Wrestlers open season in Phelps County against Rolla, Washington

Will Johnson

ROLLA — Sometimes you have to play the best to be the best.

Rod Barndollar’s Owensville Dutchmen wrestlers found this out last Tuesday in their season-opening tri-meet in Rolla against the host Bulldogs and Washington’s Blue Jays.

Watching Rolla defeat Washington in the first dual, Owensville hit the mats in the second dual against the Blue Jays.

Starting the dual against Washington at 126 pounds, Caden Moss was pinned by Ben Griffen in 1:15.

Also making his varsity debut, freshman Kolby Jahnsen was pinned in 3:02 at 132 pounds by Washington’s Evan Hey.

Sophomore Tighe Bombach was up next at 138 pounds for OHS. Pinned in :39 seconds by Louis Obermark (Washington), Owensville turned to senior Dustin Jahnsen to get on the board in team scoring at 145 pounds.

Pinning Blue Jay grappler Kyle Buchanan in :36, the elder Jahnsen started his senior year off with a win.

Edward DeLong marked his varsity debut in Rolla against Washington’s Tyler Ramsey at 152 pounds.

Trailing 5-3 after one period, the Dutchmen sophomore racked up nine points to take a 12-5 lead with two minutes of wrestling left.

Scoring a takedown and earning a penalty point in the third period, DeLong held on to win a 15-11 decision.

Cooper Bombach was next on the mats at 160 pounds against Washington’s Chris Griesenauer. Dropping a 12-4 decision, the elder Bombach bounced back against Rolla’s Bryce O’Connor with a win by fall in 2:16.

Blaine Schoenfeld was pinned by Washington’s Jack Carico at 170 pounds before he came back to pin Rolla’s Jacob Phillips in 2:00.

At 182 pounds, Caleb Gray dropped a 21-8 major decision to Washington’s Gunnar Noud. Gray came back against Rolla to pin Ian Dobkins in 1:41.

Colton Moore picked up OHS’ other win against the Blue Jays by fall in :22 over Cory Hardesty at 195 pounds.

Dakota Martin (LBF, 1:17) and Bryce Mistler (5-1) both lost their matches against Washington at 220 and 285 pounds respectively.

Austin Angell earned a victory at 120 pounds as Washington was open in that weight class.

Owensville wound up falling to the Blue Jays by a team score of 49-21.

Falling 66-18 as a team to Rolla, Owensville wrestlers falling in their matches against the Bulldogs included Moore (195), Martin (220), Mistler (285), Angell (120) and Moss (126).

JV Dutchmen wrestlers will compete in tournament action Saturday in Rolla while the varsity squad will be at the Missouri Duals hosted by Helias High School in Jefferson City on Friday, Dec. 8 and Saturday, Dec. 9.

Owensville will compete in the Blue division along with Helias, Neosho, Grain Valley, Lebanon, Ozark and Lutheran St. Charles.

Friday wrestling will begin at 5:30 p.m., at Rackers Fieldhouse on the Helias High School campus.

In the first two rounds of the tournament, OHS will face Ozark and Lebanon.

Saturday wrestling will begin at 9 a.m., with Owensville facing Lutheran St. Charles, Neosho, Grain Valley and Helias.

Results of those six duals will determine wether they will wrestle for 11th, 9th, 7th, 5th, 3rd or 1st.

The first through fifth-place matches will be held in Rackers Fieldhouse while the other three place matches will take place in the auxiliary gym.