by Michael Leonard | Sports Editor
The Hudson wrestling team's solid start to 2013 continued last week.
The host Explorers earned a dominant 49-22 win over Northeast Ohio Conference River Division Medina Jan. 10 at Ray "Buck" Hyser Gymnasium.
On Jan. 12, Hudson finished second at the Len Pariano Tournament at Midpark High School in Middleburg Heights.
The Explorers finished with 145 points, one point better than the host Meteors. Stow-Munroe Falls won the 15-team tournament with 203.5 points.
Hudson head coach Joe Caniglia said his team followed the game plan against the Bees.
"We won nine of 14 with five pins," he said. "We stayed aggressive and it paid off. It was good to get to 2-1 in the NOC."
The win improved Hudson to 9-4 in dual meets and 2-1 in the Northeast Ohio Conference River Division.
Medina had the edge in the lower weights as only 120-pounder Billy Buehl (3-0 decision) and 132-pounder Nate Gregory (pin in 36 seconds) earned wins.
Once the match reached 152 pounds, however, it was all Explorers.
Sam Semenzcuk started the run with pin in 1:30, followed by a forfeit win by 160-pounder Zach Lewis.
Junior Michael Coleman then moved up to 170 and scored a pin in 3:10, followed by a 19-6 major decision by 182-pounder Danny Tiley.
At 195 pounds, Zach Vehar scored a forfeit win, while pins from 220-pounder Matt Slater (2:48) and heavyweight Peter Mougey (5:59) completed the win.
Hudson wrestled well at the Pariano Tournament, but familiar issues resurfaced. The Explorers had four wrestlers reach the championship match, but all four lost.
Caniglia chose to rest some of his starters at the Pariano, but some of Hudson's young guns performed very well.
Freshman Ben Boysel made it to the final at 120 pounds before being pinned in the title match by Rocky River's Brad Sprau in 5:36.
"He made the finals with two pins," Caniglia said. "He was winning 3-0 and made a mistake and got caught. He is really coming along."
At 126 pounds, freshman Chris Motter's excellent season continued with a second-place finish. Motter lost a 14-3 decision to Lewis Roginsky of Brooklyn in the final.
"He avenged a loss from earlier in the year and is gaining confidence every time out," Caniglia said.
The Explorers' 145-pounder, Braden Wright, also reached the finals before being pinned by Brookside's Ian Standen in the championship.
"He wrestled well to get into the championship," Caniglia said. "He is developing a nice series of takedowns on his feet, which will really help him in the coming weeks."
Hudson's last finalist was Slater at 220 pounds. He was pinned in 2:58 by Midpark's John Hoffman in the final.
"Matt gave an outstanding effort to place reach the finals," Caniglia said. "He is getting better and better every time out. He is going to be a great one."
The Explorers also got third-place finishes from 170-pounder Michael Delsanter and 195-pounder Gabe Vehar as well as a fifth-place finish from 106-pounder Hadley Vadyak.
Caniglia said he was pleased with the second-place finish.
"Much of that was due to the number of bonus points we earned for major decisions and pins," Caniglia said. "The kids are believing in themselves and it is showing right now. I was really pleased with the number of placers, especially given the number of freshmen and sophomores we took. They are working hard in practice and it is paying off."
Hudson is scheduled to visit Stow in a River Division showdown Jan. 17. The action is set to begin at 7 p.m.