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Wrestlers first at home invitational

Raider junior C.J. Steiner takes Stillwater's Jason Wood with him as he explodes to his feet in their match at 132 pounds Saturday at the Hudson Invitational. Steiner earned a 3-1 decision to help the Raiders to a 58-6 victory. Photo by Bob Burrows1 / 2
Raider senior Nick Nelson puts the finishing touches on his pin of Stillwater's Gage LeBourgeios in the 120-pound match against the Ponies at the Hudson Invitational Saturday at the high school. The Raiders defeated Stillwater, 58-6 and went 4-0 on the day to capture first place at the six-team tourney. Photo by Bob Burrows2 / 2

The Raider wrestling team posted a dominating 74-3 Big Rivers Conference victory at Eau Claire Memorial last Thursday, Jan. 3 before going 4-0 to capture first place at the six-team Hudson Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 5.

Saturday's victories came by scores of 49-18 over Plainview-Elgin-Millville (Minn.), 78-6 over St. Paul Harding, 58-6 over Stillwater and 42-30 over Hutchinson, Minn.

"The Hutchinson dual was a big win for us," Raider coach Chris Hansen said. "They are ranked sixth in Minnesota and we are ranked sixth in Wisconsin. Plus, they beat us last year so we knew this would be a tough, close dual."

After 12 bouts the score was tied 30-30 before the Raiders took the final two matches to earn a comfortable 42-30 win. Matt Koski gave Hudson the lead for good with a pin at the 1:02 mark of the 113 pound match before Nick Nelson sealed the victory with a pin at 1:01 at 120 pounds.

Nic Johnson at 138 pounds, and Derek Schindler at 182, also earned pins against Hutchinson while Sawyer Massie (126), C.J. Steiner 132), Dylan Anderson (160) and Mathias Tobin won decisions. Dima Hawksford received a forfeit at 170 pounds.

Schindler, Hawksford, Tobin and Matt Koski all went 4-0 on the day while Anderson went 1-0.

"I am also quite pleased with our freshman, Dylan Anderson," Hansen said. "We have gotten him into the line-up twice now and he has won both times. Add that to the many wins Sawyer Massie and Matt Koski are accumulating and our ninth graders, including the guys on JV, are really looking strong."

Three of Tobin's victories came by pin in addition to earning a crucial 7-6 decision over Jacob Vanderheiden of Hutchinson.

"The entire squad did quite well, but I really felt that Mathias Tobin stepped up his game," Hansen said. "He is becoming more offensive and the results are showing that."

Massie, Steiner, Nic Johnson, Nelson, Austin Koski, Eliot Motu and Mitch Fanning all went 3-1 on the day while Sam Green was 2-1 and Max Gierke finished 2-2.

Last Thursday the Raiders improved to 2-1 in BRC duals with a crushing 74-3 victory over Eau Claire Memorial.

Nelson, Massie, Cal Johnson, Austin Koski, Anderson, Schindler, Motu and Tobin all pinned their opponents while Hawksford posted a technical fall, Gierke won an 8-2 decision and Drew Klabon, Matt Koski and Nic Johnson received forfeits.

The Raiders return to action Thursday, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m. against Chippewa Falls for both Parent's Night and Youth Night.

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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