Balance leads wrestlers in openerSenior Kolya Hawksford won his 100th career match and four Raiders reached the final in their respective weight classes as the Raider wrestling team finished second at the Lakeville North Paul Wolf Panther Invitational in Lakeville, Minn., Saturday.
By: Bob Burrows, Hudson Star-Observer
Senior Kolya Hawksford won his 100th career match and four Raiders reached the final in their respective weight classes as the Raider wrestling team finished second at the Lakeville North Paul Wolf Panther Invitational in Lakeville, Minn., Saturday.
Twelve of Hudson’s 14 wrestlers earned points and 11 made it to the awards podium as the Raiders finished second only to Scott West, the No. 3 ranked team in Minnesota.
Scott West topped the 16-team field with a score of 268 while Hudson was second with 193. Henry Sibley finished third with 114.
Hawksford dominated the 160-pound weight class, earning his 100th career win in the semifinals before picking up win No. 101 with a pin of Patrick Dvorak of Scott West in the finals. He is the 15th wrestler in Hudson history to win 100 career matches.
All four Raiders who reached the finals Saturday squared off against opponents from Scott West, who had a total of ten wrestlers reach the finals.
Tanner Owens ended up taking second at 152 pounds after losing to second-ranked Gabe Fogarty, while Dima Hawksford lost to third-ranked Nick Dvorak in the 170-pound final. Derek Schindler reached the finals at 182 pounds where he lost to Scott West’s Jake DeWeese.
Raider coach Chris Hansen said the biggest surprise of the day came from Tim Feia, who finished third at 126 pounds.
“He was very impressive and has made big gains from where he left off at the end of last season,” Hansen said.
Austin Koski at 145 pounds, and Mathias Tobin at 285, also wrestled to third place finishes while Zach Lohman finished fourth at 113 pounds and Eliot Motu placed fourth at 220.
CJ Steiner contributed fifth place points at 132 pounds while Nick Nelson boosted Hudson’s team score with a sixth place finish at 120.
The six-time defending Big Rivers Conference champion Raiders will kick off their conference schedule at home against Eau Claire Memorial this Thursday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m.