by Michael Leonard | Sports Editor
Hudson -- 2013 could not have started better for the Hudson wrestling squad.
Following the Explorers' rout of Cuyahoga Falls Jan. 3, the team hosted the Hudson Duals Jan. 5.
Five matches later, Hudson could claim to be undefeated in the new year.
Hudson went 5-0 at the duals, beating Mogadore Field 54-15, Akron Kenmore 62-12, Nordonia 36-23, Shaker Heights 63-7 and Richfield Revere 35-34.
The Explorers improved to 8-4 in dual meets this season.
"We've had a productive [winter] break," said Hudson head coach Joe Caniglia. "Medina [The Medina Invitational Tournament] was good for us in that it showed what we needed to do. The guys were excited to take on Falls Thursday and they carried it into [Jan. 4].
"To win five matches with the teams that were here is pretty good," Caniglia said.
The Explorers had plenty of heroes in their lineup, but the Most Valuable Wrestler of the dual was freshman 126-pounder Chris Motter. Motter was one of was one of five Explorers to go 5-0 on the day, but Caniglia noted Motter took on some of the toughest competition.
Motter scored a technical fall, a major decision and three decisions on the day.
"Christopher has done some things to really step up over the last few weeks," Caniglia said. "He's only going to get better."
While his freshman phenom was stellar, it was Caniglia's senior heavyweight who was the hero in Hudson's closest match.
The Explorers trailed Revere 34-31 heading into the final match as Peter Mougey took on Revere's Carl Roman.
"We knew Peter had to get at least a major decision for us to win it," Caniglia said.
That's exactly what Mougey got.
Mougey put Roman on his back in the first period and got takedowns in the second and third period. Although Roman escaped in the third, Mougey claimed a 9-1 major decision, giving Hudson the win over the Minutemen.
"He wrestled a great match," Caniglia said. "He stayed aggressive and kept going to preserve that major decision."
Mougey also got a pin and three forfeits to finish 5-0 on the day.
The Explorers also got 5-0 performances from 132-pounder Nathan Gregory (three pins, decision and a forfeit), 160-pounder Michael Coleman (two pins, major decision, decision and a forfeit) and 195-pounder Zach Vehar (four pins and a forfeit).
Hudson is scheduled to return to Northeast Ohio Conference River Division action when it hosts Medina Jan. 10. First match is set for 7 p.m.