Wrestlers stay perfect in BRCThe Raider wrestling team remained undefeated in Big Rivers Conference competition with a 54-15 victory at Rice Lake last Thursday before coming out on the short end of dual meets against three of Minnesota’s top-ranked teams at Saturday’s Anoka Quad.
By: Bob Burrows, Hudson Star-Observer
The Raider wrestling team remained undefeated in Big Rivers Conference competition with a 54-15 victory at Rice Lake last Thursday, Jan. 12 before coming out on the short end of dual meets against three of Minnesota’s top-ranked teams at Saturday’s Anoka Quad.
The Raiders dropped a 36-23 decision to second-ranked Scott West and lost to eighth-ranked Prior Lake, 53-21, before falling to the host school, 12th-ranked Anoka, 32-25.
“We were real close to upsetting No. 12 ranked Anoka,” Raider coach Chris Hansen said. “The dual came down to the final match and we had a great chance but ended up on the losing end. All in all, it was a great day of wrestling. You have to get into these type of duals to really see what you need to work on.”
Among the Raider highlights at the quad were Tanner Owens defeating fourth-ranked Charlie Pesch of Scott West, 7-5, and Derek Schindler avenging a loss in early December against Scott West’s Jake DeWeese. Schindler was the only Raider to go 3-0 on the day.
Earlier in the week at Rice Lake, Schindler moved up a weight class — from 182 to 195 pounds — to take on the Warriors’ top wrestler Austin Roberts. Schindler used three takedowns to control the match from start to finish and posted a 7-5 victory.
“Derek gave up 20 pounds and really showed that solid technique will always beat solid muscle,” Hansen said. “I was also very pleased to insert two junior varsity wrestlers into the varsity line-up and each came home with their first ever varsity win. Freshman Erik Bell won a 4-0 decision while sophomore Wade Malecha won with a second period pin.
Owens, Austin Koski, Kolya Hawksford, Dima Hawksford, Mathis Tobin, Nick Nelson, and Nic Johnson also won by pinfall for the Raiders, with Nelson needing just 48 seconds to take care of his opponent. Erik Bell won a 4-0 decision at 113 pounds to round out the Raider scoring.
Hudson will host Eau Claire North in a BRC dual this Thursday, Jan. 19, beginning at 7 p.m. before traveling to Chippewa Falls next Thursday, Jan. 26.