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Raider wrestlers claim fourth straight regional

Hudson senior Mitchell Anderson gets hold of the leg of River Falls' Leonard Robinson on his way to earning a 17-2 technical fall in a second round match at 132 pounds at the WIAA Division 1 regional wrestling tournament in New Richmond Saturday, Feb. 10. Anderson was one of three individual champions for Hudson to help the Raiders to the regional team championship. Submitted photos

The Raider wrestling team is making a habit out of reaching the team sectional.

Hudson won its fourth straight team regional title Saturday, Feb. 10, in New Richmond to qualify for the team sectional for the 11th time in the last 14 years. The fifth-ranked Raiders faced No. 7 Marshfield Tuesday, Feb. 13, in Marshfield for a berth in the state team tournament March 2-3 in Madison. Hudson will be trying for its fourth straight team sectional title.

The Raiders claimed the regional championship with a total of 228.5 points, edging Big Rivers Conference rival River Falls by 13.5 points. Hudson coach Chris Hansen noted that Marshfield had an equally close race with Wisconsin Rapids in its regional, and expects the team sectional to be another nailbiter.

"There is great parity in the sectional this year," he said. "We had a tight team race with River Falls while Marshfield was equally as tight with Wisconsin Rapids. I think it will certainly come down to a single match as to which team represents in Madison at team state."

Hansen said he was particularly proud of the team's seniors for helping the Raiders win their fourth straight regional title.

"That means our seniors have always been champs and have always wrestled in the Tuesday night dual to determine team state," he noted.

Hudson advanced 12 of its 14 wrestlers to this Saturday's individual sectional tournament at Wausau West High School, including regional champions Leo Draveling at 106 pounds, Mitchell Anderson at 132 and Jacob Anderson at 160. Draveling and Jacob Anderson pinned their way through the tournament while Mitchell Anderson had a bye, a technical fall and a pin.

For Jacob Anderson, it was his fourth straight regional title, joining just Tanner Owens (2012) and Sawyer Massie (2016) with that distinction at Hudson. Matthew Feia (113), Isaac Hatch (120), Vincent Fanning (138) and Cole Godbout (285) all placed second in their respective weight classes with Hatch knocking off the No. 1 seed in his semifinal match. Peter Hansen (145) and Cody Cicha (170) placed third while Bryce Hunsberger (126), Zeke Schwarz (182) and Alonzo Madsen (195) finished fourth.

Hunsberger was called up from the JV team for the regional and won three matches to qualify for the sectional.

The top two finishers in each weight class at this Saturday's sectional will qualify for the WIAA Individual State Championships Feb. 22-24, at the Kohl Center in Madison.

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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