Rock Bridge wrestlers lose final home dual

Thursday, February 5, 2009 | 10:21 p.m. CST; updated 11:07 p.m. CST, Thursday, February 5, 2009

COLUMBIA — Senior night was a tough for the Rock Bridge wrestling team. It lost to Jefferson City 54-9 in the team's final home dual.

Senior starters Thomas Senseman, Elliot Rutter and Charlie Stephenson all wrestled their final home matches.

Rutter and Stephenson both lost by pin, but Senseman, who wrestles in the 145-pound weight class, won his match 8-3. Senseman said he was pleased with his victory, but is more focused on the district tournament next weekend. By winning his match, he is likely to have a better seed in the tournament.

First-year head coach Travis Craig said he is thankful for the leadership qualities the seniors have provided.

“They’ve done a great job,” Craig said. “I’ve been with these kids since they got here. They’ve made it a lot easier as the head coach to be able to go to them and have them take care of problems, or go and talk to a kid, instead of me always being the guy that goes and talks to them. They can really provide the that leadership, which as a new head coach, you are looking for.”

Craig said he was pleased with the Bruins' effort against Jefferson City, especially since his team is young.

“We’re still going to have some of these kids for three more years, some for two more years,” Craig said. “When you see them as freshmen and sophomores getting better gradually, your eyes light up for what they could become in the future.”

Rock Bridge wrestles their final dual on Saturday at DeSmet. The Bruins will then have a full week off before the district tournament.

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