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Wrestlers win SCF Invite, conference challenge Feb. 8

Hudson heavyweight Mathis Tobin battles St. Croix Falls’ Kyle Bastin in a semifinal match at the St. Croix Falls invitational Saturday. Tobin pinned Bastin in 2 minutes, 29 seconds to reach the finals before placing second in his weight class. (Submitted photos)

Ten Raiders reached the semifinals in their respective weight classes and Sawyer Massie went on to win the 145-pound title to lead the Hudson wrestling team to a first place finish at the 17-team St. Croix Falls Invitational last Saturday, Jan. 25.

Hudson ran away with the team title, compiling a total of 215 points, while Amery took second with 171. Boyceville was third with 153 and Wisconsin Rapids finished fourth with 146.5 wile Princeton, Minn., was fifth with 145.5.

Seven of the 17 competing teams were ranked in their state, including Hudson, who has climbed to No. 10 in Wisconsin’s Division 1. Wisconsin Rapids is No. 12 in Division 1 and Amery is fifth in Division 2 while Boyceville is fifth in Division 3 and St. Croix Falls, Cameron and Princeton are all honorable mention.

“To have won by 44 points over that field is very impressive,” Raider coach Chris Hansen said. “At this point in the season no team is at full strength, and that includes us.”

The Raiders were without the services of senior Eliot Motu, their highest ranked individual, at 220 pounds. Freshman Isaac Schindler stepped in and wrestled to a fourth place finish in his varsity debut.

“I need depth on my team and it is great to insert a JV wrestler into a varsity competition and have them place fourth out of 17 teams,” Hansen said.

Massie went undefeated to win an individual title at 145 pounds, while Yuri Bronson at 132, Max Gierke at 195 and Mathias Tobin at 285, all reached the finals before finishing second.

“Sawyer Massie beat two-time state qualifier and current fifth-ranked Trevor Ackman (Spencer) in the semi-finals before beating Peyton Einerson of Wisconsin Rapids in the finals,” Hansen noted. “Yuri Bronson and Mathias Tobin each made the finals but ran into some stiff competition. Bronson dropped a 5-4 decision to fifth-ranked Tim Bialka of Princeton, while Tobin lost to third-ranked Cole LaLiberty of Chetek.”

Matt Koski took third at 120 pounds, Cal Johnson was third at 160 and Dylan Anderson placed third at 170, while Mitch Fanning (113) and Tim Feia (126) finished fourth.

Sophomore Drew Klabon wrestled to a fifth place finish at 106 pounds, beating a state-ranked wrestler in the consolation semifinals along the way.

“I really thought Drew Klabon won our biggest match today when he beat Mike Maresca of Cameron in overtime,” Hansen said. “Maresca entered Saturday with a 25-3 record to go along with his No. 6 ranking. This was Klabon’s first ‘signature’ win.”

C.J. Steiner added a fifth place finish at 138 pounds and Nic Johnson took fifth at 152  while rent Goplin rounded out the Raider scoring with a sixth place finish at 182.

Hansen said Motu should be back in the lineup when the Raiders travel to Eau Claire North for a Big Rivers Conference dual this Thursday, Jan. 30. Hudson’s final home dual of the season against River Falls has been postponed twice due to cold weather school closings. At press time no makeup date had been announced.

The Big Rivers Conference/Dunn-St. Croix Conference Challenge will be held Saturday, Feb. 8, beginning at 10 a.m. at River Falls High School.