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Anderson makes history

Hudson's Jacob Anderson battles Peyton Mocco of West Allis Nathan Hale in a Division 1 quarterfinal match at 160 pounds at the WIAA Individual State Wrestling Tournament Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Kohl Center in Madison. Anderson went on to place fifth in his weight class for the second straight year. Photos courtesy of Lisa Flanary 1 / 3
Hudson's Mitchell Anderson takes on Burlington's Zach Weiler in a first round match at 132 pounds at the at the WIAA Individual State Wrestling Tournament Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Kohl Center in Madison. 2 / 3
Hudson's Leo Draveling gets tangled up with Port Washington's Blake Peiffer in a first round match at 106 pounds at the WIAA Individual State Wrestling Tournament Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Kohl Center in Madison. 3 / 3

Senior Jacob Anderson became Hudson's first three-time state place-winner with his third straight fifth place finish at the WIAA Individual State Wrestling Tournament Feb. 22-24, in Madison.

Anderson fought back from a loss to eventual state champion Peyton Mocco in the 160-pound quarterfinals and another to third place finisher Reed Williams of Holmen in the consolation semifinals to pin Frank Garcia of Kenosha Tremper in 2 minutes, 59 seconds to claim fifth place. He was fifth at 152 pounds at the 2017 state tournament and fifth at 138 pounds in 2016.

Anderson opened the tournament by pinning Devin Keast of Oregon in 1:27 before losing a major decision to Mocco in the quarterfinals. He bounced back to beat David Oyler of Neenah by technical fall and Ben Statz of Waunakee by major decision before dropping a 6-5 decision to Williams and pinning Garcia to finish his senior season with a record of 45-4.

"He is also one of just two four-time state qualifiers and he finished his career with 173 wins, by far the most in Hudson history," Raider coach Chris Hansen noted. "His brother Mitchell is a three-time state qualifier, so together the Anderson twins made seven trips to state."

Mitchell Anderson lost his opening round match at 132 pounds by a 5-2 decision to Zach Weiler of Burlington in his third and final state tournament appearance.

In an unfortunate event, returning state runner-up Cole Godbout lost his first round 285-pound match by injury default to Waunakee's Alan Olkowski.

"Since his opponent lost the next match, Cole was eliminated," Hanson pointed out.

Sophomore 106-pounder Leo Draveling made his first state tournament appearance and lost his first round match to to Blake Peiffer of Port Washington.

"Leo Draveling is just a sophomore so it was a great experience to build on," Hanson said. "I know Leo plans to get back to state next season to improve his result."

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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