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Wrestlers fall at Hudson

Wildcat senior Cam Loomis, right, works to control Hudson's Phil Bates in the 145 pound bout of a Big Rivers Conference dual between the Wildcats and Raiders Thursday in Hudson. Loomis earned an 8-4 decision but the Raiders defeated the Wildcats 39-16. Bob Burrows photo

The Wildcat wrestling team won three of the four matches between 171 and 285 pounds Thursday night, but it wasn't enough as Hudson remained undefeated in Big Rivers Conference competition with a 39-16 victory.

The 16 points scored by River Falls were the most of any team against Hudson this season. The Raiders improved to 3-0 in conference duals while the Cats fell to 1-2 in the BRC, 5-2 overall.

Next up for the Wildcats will be the 25th annual Northern Badger Wrestling Classic on Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 29-30. Action gets underway with wrestlers from 39 teams at 9 a.m. both days at the high school gym. River Falls will look to improve on its third place finish a year ago.

This year marks the sixth straight year River Falls High School will host the Northern Badger. Previously the event was held at Johnson Fieldhouse at UW-Stout and UW-River Falls' Knowles Center.

Last Thursday at Hudson, Logan Cudd won a major decision over Austin Koski in the second bout of the night at 130 pounds to pull the Cats to within two of the Raiders, 6-4. Hudson won the next two weight classes with a forfeit and major decision before Cam Loomis posted an 8-4 decision over Phil Bates at 145 to make the score 16-7.

Hudson increased its lead to 25-7 with wins at 152 and 160 before Josh Kinneman started a mini River Falls run with a 3-2 decision over Derek Schindler at 171.

After Tyson Bystrom lost a hard-fought 10-8 decision to the Raiders' Art Vinzant at 189 pounds, Matt Linehan pulled out a 5-1 decision over Nathan Eby in overtime at 215 and Nick Johnson defeated Clayton Truhler, 7-2, at 285 to make the score 28-16 in favor of the Raiders with three matches remaining.

But that's as close as the Cats would get as Hudson won the final three matches with a decision and two major decisions to post the 39-16 win.