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Cudd comes back for third at state tourney

Wildcat junior Logan Cudd works over an opponent at the WIAA State Wrestling Championships last week at the Kohl Center in Madison. Cudd bounced back from a loss in the semifinals to take third at 119 pounds. Sean Scallon photo

Wildcat junior Logan Cudd recovered after losing to Pulaski's Justin Enderby in the semifinals to win his next two matches and take third place at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Championships in Madison Saturday.

Cudd dropped a 3-2 decision to Enderby but came back to defeat Jordan Bobier of Kaukana, 4-1, in the consolation round and Shawano's Jared Kust, 8-4, in the third place match.

Wildcat senior Cam Loomis defeated Joey Organ of Tomah, 8-1, in his 140-pound opening match before losing an 11-0 decision to Port Washington's Alex Dieringer in the quarterfinals. His tournament run came to an end with a 7-4 loss to Kegan Geenrich of Hortonville in the consolation round.

Sophomore Tyson Bystrom lost at 189 to Oak Creek's Kyle Wey, 15-4, in the opening round and to Green Bay Preble-East's Mark VandenAvond, 9-7, in his second match.

Cudd had to work hard to come back and claim third place after finishing sixth at state a year ago. He trailed Kust in the final period but said he knew he wasn't licked yet.

"I made up my mind before the match I wasn't going to lose," he said. "I pushed as hard as I could and forced him to make mistakes I took advantage of."

Coach Brady Cudd said Logan's conditioning proved decisive.

"Logan is in excellent shape," Brady said. "He's a very physical wrestler and that can wear opponents down and it did so in this case."

Cudd also trailed early in his opening round match against Kody Azarian of Waterford. He was down 4-1 in the first period but scored quickly in the second to take a 7-3 lead. Cudd scored two more takedowns in the third period for the win.

Cudd pitched a shut-out in his quarterfinal match, scoring early in each period and riding out Nate Hennes of Hartford through each period to win 6-0.

"Logan took a period and a half to get going but once he did he wrestled very well," Brady Cudd said. "He must have rode his opponent for about four and a half minutes of that match."

Trying as hard as he could, Logan Cudd was unable to get the winning takedown in his semifinal match against Enderby, losing 3-2.

Enderby took a 2-1 lead after the first period and rode Cudd out in the second. Cudd was able to get an escape in the third and made attempt after attempt to get the takedown that would hand Enderby his first lost, but he was unable to do so.

"He was in on the single leg and had the opportunity to get it," Brady Cudd said. "Despite the loss it was a good match and I'm proud of the way he wrestled."

Enderby went on to defeat Dominic Garcia of Kenosha Tremper in the championship match to finish the season 49-0. Cudd ended the year with a record of 42-3.

"Logan wrestled very smart and poised matches throughout the tournament," coach Joe Cudd said. "He fought back hard after his semifinal loss to reach a higher spot on the podium than where he was last year."

Joe Cudd also had high praise for Loomis, a senior whose only three losses this year came against the top three wrestlers in the state.

"It was great to see Cam make it to state this year, and that shows his level of determination and commitment to the sport," he said.

Joe Cudd said Bystrom, a sophomore, gained valuable experience in his first trip to the state tournament.

Pierce County Herald Sports Editor Sean Scallon contributed to this story.

Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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