The Rolla wrestling team took part in the 31st Annual Neosho Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 1. The Bulldogs had a great showing with nine top five finishes and one champion, which propelled Rolla to a fifth place finish as a team.
Rolla's top finisher was Dathan Mickem, who earned Rolla's wrestler of the week honor after taking home the tournament championship at 138. Mickem opened the tournament with a 7-1 win, before a win by medical forfeit in the second round. He won on a tech fall in the third round 16-0, before a 7-0 win put him in the championship match against Neosho's Noah Reiboldt. Mickem had to grind through another three periods, but managed to pull out a 4-2 victory to claim the championship.
The Bulldogs also had another great showing at 120, where Xander Sederburg finished in second. Sederburg opened the tournament with a pin, before a 6-0 win and a 7-4 win. A 28 second pin of Carson Logue from Belton sent Sederburg into the championship match against Dalton Litzsinger from Hillsboro. He had a hard-fought match, but couldn't find any points in a 2-0 loss to finish in second.
Rolla then had not one, but two medalists at 182, where Bryce O'Connor and Colton Franks both finished in the top three. The two Bulldogs didn't run into each other, but both had great runs. O'Connor opened the tournament with a string of pins, getting two first period pins in his first two matches. After a bye in the third round, O'Connor pinned Zach McNess of Hillsbro in just 37 seconds to advance to the championship. He faced Belton's Jack Goin for the title, where he took his lone loss of the tournament 7-3. Goin was a problem for Rolla all day long, as he dealt Franks a loss in his first match of the tournament. After an early loss, Franks went on a tear. He pinned his next opponent, before a 3-0 win over Farmington's Rothman Harris. A 30 second pin put the Bulldog junior in the third place match, where he pinned Jonas Keohane in the second period to finish in third.
Justin McEnaney also earned a third place finish for the Bulldogs at 145. After a pair of byes, McEnaney pinned Garrett Greve from Kickapoo. He ran into a tough match after that, where he was tech falled by Neosho's Braxton Barnes 20-3, which sent him to the third place match. McEnaney only needed two periods to come away with a pin of Willard's Ryder Heimbach and finish in third.
The Bulldogs got a fourth place finish from Hunter Hoffman at 106. Hoffman got off to a hot start, pinning Tyler Cartright from Branson in 36 seconds, before winning a 7-2 decision over Neosho's Nate Copeland. Hoffman earned another pin, before a 9-0 loss toWillard's Christian Finley. Hoffman faced Farmington's Dayton Boyd, but couldn't quite close out the match with a 4-3 loss to finish in fourth.
Rolla also had several fifth place finishes on the day. Billy Cowan earned a fifth place finish at 113. After a first round loss, Cowan bounced back with back to back first period pins, before winning 9-0 against Hillsboro's Aidan Haggard in the fifth place match. Hayden Fane also earned a fifth place finish at 170. After a tough 6-5 loss in the first round, Fane was pinned in the second round. Fane bounced back with a pin of Kael Krause, before another pin of Hillsboro's John Moseley IV in the third place match. David Rodgers earned a fifth place finish of his own at 195. He opened the tournament with a 6-1 win, followed by a bye. Rodgers then pinned Willard's Gavin Killingsworth, before taking a 13-4 loss to Belton's Robert Woltkamp to go into the fifth place match. Rodgers capped off his action in the tournament with a pin of Farmington's Judd Cunningham to finish in fifth.
The Bulldogs also had a trio of sixth place finishes. Andre Ridenhour took sixth at 152. After he was pinned in the third period, he bounced back with a pin in the second round. Ridenhour was pinned in his next match, before grinding out a 3-2 win to advance to the fifth place match, where he lost 6-4 to Kickapoo's Tai Koyama. David Redding had the same finish at 160. Redding was pinned in his first two matches, before pinning Branson's Erin Bohmont in 34 seconds. The win put Redding in the fifth place match, where he was pinned in the second period by Willard's Rylan Dixon. Chris Bench then finished in sixth as a heavyweight. He was pinned in his first two matches to go into the fifth place match, where he was pinned in the second period.
Rounding things out for Rolla was a seventh place finish by Dakota Arthur at 126 and an eighth place finish by Orion Parker at 132. Arthur was pinned in his first three matches, before pinning Marcos Lopez in the seventh place match. Parker was pinned in his first three matches, before an 8-7 win over Branson's Domingo Recinos put him in the seventh place match, where he lost to Kickapoo's Quinton Papa 12-8.
The Bulldogs followed the tournament with a quad with Kickapoo, Willard and McDonald County on Tuesday, but results were not available at press time. Their next action will be in the Harrisonville Holiday Tournament on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14-15.