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Raiders dominate All-BRC wrestling

Senior Derek Schindler earned All-Big Rivers Conference honors for the fourth straight year after posting a record of 44-3 this season. Schindler is one of five Raiders named to the 2012-13 All-BRC first team. Photos by Bob Burrows

Hudson dominated the 2012-13 All-Big Rivers Conference wrestling teams, released last week, with 11 Raiders honored including five on the All-BRC first team.

Seniors Austin Koski, Dima Hawksford and Derek Schindler, junior Eliot Motu, and freshman Sawyer Massie earned spots on the first team while senior Nick Nelson and junior Mathias Tobin were named to the second team. Juniors Nic Johnson and Cal Johnson, sophomore Max Gierke, and freshman Matt Koski received honorable mention.

"It is obviously quite remarkable to have 11 of your 14 guys named all-conference," Raider head coach Chris Hansen said. "Truth is, we could have even done better. I look at a guy like Nick Nelson, who went undefeated in the conference and was a sectional place-winner. That is definitely first team material but there just isn't enough spots to go around. A kid like Yuri Bronson just didn't have enough matches, or he would be honored. The bottom line is our guys should be very proud of their teammates and the respect the BRC coaches have for them."

For Schindler and Austin Koski, it's the fourth straight year they have received All-BRC honors. Schindler was a repeat selection to the first team after posting a record of 44-3, winning regional and sectional titles, and placing fifth at the state meet.

Austin Koski was named to the first team after going 37-10 this year. He won a regional championship and was second at the sectional tournament before ending his career as a state qualifier.

Hawksford has been honored by the conference coaches three straight years, the last two on the first team. He was a regional and sectional champ and took fifth at the state meet, where he also recorded his 100th career victory. He finished his senior season with a record of 41-5.

Motu received honorable mention to the 2011-12 team before being named to the first team for the first time this season. He won a regional title and placed fifth at state while finishing the year with a record of 35-13.

Massie is one of just two freshman to earn All-BRC first team honors. He went 26-8 on the year, including a regional championship and a third place sectional finish.

Tobin earned second team honors after receiving honorable mention as a sophomore, and Nelson was named to the second team for the third straight year, while Nic Johnson, Cal Johnson, Matt Koski and Gierke were honored by the conference coaches for the first time.

Hudson's 11 all-conference picks were the most of any BRC team. Conference champion Menomonie had nine wrestlers selected, including four to the first 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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