looks and options in our lineup. They got to be recognized," said head coach Marty Hauck. "Same as our manager, she does a great job keeping stats and helping us do a lot of things behind the scenes. It's a vital part of the team to make it run as smoothly we have this year."
Coach Hauck specifically mentioned his four regulars in the lineup: Brainard, Lambeth, Phillips and Dobkins.
"Obviously Coleman, I've spent a lot of time with him. He's been with me at 5:30 in the morning since I came here three years ago," said coach Hauck. "Lucas has been a part of our lineup for the last four years, same with Jacob Dobkins and Jacob Phillips...to see those kids have a great senior year is exciting. It's great for them to see the reward of dedication to this sport and this team at Rolla high school."
Rolla's regular season is winding down. The varsity will be off this weekend before their final dual of the season against Camdenton and Smith-Cotton at Camdenton on Monday, Jan. 29.