MADISON - Hudson High School wrestler Matt Koski will wrestle in the Division 1 semifinals of the 72nd WIAA State Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center.
Koski won his 132 -pound quarterfinal match 3-2 over Stoughton's Garrett Model at 132 pounds. Koski went ahead 3-0 in the second period after a takedown. Model, 43-14 overall, scored an escape in the second period and another one in the third period to come within a point at 3-2 but couldn't get the takedown he needed to win.
Koski improves to 41-10 overall. He'll face Kaukauna's Tres Leon, 46-3 in the semis tonight starting at 7 p.m. Leon pinned both his opponents to make the semis.
Koski won his first match by another close score, 2-1, over Kettle Moraine's Michael Hayes. Koski's winning takedown came with :10 seconds to go in the match off a grandby roll.
Unfortunately for Hudson, Koski was its only wrestler to advance to the semifinals. Four other Raider wrestlers were beaten in the quarterfinal round.
Jacob Anderson scored a takedown off a throw with :25 seconds left in his 113-pound match against Oshkosh North's Brandon Green, 43-4. Anderson was down 6-5 and was going for the pinfall but was unable to get either the pin or back points and lost 6-5. Yuri Bronson lost 13-4 to Burlington's top-ranked Ben Hornickle, 52-1, by a 13-4 major decision. Sawyer Massie lost 9-0 to unbeaten Jordan Gundrum, 50-0 of West Bend East at 160 and Max Gierke lost 11-1 to Cole Ryan, 29-5, of Union Grove at 220.
Hudson had a great first round, advancing six of their eight wrestlers at state. A beautifully executed grandby roll by Anderson helped him pin Reedsburg's Mason McMillen in 3:50 despite being down 5-1 at the time. Bronson edged Rudy Otters of Hartland Arrowhead 4-3. Massie won 12-4 over Connor Williams of La Crosse Central, breaking open the match with five-point throw and nearfall in the third period, and Gierke scored a quick :45 second pinfall of Milwaukee Pius XI's Keshawn Carr.
Hudson's only two losses in the first round came to Dylan Anderson, losing to one of the best wrestlers in the nation in Hartford's Beau Breske by a 13-4 major decision at 170, and Isac Schindler at 285, being pinned by Franklin's Gavin Devine in 1:17. Devin lost his quarterfinal match so Schindler has been eliminated from the tournament.
Those Hudson wrestlers still active in consolation round will start wrestling this morning at 10 a.m. Anderson, 37-11 overall, takes on Hortonville's Jacob Burnett, 29-10; Bronson, 33-14, squares off against Isaac Lodise, 41-10, of Pewaukee; Massie, 44-4, takes on Richy Sommers, 33-7, of Green Bay West/Southwest; Anderson, 36-5, wrestles Middleton's Taggart Haase, 49-6, and Gierke, 39-5, goes against Robert Torres, 25-7, of West Allis Central. Consolation round matches will go on throughout the day.