The Hudson wrestling team finished third at the six-team Briggs Tournament Dec. 7 at Copley High School.
The Explorers posted a 3-2 mark with wins over Maple Heights (41-35), Norwalk (36-34) and Copley (43-24). Hudson lost to Carrollton (42-25) and Brunswick (53-18).
Brunswick won the competition with a 5-0 record and Carrollton (4-1) placed second.
"I thought we had a good effort for the first time out," Explorers head coach Joe Caniglia said. "We need to improve our aggressiveness and situational wrestling. Even though we have some younger kids in the lineup, they have had lots of mat time and you can see a difference."
Ben Krizman was named Hudson's Most Valuable Wrestler. He finished 5-0 at 182 pounds with three pins (48 seconds, 1:18 and 37 seconds) and two wins by decision (6-5 and 9-3).
"Ben was dominant on his feet," Caniglia said. "He wrestled with a lot of confidence and is capable of doing some big things this year."
Chris Motter also went 5-0 at 138 pounds for the Explorers. He earned a pin in 1:08 and a major decision (20-5). He also won two decisions (8-6 and 10-8) and got one victory by forfeit.
"Chris battled with good intensity and improved his focus from last year," Caniglia said. "He scored from all three positions."
Nathan Szoch (9-1, 10-2, 3:31 and 7-6) and Matt Slater (two pins by 45 seconds, 5:17 and forfeit) finished 4-1 for Hudson at 132 and 220 pounds, respectively.
"Nathan executed some good technique on his feet and was solid from the top position," Caniglia said.
Earning three wins the Explorers were Ben Boysel (7-3, 3:05 and forfeit) at 126 and Billy Buehl (1:18, 6-0 and 1:17) at 145.
Hudson got two wins apiece from Christian Owsley (10-2 and forfeit) at 113, Sandor Chunyo (1:48 and 5:24) at 170, Joe Delsanter (45 seconds and 13-4) at 195 and Dylan Carlson (1:14 and 39 seconds) at 285.
Nicci Polifrone (7-0 at 106) and Collin Hall (9-1 at 152) won one match apiece for the Explorers.
Hudson is scheduled to compete at the Riverside Rumble Dec. 13 (4:30 p.m.) and 14 (10 a.m.) at Riverside High School in Painesville.