Hudson wrestling team handles Medina

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Staff REPORT

The Hudson wrestling team improved to 11-2 overall and 3-1 in the Northeast Ohio Conference River Division with 45-23 win at Medina Jan. 16.

The Explorers won eight of the 14 individual bouts.

Nicci Polifrone got things started with a 4-2 victory at 106 pounds.

"Nicci scored a reversal with a few seconds left to take the lead and stayed on top for the win," said Hudson head coach Joe Caniglia.

Caniglia was very happy with Ben Boysel, who just missed earning a technical fall (18-4) over Alex Defraine at 126 pounds.

"Ben Boysel scored 18 points against a kid that placed at [the Medina Invitational Tournament,]" Caniglia said. "He scored three takedowns and three sets of back points. That was a pretty dominating performance over a good opponent."

At 132 pounds, Chris Motter scored seven takedowns on his way to a 16-8 win over Mark Antonelli.

Billy Buehl picked up the Explorers first pin in 1 minute, 23 seconds.

After dropping two straight matches, Michael Coleman got the Explorers back on track, pinning his man in just 23 seconds at 160 pounds.

Medina tied the match at 23-23 heading into the 182-pound match, but it was all Hudson from there.

At 182 pounds, Ben Krizman scored four takedowns en route to a 12-3 win over Medina's Austin Peak.

"His match management is really improving," Caniglia said. "He is maintaining position to stay in control of the match where he used to just rely on brute strength."

Michael Delsanter pinned Medina's Michael Urban at 195 pounds.

The Explorers then iced the match when Danny Baka (220) and heavyweight Dylan Carlson each earned forfeit wins.

Up next for Hudson is the Division I state dual meet tournament, which is set to begin Jan. 22 at Nordonia High School in Macedonia.

The Explorers are scheduled to face Green in their opening-round match at 6:30 p.m. If victorious, Hudson is set to face the winner of the Nordonia-Twinsburg match immediately following the first match.

The Explorers are scheduled to conclude their River Division schedule with a home date against Stow-Munroe Falls Jan. 24. The competition is set to begin at 7 p.m.

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