It's been 19 years since the Raider wrestling team lost to Eau Claire Memorial, and that streak continued last Thursday, Jan. 24, in Eau Claire, as the Raiders defeated the Old Abes 52-18 in their final Big Rivers Conference dual of the season.
The victory left Hudson with a final BRC record of 5-1 and guaranteed no worse than a second-place finish.
"I am very pleased with wrapping up second place in the conference with this young team," said head coach Chris Hansen. "We will just keep getting better and a year from now I think we can compete at a much higher level across the state."
Ben Steltzner, Matthew Feia, Bryce Hunsberger and Leo Draveling all posted pins Thursday night and Peter Hansen and Jacob Fanning earned technical falls while Joey Sullivan and Hank Gierke picked up decisions. Hudson received forfeits at 138 and 152 pounds.
Saturday, the Raiders traveled to Wisconsin Rapids for a triangular with Wisconsin Rapids and Middleton and came away with a 50-18 loss to the home team and a 36-35 loss to Middleton.
Wisconsin Rapids is ranked No. 8 in the state and Hudson and Middleton have both been in and out of the Honorable Mention rankings so Hansen said it was a great test for his team.
Steltzner and Logan Hatch each earned pins against Wisconsin Rapids while Hansen and Feia picked up decisions. Sullivan, Hansen, Gierke and Feia all won by fall in the Middleton dual and Hatch and AJ Henn took major decisions while Skyler Weinzirl earned a decision.
"We had Leo Draveling weighed in and available but I decided not to use him," Hansen said about the 11th-ranked junior. "Those are tough coaching decisions but I need him healthy more than I need to beat Middleton."
Hudson has two other ranked wrestlers-- sophomore Peter Hansen, who has a team-best record of 31-4, is ranked No. 4 while senior Hatch is No. 10.
"These three guys are having tremendous seasons and their state ranking is a great honor," Coach Hansen said.
The Raiders will wrap up the regular season with a nonconference dual at East Ridge Thursday, Jan. 31, before the WIAA Regional Saturday, Feb. 9, at Chippewa Falls.