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Update: Tobin Wins State Wrestling Title

Hudson senior Cole Tobin celebrates recording a first period pin over Matt Hermes of Racine Park in the state semi finals Friday night at the WIAA state individual wrestling tournament. The win moved him into the Saturday night finals where Tobin won the state title, defeating Glen Kendl of Wauwatosa West 4-3. Photo by Sean Scallon

Cole Tobin, Hudson's 285-pound wrestler, fought his way to a state title in the 285-pound weight class in the WIAA Division 1 individual state wrestling tournament in Madison last weekend.

"Cole Tobin stole the show," said Raider coach Chris Hansen.

In the 50-year history of Hudson wrestling, Tobin is Hudson's third state champion, but the first to place as high as he did for two consecutive years. Tobin, a senior, took fourth in last year's tournament.

Hudson's other state champs were Greg Kay in 1985 and Gabe Donatell in 1999. Donatell came the closest to matching Tobin's feat, placing fifth and first place in consecutive years. 

Tobin finished the season with an impressive 48-2 record. Both losses came to opponents that he has since beaten and both opponent were state qualifiers themselves.

"Cole has had an impressive career and it was great to see it culminate with a state title," Hansen said. "He wrestled very well at state and is a very deserving champion."

Tobin's title run began the hard way as he faced the number one ranked wrestler in the state in the very first round, John Van Gundy of Tomah. Tobin jumped to an early lead and cruised to a 5-0 decision.

Things were equally as difficult in the quarterfinals as Tobin faced the state's number four ranked wrestler, Matt Cuadra of Oshkosh West. Coming into the tournament, Cuadra had a 46-2 record. Tobin won the tough match with a 4-3 decision.

In the semi-finals, Tobin won with a first period pin (setting a new school record for season pins) over Matt Hermes of Racine Park.

In the Saturday night finals, Tobin faced Glen Kendl of Wauwatosa West. Kendl was ranked number three in the state and held a 40-2 record. Tobin won that match with another 4-3 decision. 

Tobin scored his first point on a penalty because of a head butt in the first period. After a scoreless second period, Tobin went up 2-0 after an escape. But he was also called for stalling making the score 2-1 with less than a minute remaining in the match. Tobin scored a takedown near the center of the mat to go ahead 4-1 which proved to be enough to win the title.

Other wrestlers

An unprecedented five Hudson wrestlers competed at the WIAA State Tournament and all performed well as Hudson compiled an overall 8-7 record in state matches. In all, four of the five Raiders won matches while at state and the team placed eighth overall. 

Sophomore Nick Larson competed at 160 pounds and won two matches, falling just short of being a state place-winner. Larson won in the first round 4-3 over Kevyn Dusing of Mukwonago opponent. He then lost to the eventual fourth place finisher, Davion Willis of Milwaukee Custer, in the second round 10-3. In the consolation bracket, Larson beat Ryan Haas-Denton from Oregon 11-3. In his next match, however, he was pinned by eventual third-place winner Tyler Bordeau of Menasha.

Hudson's 152-ppounder, junior Kyle Crain, won his first match with a pin over Ian Johnson of Milton. In the second round, Crain faced number one ranked Derek Olson from Muskego and lost 9-1. In the consolation bracket, Crain lost a tough 9-4 overtime decision to Kyle Householder of Cedarburg.

Hudson's 125-pounder, senior Tyler Boumeester, lost 17-2 in the first round to the eventual second place finisher Jake Sueflohn from Arrowhead. Boumeester, however, recovered to win his next match, an 8-4 decision over Zach Noel of Whitnall. In his next match he dropped 6-1 decision to eventual third place finisher, Jared Kissinger of Verona.

Freshman Tanner Owens had a difficult bracket placement and lost his first match 18-5 to Tony Perl of Sheboygan North. Owens was not able to get a second match and found an early exit from competition.

"The kids really wrestled great," said Hansen. "We went 8-7 in overall matches and all seven losses came to eventual state place winners. It took a pretty good opponent to beat us."

The weekend capped off a great season for the Raiders which found them ranked as high as fifth in state rankings. Hudson went 19-0 in dual meets before losing in the sectional finals to Wausau West. The team also won the Big Rivers Conference for the fourth straight season.

"Three of our state qualifiers return next season and that will be the most in the entire sectional, along with Marshfield's three who return," Hansen said.