The Rolla wrestling teams opened their season against Union on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Rolla got off to a great start to the season, winning both of their duals.
The boys got out to a solid start with a 57-24 win over the Wildcats. Hayden Fane kicked things off with a second period pin at 170 to get Rolla on the board. Bryce O'Connor was pinned in the third period at 182, before David Rodgers pinned Luke Siddens at 195 in the third period.
After Rolla was open at 220, Union's Connor Ward pinned Riess Clark at 285, before the match flipped over to the lightweights. Hunter Hoffman had a tough match at 106, but was pinned midway through the third period.
The Bulldogs swept the rest of the dual. Billy Cowan got a first period pin of Dominick Beine at 113, before Anthony Sederburg punned Dylan Stalcup with 27 minutes to spare in the third period at 120. After Union was open at 126, Xander Sederburg pinned Wyatt Davis at 132. Dathan Mickem was able to grind out a 3-0 win at 138. Justin McEnaney and Andre Ridenhour finished the dual with back to back first period pins. One more Union open slot at 160 gave Rolla an extra six points in a 57-24 win.
"We wrestled well for our first dual and obviously there is a lot to clean up. We won several matches which could get us a higher District seed and at the same time were winning a couple of matches and got pinned in the third, which could have cost us a District seed," said head coach Marty Hauck of the match. "I was pleased having two of our All-State kids not in the lineup and five freshmen in our starting lineup and competing like we did. Kids fought hard and it was a great environment and a great place for us to wrestle, as Districts will be hosted there this year."
The Lady Bulldogs got their first team win in program history with a 42-15 victory. The match started with a pair of Union opens at 103 and 110, before the two teams traded wins at 116 and 121. Kristina Wilson beat Rolla's Allie Potter on a first period pin, before Samara Lewis pinned Union's McKenna Coombs in the second period.
Neither team had a wrestler at 126, before Haley Moentmann pinned Taylor Stroup midway through the second period for six more Rolla points. The two teams then traded opens at 136 and 143. Celeste Lietz had a great match at 152, but lost a 9-7 decision to Sarena Monroe. Rolla got 12 more points on Union opens to finish off the match.
"It was a great to start our women's wrestling team off with a win as well! The girls fought hard and we got a few pins," said coach Hauck. "Sammy got the first pin for the women's wrestling team and we had a pin where we came from behind and won in the third, so it was good to see Haley fight back.
Next up for Rolla is a trip with Washington and Owensville on Tuesday, Nov. 27.