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Hudson senior Eliot Motu takes on Jackson Middleton of Madison West in his first round match at 220 pounds at the WIAA State Wrestling Tournament in Madison last Thursday. Motu won a 4-3 decision. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Sean Scallon)

Eliot Motu gets 100th win at state wrestling tournament

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Sometimes the luck of the draw just doesn’t go your way.

Hudson senior Mathias Tobin and sophomore Sawyer Massie had both defeated multiple state qualifiers this season. But neither could get out of the first round at last weekend’s 2014 WIAA State Championship Tournament.

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Senior Eliot Motu however became the 19th Hudson wrestler to reach 100 career wins by going 2-2 at the state tournament, held at the Kohl Center in Madison. He is just the 15th wrestler in Hudson history to finish his career as a two-time state qualifier.

“I could not be more happy with how all three boys performed at state,” Raider coach Chris Hansen said. “Even though none of them reached the podium, it was certainly not from lack of preparation or effort. Sometimes that is just how the bracket shakes out.”

Motu won a close 4-3 decision over Madison West's Jackson Middleton in Thursday’s prelims. He scored takedowns in the first and third periods and had to hold off a takedown attempt as time expired in the third period to earn the one-point win.

But time went against Motu against Bay Port's Joe Kistlaar in the quarterfinals. Kistlaar pinned Motu in 3:56 with the score tied 3-3.

Motu won his first match in the consolation round Friday morning. He defeated Koltin Kislia of Watertown in overtime, breaking a 1-1 tie with a takedown.

Motu was eliminated from the tournament by Elkhorn's Dylan Linhart in the second match in the consolation round. Linhart won 1-0, riding out Motu for the entire third period after getting an escape in the second.

Massie lost 3-1 to Port Washington's Quentin Lueck at 145 and Tobin was beaten in the 285-pound prelims by Port Washington's Andy Fidler, 8-5.

“They do not seed the state tournament so there are times when a kid who could otherwise win a few matches ends up in a tough spot,” Hansen said. “That happened to us this year. Tobin beat nine different state qualifiers on the season yet was not able to win a match at state. That tells me he had a bad draw. Same is true for Massie. He beat seven state qualifiers on the season.”

Massie just couldn't generate the offense to score after going down 2-0 early in the match. Tobin fell behind 6-1 after a takedown and two-point near fall early in the second period. He came back to within one at 6-5 but couldn't get the winning takedown despite having a deep single-leg shot with thirty seconds to go.

Hansen said all three wrestlers should be proud of what they’ve accomplished this season, and saluted the two seniors.

“Motu and Tobin have now capped off a great athletic career that includes success in both wrestling and football, and Massie is just getting started,” he said. “I wish the very best for these two seniors as they leave Hudson wrestling. Hopefully what they have experienced and learned will serve them well.”

Pierce County Herald Sports Editor Sean Scallon contributed to this story

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Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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