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Union wrestling in control on Senior Night
January 18, 2019

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Six seniors for Union wrestling hit the mat in La Porte City one final time on Senior Night on Thursday, Jan. 10 as they took down Hudson 56-19.

"I knew Hudson has some good kids, some out for this dual," coach Bart Mehlert said. "Their freshman stepped up, some with good records. Senior Night is a big deal because these six seniors put in their time with us. We'll miss these guys."

The Knights kicked off Senior Night with Rashawn Williams getting one last pin inside the Union gym at 195 lbs, pinning his opponent in less than a minute.

"When you look at Rashawn his freshman year, he didn't have the best record or, the best body build. Now, he's putting together some performances."

Senior Lane Albertsen kept the ball rolling with a pin at 220 lbs to give Union a 12-0 lead. Hannah Michael, who was recently ranked the number four girl wrestler by IA Wrestling, was given a forfeit at 106 lbs at the varsity level.

"Lane Albertsen took care of business this year and it shows on the mat," Mehlert said. "Hannah Michael works her butt of in the room. She'll get her turn here soon at a JV tournament and then the brand-new Girls State Championship at Waverly."

Kaleb Roach at 160 lbs fell by major decision 12-1 in his final home meet, but has been a familiar face in the weight room during his time at Union. Kodey Crawford did not compete in the meet after battle injury throughout the season.

"Kaleb has been here all four years and a big part of the program," Mehlert said. "He's a tough kid, fights for us all the time. Kodey Crawford isn't competing, but he's still helping us in the weight room."

Hunter Klima did not wrestle for Union all four years, but had quite the ovation for his final home dual as he pinned his opponent at 170 lbs to go out with a bang.

"Hunter wrestled two years and got that win tonight, which was a big deal and he'll remember that win, Mehlert said. "He had zero varsity wins last year, and now here he is with two straights pins, which says a lot about how he's improved."

While Union took the dual in dominant fashion, Mehlert hopes to see another level of improvement as the regular season draws near to a close.

"We still have some areas to work on, like bottom awareness as our focus in the near future," Mehlert said. "We had a little talk after our loss to New Hampton about pins, bonus points. Am I satisfied about this win and the season? No, but it was a good win."

The Knights competed at a tournament at Cascade on Saturday as the took first place as a team. Hunter Worthen, Lake LeBahn,Stone Schmitz, Jack Thomsen and Adam Ahrendsen each reached the top of the podium. Union next competed in their final duals of the season against AGWSR and Sumner-Fredericksburg at the latter on Thursday, January 17.

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