The Rolla wrestling team took part in a quad against Kickapoo, McDonald County and Willard on Tuesday, Dec. 4. The Bulldogs came away with wins over Kickapoo and McDonald County, but lost to Willard.
The Bulldogs started the quad against McDonald County and got out to a great start to the night with a 55-24 win. After being open at 106, McDonald County won the first match of the dual when Eh Doh Say pinned Billy Cowan in the third period. Rolla got six more points from an open at 120, before Xander Sederburg beat Jacob Owens on a 15-0 tech fall.
Zack Fennell then made his season debut at 132 and had a tough match to kick off his season. He faced off against Oscar Ortiz, who handed Nate Pulliam his lone lose last season in the State Championship last season. Fennell got some revenge for his partner in the wrestling room, pulling out a 6-5 victory in the match.
The Bulldogs kept rolling with Issac Hunter pinning Justin Smith, beforeJustin McEnaney beat Jared Weaver on a tech fall 16-0. Andre Ridenhour then pinned Junior Teriek at 152. McDonald County's Jack Teague then pinned David Redding at 160.
Hayden Fane and Bryce O'Connor then got back to back pins at 170 and 182. McDonald County was open at 195, before getting back to back pins against Rolla's Luke Beaugard and Christopher Bench to finish the dual.
Rolla then had an excellent showing against Kickapoo with a 58-24 win. Cowan kicked off the dual with a 16-5 major decision win over Gabriel Appleberry. Sederburg then pinned Theo Holleman at 120. Orion Parker had a tough match with Carter McKeel, but was pinned with 35 seconds left in the match.
Fennell kept rolling with a pin of Quinton Papa in the first period. That started a string of pins for the Bulldogs. Dathan Mickem pinned Nathan Duer at 138, before McEnaney pinned Garrett Greve at 145. Kickapoo was open at 152 and 170. Redding pinned Cole Egger at 160 and O'Connor pinned Kaden Rea in just 23 seconds.
Kickapoo won the three remaining matches by pins. David Rogers was pinned in the third period, Beaugard was pinned in the second and Bench was pinned in the first. Kickapoo was then open at 106, giving Rolla six more points in a 58-24 win.
Kickapoo also had the lone female wrestler for Rolla to face. Annabelle Para was able to pin Trinity Combs in that match.
After rolling through Kickapoo, the Bulldogs had a tough dual with Willard to finish the night. Sederburg started the dual by grinding out a 7-3 win over Oscar Martinez, before Orion Parker was pinned at 126. Fennell then beat Jonah Peters on a 9-1 major decision at 132, before Pickem beat CJ Stanford 5-2.
Willard won the next four matches of the night. McEnaney lost a tough match 14-9, before Ridenhour was pinned in the second period. Redding and Fane were then pinned back to back in the second period.
O'Connor then snapped the losing streak with a first period pin of Jonas Keohane, before Rogers won an 8-4 match over Gavin Killingsworth. Willard went on to get first period pins in the remaining four matches to win the dual 51-19.
"It was a good night of wrestling for us," said head coach Marty Hauck. "We just got done seeing these three teams two days earlier, so we mixed out lineup once again in a few spots. We obviously have some work to do and every day we continue to improve our positioning. Even in those two days, we could see an improvement on what we worked on at practice.
"Our young guys are really looking good and heading in the direction we want," continued Hauck. "We scored over 100 points and won two duals, but our focus is on us at the moment and what we are doing to get ready for the District and State Tournaments. We have to make our weakness out strength."
Next up for Rolla is the Harrisonville Holiday Tournament on Friday, Dec. 14.