January 26, 2011
By Bill Mullaly
The Hudson Tigers had quite a Friday night for its winter homecoming festivities. A huge crowd was on hand to witness both the thrilling wrestling match and then for the boy’s varsity basketball game against Blissfield. The Tiger grapplers pulled off a stunning comeback win against state powerhouse Richmond winning 27-24 in exciting fashion. The hoopsters did fall to both the Royals and at Erie Mason on the hardwood and the girl’s basketball team played a pair of games last week and fell both to Adrian-Madison and to Ida. The girl’s competitive cheerleading squad had a very good showing at home winning another LCAA competition and in the process taking first place in the LCAA. Here is a look at how the teams did during another cold week of Janaury. The weather might be a bit cold outside but the action is hot and heavy in the gymnasium.
Wrestlers keep winning
Hudson beat the number two ranked Division 3 Richmond Blue Devils by three points on the home mat in front of a good crowd on Friday night before the basketball game. Here is a blow-by-blow account of how the Tigers won this huge match and how they came back for the win. The meet began at 103 pounds with Isaac Dusseau falling 4-0. Then at 112 it was Cole Weaver going down 8-7 and when Tyler Mattison lost at 119 pounds 3-0 the Tigers were in a hole down 9-0. Then the losing ways continued as Dakota Kelley at 125 dropped his match 5-0 and the Tigers were in serious trouble trailing 12-0. In wrestling there are 14 matches and there is no clock to let a team stall. In the fifth match the Tigers got a win from senior standout 130-pounder Camden McCaskey as he took an 11-9 triumph to get the Tigers on the board and to give them some momentum. Then Lucas Sparapani at 135 won a hard-fought 5-4 decision to cut the deficit suddenly in half at 12-6. Alex Messer suffered a fall at 140 as Hudson was down now 18-6. Always-tough Joel Varney fell at 145 by a 7-5 score and it was now 21-6 Blue Devils with six bouts left. Junior sensation Devan Marry won with a pin at 152 in just 1:25 to cut deficit to 21-12 with the numbers reversed but not in Hudson’s favor. James Herron at 160 lost 9-5 and it was looking gloomy for the Tigers deeply in trouble down 24-12. Junior Cody Walden pull off a huge 3-0 win at 170 and then senior standout Grant Benschoter won a rough and tumble bout at 189 with a 6-4 triumph. Hudson was now down 24-18. Senior superstar Matthew Smith did what needed to be done as he won his match with a pin in 3:02 to knot the score at 24-24 as the 215-pound weight class ended. One match was left to decide the biggest wrestling match of the season so far and super sophomore Zach Rieger was the man for the mission. He won 3-1 at heavyweight, also known as 285 or below, to send the Tiger fans and wrestlers into a frenzy. If you thought the win at Ford Field was big this one was even bigger. It was Hudson, a small Division 4 school, knocking off a Division 3 power. Rieger was the man-of-the-hour as he was tied at 1-1 until a late third period takedown gave him the vital two points and gave his team the upset victory. “A great win for the kids and the program,” said Tiger head coach Scott “Scooter” Marry.
Hudson won both of its LCAA matches last week at Ida winning over Onsted 58-12 and taking care of business with the host Bluestreaks 49-16. Hudson is now 4-0 in the LCAA with the big match with Dundee set for last (Wednesday) night at Dundee. This match will determine the regular season LCAA champion.
Getting two wins for Hudson were Smith and Marry both with pins. Dusseau, Weaver, Mattison, Sparapani, Varney, Herron and Benschoter also got two wins each.
On Saturday the Tigers were at the tough Lakeshore Tourney in Stevensville and they won all four matches. Hudson beat Lake Fenton 32-24, handled the host team 42-20, whipped Niles 63-10 and took care of Mason 42-15. Kelley, Sparapani, Marry and Smith all went 4-0. Dusseau, Weaver, Mattison, McCaskey, Benschoter and Rieger were all 3-1 on the day.
For the season the Tigers are now 38-2 as they look to hit the 40-win mark on the season. The match against the Vikings set for last night features two of the best teams in the entire state. Dundee is ranked number one in Division 3 just ahead of Richmond. Hudson is everyone’s pick as the number one team in the state in Division 4. In the state’s top 15 rankings regardless of class size the Tigers are ranked number, 7, Dundee number 6 and yes Richmond at number 5. These rankings were as of Thursday, January 20th. The comment heard on Friday night in the Tiger gym was, “If we can beat Richmond, we can beat Dundee.” Yes, you can Tigers so go get those Vikings.
Cheers win again
Hudson won its home LCAA competition last Wednesday to pickup its 12th straight LCAA crown. The Tigers have won the LCAA championship each year since 2000 making this year number 12 in a row. Making the all-LCAA team for Hudson were Courtney Chrisman, Katelyn Butts, Zoe Middleton and Payton Darr and on the honorable mention squad was Katie Mattison. Hudson was at Temperance Bedford for an invitational on Saturday and they were third overall. In the state rankings the Lady Tigers are third behind both Michigan Center and Pewamo-Westphalia. Those two state powers met last Saturday at P-W and Center took second with P-W winning. Things are going to get real interesting down the stretch here as these three schools battle for the Division 4 state championship.
Boys fall to Royals and Eagles
Hudson was down 22-9 after the first quarter and by halftime it was Blissfield on top 35-20. The teams took a break as both Grant Benschoter and Sarah Luma were named king and queen at the winter homecoming festivities. In the third period it was Blissfield staying in front ahead 53-31 and its way to a 72-46 triumph to ruin the Tiger homecoming. Scoring for Hudson were Drew Milligan with 10 points including two 3-point shots. Anthonie Blar added eight points and Justin Sumbur scored eight. Burke Hart chipped in with seven points.
Hudson was over at Erie Mason last Tuesday and lost a tough one 60-56 to the Eagles. The Tigers led 9-7 after one period and were up 27-26 at halftime. Then a big third period gave the Eagles the lead of 45-36 after three quarters. A Tiger comeback was not be but they did win the last quarter 20-15 to make things interesting. Milligan hit three 3-pointers for a 16-point night to lead Hudson. Sumbur scored 12 and Blair scored 11. Hart added six points and 11 boards and two steals. Justin Boies added five points. Hudson is now 2-8 overall and 0-3 in the always-tough LCAA.
Girls drop pair to Trojans and Bluestreaks
Hudson lost to Adrian-Madison a week ago Monday by a score of 45-20 as Hudson had trouble scoring. It was 28-13 at halftime as the Trojans, who are coached by former Tiger Rick McNeil, won easily. The score doubled after three periods to 36-18. Katie Benschoter scored eight points for Hudson Sarah Luma added five. Sam Merillat had three and Ashley Monahan two. In the loss to LCAA power Ida it was Hudson going down 57-39 as the Tiger offense finally got going a bit. Luma led with 14 points and Benschoter did very well with six points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals. Merillat scored nine and Courtney Walter added eight points. Ashley Schneider had the other two points. Hudson is now 2-7 overall and 0-2 in the LCAA.
Check your local schedule for all of the exciting winter sports action at Hudson High school.