Raider wrestlers second at Marty Loy
Jacob Anderson won an individual title at 160 pounds and heavyweight Cole Godbout was second as the Raider wrestling team finished second at the 24-team Marty Loy Wrestling Classic in Fond du Lac Saturday, Dec. 16.
Burlington won the team title with 253 points and Hudson was second with 210.5 while Freedom finished third with 158.
Raider coach Chris Hansen said placing second at a prestigious event like the Marty Loy Classic is a tremendous accomplishment.
"We are ranked No. 6 in the state and the only team to beat us was Burlington, who is No. 4 in the state," he noted. "In all eight of the 24 teams are ranked across the three divisions so the competition is fierce. There is a reason we travel that far."
Hansen said the Raiders had a lot of big wins on the day but that Anderson's 5-2 decision over Freedom's Evan Vosters was the most exciting. Vosters entered the match as the top-ranked wrestler in Division 2 while Anderson was ranked fourth in Division 1.
"The match lived up to its billing," Hansen said. "It was very exciting as you didn't know who held the advantage until the very end."
Anderson reached the title match with a pair of pins in under two minutes in the first round and semifinals and an 18-5 major decision in the quarterfinals.
Godbout received a bye in the first round at 285 pounds before pinning Gabe Mabin of Lodi in 5:40 in the quarterfinals. He took care of Tanner Wigand of Manitowoc Lincoln in 49 seconds in the semifinals before losing a 9-5 decision to Josh Frerk of Denmark in the finals.
Leo Draveling and Logan Hatch contributed third place finishes at 113 and 145 pounds, respectively, while Jacob Fanning at 106, Mitchell Anderson at 138, and Cody Cicha at 170, all placed fourth.
After a loss in the third round, Caleb Hatch came back to win three straight matches to claim fifth place at 152 pounds while Peter Hansen placed eighth at 132 and Matthew Feia was eighth at 120.
After a dual meet at Mahtomedi Thursday, Dec. 21, the Raiders will compete in the two-day Bi-State Classic in La Crosse Friday and Saturday, Dec. 29-30.