January 19, 2011 —
By Bill Mullaly
The big week for the Hudson High School wrestling team came to a close last Saturday with the 6th annual Super 16 Invitational held at Hudson. The Tigers did very well with two individual champions and several others that won medals. The Tigers also won two LCAA dual meets last week to get off to a great start in league competition.
The boys basketball team suffered a loss in its lone action last week and the girls basketball team suffered the same fate. Here is a look at how the teams did over the past week as the winter sports at Hudson High School are in full swing. The weather outside might be cold but the action on the inside is hot and heavy with lots going on.
Of special note this Friday night is winter homecoming with both wrestling and basketball action and the crowning of the winter sports season king and queen at halftime of the boys basketball game against LCAA rival Blissfield.
Wrestlers show dominance
There were 16 schools at the sixth annual Hudson Super 16 and the top team there was the Tigers. Hudson won the team championship winning easily with 169 points compared to Napoleon in second with 117 points. Manchester was third with 111. Winning individual crowns were two Tigers as junior 145-pounder Joel Varney won it all. Varney, who is now 30-7 on the season, started with a pin in 13 seconds, then got a pin in 40 seconds and then took a major decision. Then in the final he got a pin in 5:41. His final win was over a LCAA foe from Erie Mason. Varney also picked up with 100th career win last week.
The other Tiger champion was freshman 112-pound phenom Cole Weaver who improved to 34-3 on the season. He began the day with a pin in 34 seconds and next took a major decision. He followed that with a technical fall and in the final he won with a 14-1 major decision over a rival from Dansville. Those were the two Tigers who won it all but others were close. To win a wrestler had to gain four straight victories against some of the best competition in this part of the state.
Junior Devan Marry was the lone Tiger runner-up as he placed second losing to his nemesis from Napoleon. Marry began the day with a pin in 50 seconds and that win gave him 150 already in his celebrated career at Hudson that has watched him win two individual state crowns in his first two years. Marry then got a pin in 53 seconds and added a major decision by a 14-1 score. This put him in the final at 145 pounds where he lost to Lelund Weatherspoon of Napoleon. The score was 5-3 and this was the second time Marry has faced this foe and lost to him this season. It is an almost certain bet that these two rivals could meet a couple of more times and in the state final that would be the most antiicipated meeting.
Several Tigers placed third in the meet with those being Isaac Dusseau at 103, Tyler Mattison at 119, Matthew Smith at 215 pounds and Zach Rieger at heavyweight. Taking fourth were Dakota Kelley at 130 and Cody Walden at 171 pounds. In fifth for the Tigers were Camden McCaskey at 135, Lucas Sparapani at 140 and James Herron at 160 pounds. The final Tiger to place was Grant Benschoter at 189 pounds taking sixth.
Also, competing were James Williams and JD Waters but they didn’t place.
For the season here are the wrestlers individual records. Marry is 35-2, Dusseau 30-6, Mattison 31-6, Smith 34-1 as that was his first loss of the season coming in the Super 16. Rieger is now 34-2, Kelley 27-5, Walden 10-6, McCaskey 30-8, Sparapani 13-3, Herron 28-10, Benschoter 23-6, Williams 10-4 and Waters 17-11.
The Tigers were also in action on Wednesday of last week beating a pair of league foes as Erie Mason went down 75-3 and Blissfield fell 74-3. Winning twice for Hudson by pins were Kelley and Herron. Others winning twice were Dusseua with a void and pin, Weaver by void and pin, Mattison by a pin and void, Waters with two voids, McCaskey with a void and technical fall, Marry a void and pin, Varney with a decision and pin, Benschoter with a void and pin, Smith with a void and pin and Rieger with a void and a decision.
The Tigers would have shutout the Eagles but they won a 5-4 decision and the Tigers almost blanked the Royals but they won one bout by a decision. Hudson has lost just two matches this season as they continue to be ranked number one in the state in Division 4 and the Tigers are sixth in the state in the top 15 with all divisions included. Up next is a quad meet at Ida last (Wednesday) night and then on Friday the Tigers will host Richmond the number two ranked team in the state in Division 3 just behind Dundee. The Richmond match is set for 5:30 and this is a unique Friday night home meet for the wrestlers on what is also homecoming night for the winter sports season. Then on Saturday the Tigers head to the team meet at Lakeshore. The big Dundee match for the LCAA regular season crown will be next Wednesday at Dundee.
Tigers fall on hardwood
Hudson saw its chance for a win fail as the Royals of Jackson Christian got the win 68-54 in boys basketball play. JC led 17-11 after the first quarter but by halftime the Tigers were down just two points 25-23 and looking good. The third quarter stayed tight as Hudson was right there trailing by just four points after a 20-18 Royal edge in period three. It was 45-41 with one quarter to go. A big 23-point fourth quarter propelled the Royals to the win. Justin Sumber led Hudson with 17 points, while Anthonie Blair was next with just seven points as Sumbur was the lone Tiger in double digits. Nathan Wilkerson had a pair of threes for six points, while both Burke Hart and Drew Milligan had six points also. Two sophomores Adam Laughlin and Justin Boies both scored four points. Nathaniel Osborne and Jacob Enerson both added two points. Blair led with nine rebounds and Sumbur added six boards. Hudson slips to 2-6 overall and they are just 0-1 in the LCAA. Up next is a game with Erie Mason two nights ago and then the big winter homecoming game is this Friday with Blissfield with a 7:00 tipoff. Then on Monday it will be Addison coming to town for non-league action.
Girls drop hoop contest
The Lady Tigers had one game snowed out last Tuesday againt Erie Mason but did have a game on Friday at Blissfield and they went down to defeat 44-24. Blissfield started fast and went ahead 19-7 after one quarter as the Lady Tigers had trouble scoring all game long. It was soon 28-13 at halftime. A poor shooting third quarter saw Hudson add just one point but great Tiger defense held Blissfield to just two points. The score was 30-14 heading to the last quarter. The Royals outscored Hudson 14-10 over the last eight minutes for the final scoring. Katie Benschoter scored seven points and Sarah Luma six to lead Hudson. Courtney Walter added five and Sam Merillat three. McKenzie Reilly had two and Ashley Schneider one. Luma had seven rebounds and Benschoter, Ashley Monahan and Merillat all had five boards. Monahan and Walter had three steals. Hudson is now 2-5 overall and 0-2 in the LCAA. Up next was a game at Adrian-Madison on this past Monday night. Then tonight (Thursday) the team is at Ida. On this coming Tuesday they host Dundee.