Records fall as grapplers get pair of fourths at state
The Raider wrestlers wrapped up a stellar season in grand fashion last weekend, bringing home a pair of state medals that constituted the best one-two salvo in school history.
Both senior Korey Kenall and junior Cole Tobin placed fourth in the state. "We really thought we could come home with two place-winners, but we knew it would be tough. The boys were really going to have to wrestle hard and they did just that," Coach Chris Hansen said.
No wrestling team from Hudson had ever placed two athletes in the top four, and both could have easily been in the top three.
Korey Kenall, at 112 pounds, finished the season with a 43-7 record. All seven losses were to state qualifiers and six of the seven were to state place-winners, including three defeats at the hands of state champions. Forty-three wins broke the Hudson season record of 40, previously held by Graydon Anderson in 2004 and Mike Reneau in 1996. Kenall also finished his career with 118 wins, good for third all-time in Hudson.
Heavyweight Cole Tobin finished the season with a 48-3 record. Tobin now holds the school record in season wins, surpassing the old standard of 40 and also the new mark set earlier in the day by teammate Kenall. Tobin's three losses came at the hands of two state champions and a third-place finisher. Tobin also set the school record for pins in a season and team points.
Kenall's opening-round opponent was Nathan Misenheimer of Middleton. Kenall made easy work of him, Hansen said, winning with a 20-4 technical pin. Kenall then faced Jared Kust of Shawano, who had just two losses all season. The match came right down to the end, but Kust held on for the win and eventually placed third in the state.
The third round pitted Kenall against Spencer Kroening of Sheboygan South, and the Raider grappler won that match 4-2. Kenall then faced Chris Strike of Franklin, who was coming off a big win where he defeated a 36-0 senior. Kenall beat Strike 8-4.
However, it was Kenall's final win of the tournament that was his biggest, when he faced Tanner Klitzke of Stoughton and again won 4-2. Klitzke then won his fifth-place match.
The final match, for third place, again paired Kenall against Kust of Shawano. The match was even closer the second time around, in fact, was tied at five with just 20 seconds remaining. But once again, Kust pulled out the victory.
Tobin's opening round opponent was Charlie Mitchell (40-3) of South Milwaukee. Tobin increased his school pin record with that match, then faced undefeated and eventual-state-champion Zac Saevre in the second round, where he fell 11-4. Then Tobin gained his final pin of the season at 30, six more than the old school record, over Marshall Rutherford of Waterford.
Next up for Tobin was Matt Neumyer of Port Washington, and Tobin needed overtime, but came away with a 3-1 win. Tobin's final victory came against Harold Lloyd of Janesville Parker by 2-0.
For third place, Tobin faced the state's No. 3 ranked wrestler in senior Justin Petersen of Steven's Point. Petersen won 1-0.