HUDSON, Wis.-- Hudson wrestling coach Chris Hansen said he was encouraged by the fact the Raiders moved up six spots from their Bi-State Wrestling Classic finish a year ago while scoring 34 more team points. And he said there’s still room for improvement.
The Raiders jumped from 14th a year ago at the prestigious 70-team holiday event to eighth this season with 185.5 points.
“I am very pleased with that,” Hansen said. “Thirty-four is a lot of points and I think it could have been even more so, while I love the improvement, I am also encouraged by the fact that there is still room to grow.”
Five Raiders placed in the top 12 individually, led by junior Peter Hansen’s fourth place finish at 160 pounds, which included an 8-2 victory over top-ranked Devin Dennee of Stratford in the consolation quarterfinals. Hansen’s younger brother Jacob followed suit with an impressive fifth place finish at 170 pounds.
“For Jacob to place fifth at 170 pounds as a sophomore, in a weight dominated by seniors, was quite an accomplishment,” Coach Hansen said.
Senior Leo Draveling accomplished a rare feat when he became a four-time Bi-State place winner with a sixth place finish at 152 pounds.
“I am not sure on the number, but I know you can count on one hand former Hudson wrestlers who have ever placed four times at this event,” Hansen said. “I am very proud of him for that accomplishment.”
Junior Hank Gierke contributed an eighth place finish at 182 pounds while senior Jacob Fanning placed 12th at 120 pounds.
All 14 Raider wrestlers won at least one match at the prestigious tournament, including junior Elliott Johnson getting his first varsity win at 132 pounds.
Hansen said another Raider who is flying under the radar is freshman Ryan Rambo, who went 3-2 to score 11 team points at 220 pounds.
“That is no small feat for such a young kid at such a heavy weight,” Hansen said. “He is really doing a great job for us.”
Post 2-1 record at Hastings Quad
The Raiders wasted no time getting in their first matches of the New Year by going 2-1 at the Hastings Quad Thursday, Jan. 2.
The highlight of the night was a 46-27 victory over host Hastings, the No. 11 ranked team in Minnesota.
“This is just the second time in history that Hudson and Hastings have dualed, the last being in 1999,” Hansen noted. “It would be great to keep them on the schedule as they are a top-10 program year in and year out.”
The Raiders also defeated East Ridge 78-5 while losing to 15th-ranked Tri-City United. Fanning, Draveling, Gierke, Matt Feia, Peter Hansen and Jacob Hansen all went 3-0 on the night.
Coach Hansen said the quick turnaround after the holiday break might have had a negative effect on the young Raiders, who have just three seniors in their starting lineup.
“Although we had some good matches and some good moments, it just wasn't our best night,” he said. “I think being Jan. 2 and the very first day back from break had a negative effect on us. I think an older team would have handled that better. Our loss to Tri-City United was a perfect example. We did the big things right, they did the small things right. Doing the small things right is much more important and they got the win because of it.”
After a Big Rivers Conference dual at Eau Claire North Thursday, Jan. 9, the Raiders will see second-ranked Stillwater, No. 3 St. Michael-Albertville and No. 9 Coon Rapids at the Stillwater Pony Stampede Saturday, Jan. 11.