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Wrestlers roll into postseason

Hudson's Max Gierke gets a hold of Eau Claire North's Randy Zais on his way to winning a 3-2 decision at 195 pounds in the Raiders' 57-9 victory over the Huskies last Thursday at the high school.1 / 2
Hudson's Dima Hawksford drives Eau Claire North's Hunter Dahlby to the mat on his way to winning a 16-6 decision at 170 pounds in the Raider wrestling team's 57-9 Big Rivers Conference victory over the Huskies last Thursday.2 / 2

The Raider wrestling team tuned up for this weekend's Big Rivers Conference/Dunn-St. Croix Conference Challenge with four convincing victories last week, but that doesn't mean the Raiders are taking this weekend's opponents lightly.

Hudson defeated Eau Claire North, 57-9, in the final BRC dual of the season last Thursday before beating Black River Falls, 72-0, Tomah 42-26 and Tri-County (Plainfield) 84-0 Friday at the Black River Falls Quad.

Hudson head coach Chris Hansen said last week's wins won't mean much if the Raiders don't step up this weekend.

"We won four duals last week in convincing fashion, but that is not to say each kid wasn't tested at some point," he said. "We are entering the post-season now and we are looking at smaller details then just the wins and losses."

The Raiders got pins from Derek Schindler, Eliot Motu, Nick Nelson, Nic Johnson, Cal Johnson and Austin Koski in their win over Eau Claire North while Dima Hawksford, Sawyer Massie and C.J. Steiner earned major decisions. Max Gierke added a close 3-2 decision at 195 pounds while the Raiders picked up a forfeit at 285.

The Raiders cruised past Black River Falls, 72-0, with Nelson, Massie, Hawksford, Schindler and Mathias Tobin all earning pins. Tim Feia and Koski both picked up technical falls while the closest victory came at 160 pounds, where Zach Kraft wrestled to a 4-1 decision.

In the 42-16 win over Tomah, Nic Johnson and Hawksford recorded pins while Steiner earned a technical fall and Schindler won a major decision. Tobin took a close 3-2 decision at 285 pounds and Matt Koski posted an 8-6 victory at 113 while Sam Green earned a 10-7 victory at 160.

The Raiders recorded seven pins and picked up forfeits in the seven other matches on their way to an 84-0 victory over Tri-County. Tobin, Mitch Fanning, Nelson, Massie, Cal Johnson, Schindler and Gierke earned the pins while Tri-County forfeited at 113, 132, 138, 152, 160, 170, and 220.

This Saturday's BRC/D-SC Challenge gets underway at 10 a.m. at River Falls High School, and Hansen said the field looks to be as tough as ever.

"There are five ranked teams in the 12-team field," he said. "I see Menomonie as our biggest challenge as they have such a balanced team."

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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