Wrestling in front of a school assembly, the Union wrestling Wildcats opened the season at home Tuesday against Rolla.
The visiting Bulldogs won the varsity meet, 57-24.
The event also had a girls meet and Rolla defeated Union in that as well, 42-15.
Union returns to action Wednesday in a tri-meet at Ladue.
In boys varsity action against Rolla, the contest started at 170. Union won four weight classes. Union’s winners were:
• Ryder Kuenzel (182) pinned Bryce O’Connor in 4:27;
• Haiden Meyer (220) was unopposed;
• Connor Ward (285) pinned Riess Clark in 1:58; and
• Sam Inman (106) pinned Hunter Hoffman in 5:03.
Rolla won eight contested matches and took two forfeits.
In the contested matches:
• Hayden Fane (170) pinned Union’s Jacob Nowak in 3:40;
• David Rogers (195) pinned Union’s Luke Siddens in 4:21;
• Billy Cowan (113) pinned Union’s Dominick Beine in 1:33;
• Anthony Sederburg (120) pinned Union’s Dylan Stalcup in 5:33;
• Alexander Sederburg (132) pinned Union’s Wyatt Davis in 4:37;
• Dathan Mickern (138) earned a 3-0 decision over Union’s Gabe Hoekel;
• Justin McEnaney (145) pinned Union’s Josh Wegescheide in 1:30; and
• Andre Ridenhour (152) pinned Union’s Bowen Ward in 0:44.
Rolla’s forfeit winners were Orion Parker (126) and David Redding (160).
Union’s Kristina Wilson made history as she became the area’s first winner in girls wrestling, pinning Allie Porter of Rolla in the 116-pound match in 53 seconds.
Not only was Wilson Union’s first winner, but she was the first winner in a contested match after Rolla’s Brooke Dillon (103) and Brooklyn Gore (110) were unopposed in their matches.
Union had two other winners in the event with Sarena Monroe (152) posting a 9-7 win over Rolla’s Celeste Lietz and Nylah Scott (136) was unopposed.
Rolla’s other winners in contested matches were:
• Samara Lewis (121) pinned Union’s McKenna Coombs in 3:01; and
• Haley Moentmann (131) pinned Union’s Taylor Stroup in 3:31.
Rolla’s other forfeit winners were Renae Dorbry (143), Hannah O’Connor (167) and Mystikal Moentmann (187).
Both teams were open at 126 and 235.
After Wednesday’s tri-meet, Union will wrestle Saturday at the Ft. Zumwalt North Tournament.
Union’s annual tournament will be a two-day competition this year, runing Dec. 7-8.