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Raiders pass early BRC test

Hudson heavyweight Cole Godbout pins River Falls' Tyler Kliszcz in 14 seconds in the Raider wrestling team's season opener against the Wildcats Thursday, Nov. 30, in Hudson. Photos courtesy of Lisa Flannery 1 / 2
Hudson's Peter Hansen flips over River Falls' Logan Schretenthaler before pinning him in 2 minutes, 42 seconds in the 132 pound bout in the Raider wrestling team's season opener against the Wildcats Thursday, Nov. 30, in Hudson. 2 / 2

The Hudson wrestling team drew River Falls right off the bat in its season opener Thursday, Nov. 30, and the Raiders made an early claim for another Big Rivers Conference title with a 46-33 win.

Freshman Peter Hansen earned his first varsity win in the penultimate match of the night at 132 pounds, pinning River Falls' Logan Schretenthaler to put Hudson up by seven and seal the win.

Hudson coach Chris Hansen said beating River Falls was big for the Raiders.

"I think most people believe we are the two best teams in the league and it is unfortunate we had to see them first, but getting that win already puts us certainly in the driver's seat to win another Big Rivers title," he said.

Hansen said the dual played out as expected with no real upsets on either side. Logan Hatch started the night with a pin at 145 pounds and Jacob Anderson and Cody Cicha earned pins at 160 and 170 pounds.

River Falls picked up 15 points from the 182 to 220 bouts but senior Cole Godbout stopped the bleeding with a pin in 14 seconds in the heavyweight match.

Jacob Fanning earned a pin at 106 and Leo Draveling took a major decision at 113 before River Falls pulled to within one point with pins at 120 and 126 pounds before Peter Hansen got the deciding pin at 132 and Mitchell Anderson earned a pin at 138 to make the final 46-33.

Hansen said the one toss-up match of the night at 182 pounds went in River Falls' favor when Wildcat Glen Pendleton earned a 6-4 overtime win over Zeke Schwarz.

"The best match of the night also went to River Falls," he said. "Caleb Hatch had their best wrestler tied 2-2 in the final period but was not able to hold him off, ultimately getting pinned."

Two days later the Raiders claimed the team title at the 10-team Lakeville North Panther Invitational. Draveling, Peter Hansen and Jacob Anderson won individual titles while Fanning, Mitchell Anderson and Godbout finished second.

"In all, 13 of our 14 guys placed in the top six, so I was encouraged by that," Hansen said.

The Raiders will visit Eau Claire North for a BRC dual Thursday, Dec. 7 before competing at the Marty Loy Invitational in Fond du Lac Saturday, Dec. 16.

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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