Hulse was set to open up with a senior from Ankeny Centennial named Jace Williams (34-14). Williams jumped out to an early three to one lead after the first period. After a couple of stalling calls and a take down later, the match was tied four to four heading into the final minute of the third period. As time was running out, Hulse got a quick takedown for the win at the buzzer. The final score for the match was six to four, win by decision.
After a day’s rest and trying to make weight for the second day, Hulse was rejuvenated and out for blood. His first match of the day on Friday was against senior Jackson Gallagher (46-3) from Bettendorf. Hulse was very aggressive on offense, jumping out to a two to one lead at the end of the first period. But Gallagher wasn’t going to roll over for the sophomore, he then scored five unanswered points and at the end of the second period, the match was six to two. During the third period, Hulse tried to muster up a comeback but in the end the senior proved to be just too much for the sophomore. The final for that match was eight to three by way of decision.
After losing to Gallagher, Hulse fell to the constellation side of the bracket. He was ready to wrestle Dain Gansen (16-9), a senior from from Western Dubuque. Hulse dug himself a hole early, getting taken down twice in the first period. But Hulse wasn’t counted out, at the beginning of the second period he got a takedown making the score four to three. After a lot of time stoppage, Hulse fell to Gansen eight to three by way of decision.
Hulse closes out a great season with a record of 40-6. He was one win shy of tying the school record for single season wins. He will try to improve during the offseason and be back next year.