Regional foes are easy prey for winning grapplers
The No. 5-ranked Raider wrestling team easily won the regional championship held at Eau Claire North on Saturday.
Hudson won the tournament by 38 points over Chippewa Falls and New Richmond, who tied for second. River Falls placed fourth. With this championship, the team advanced to the sectional finals that were set for Tuesday.
Hudson will face the top ranked team in the state, Wausau West, and the winner of this dual meet will wrestle at Team State in two weeks.
Along with the team title, Hudson advanced 11 of 14 wrestlers to the individual sectional on Saturday (Feb. 21) in Marshfield. No other team in the regional advanced that many grapplers. The top two finishers in each weight class at the sectional advance to the state tournament.
Hudson was led by five champions. Winning his first varsity tournament, freshman Tanner Owens was victorious at 103 pounds. Owens won 7-0 in the finals over Peter Wolff of River Falls.
Senior Tyler Boumeester took the title at 125 pounds. Boumeester beat the state's No. 7 ranked wrestler, Jered Kerr of New Richmond in the finals by 11-9. Junior Phil Bates won by major decision in the finals over Adam Figi of River Falls. Junior Kyle Crain posted a 17-1 technical pin over Nick Didier of Menomonie in the finals, and lastly sophomore Nick Larson won by major decision over Matt Ingebretson of Chippewa Falls.
Placing second for Hudson was senior Cole Tobin, who was defeated for just the second time this season -- both losses have come in overtime. Tobin lost 5-3 to eighth-ranked Nikola Bogojevic of Superior. Placing third were Jordan Baumgartner, Ryan Smith and Art Vinzant.
Rounding out the sectional qualifiers were fourth-place finishers Kolya Hawksford and Nathan Eby.
Although they did not qualify for the sectional, Gordon Johnson and Walker MacSwain were both place-winners and contributed to the team title.
"I thought the guys wrestled real well," Coach Chris Hansen said. "We never discussed a goal of winning this regional title. The focus was on preparing for the individual sectional. This title was simply a by-product of that."