Hudson senior Logan Hatch earned some revenge against Ian Laatsch of Appleton North in the 138-pound third place match at the WIAA Individual State Wrestling Tournament Saturday, Feb. 23, in Madison.
Hatch’s only loss of the tournament came by an 11-7 decision to Laatsch in Thursday’s quarterfinals, and after winning his next three matches Hatch found himself facing Laatsch again for third place. This time it was Hatch who came out on top by a 9-5 decision to earn his first state medal.
Hatch was making his first state tournament appearance after suffering a season-ending back injury as a sophomore and losing his junior season to a broken leg.
Hatch pinned Cole Ramos (36-6) of Kenosha Bradford in 3 minutes, 44 seconds in his opening round match Thursday before losing to Laatsch later in the day in the quarterfinals. He pinned Chad Holzmen of Hamilton in 46 seconds in his first consolation match Friday before earning an injury default in 3 minutes, 37 seconds against Parker Bevilacqua of Muskego.
Hatch started Saturday with a 10-5 decision over Jack Ganos to earn a rematch with Laatsch in the third place match. Laatsch had lost to eventual state runner-up Daniel Stilling of Elkhorn Area in the semifinals before Hatch handed him just his third loss of the season in the third place match.
Hatch finished his senior season with a record of 41-7.