February 3, 2011 —
By Bill Mullaly
The end of January saw most all of the Hudson High School winter sports teams in action. The big event of the week was the wrestling team’s meet at Dundee for the LCAA regular season crown. The Vikings won that meet 31-25 over the Tigers. In girl’s basketball action Hudson got a split by beating Dundee and then going down to Onsted. The boys basketball team had a rough week as they fell to both non-league foe Addison and also to LCAA rival Ida.
Here is a look at how the teams did over the past week of play.
Wrestlers suffer tough loss
Hudson went to Dundee ranked number one in Division 4 and the Vikings were number one in Division 3. Both teams are in the top ten of the best teams in the entire state. The much-anticipated match began at the 160-pound weight class as James Herron fell 5-3. Then at 171 it was Cody Walden falling 3-2 and Hudson was down 6-0. Matthew Smith won with a fast pin in under 30 seconds to tie the match at 6-6. Grant Benschoter suffered a technical fall loss of 27-12 to give the Vikes five more points. Zach Rieger won a thrilling 1-0 match at heavyweight and the Tigers trailed 11-9 after five matches. Hudson knew it had some advantages at the lower weights and at 103 Isaac Dusseau won 13-1 with a major decision victory. Then Cole Weaver had a huge win at 112 for three points with his 6-3 triumph. The Tigers were now on top 16-11 but points would be hard to come by for the rest of the meet. At 119 pounds Tyler Mattison fell 11-5 to make it 16-14 Hudson. Dakota
Kelley got a hard earned win at 125 pounds by a score of 8-6 and the Tigers of Hudson now led 19-14. Hudson had to void at 130 for six easy Dundee points and at 135 it was Camden McCaskey going down 11-2 for a Dundee major decision victory. The Vikes now added another 11-2 win at 140 as Lucas Sparapani went down to defeat. The Vikes now led 28-19 with just two matches left. At 145 pounds Joel Varney had to win to keep alive Tiger hopes as behind him was an automatic six points with Devan Marry up next. Varney wrestled well but lost 3-2 and Hudson was down 31-19. Marry got a pin like expected for six points and the final score of 31-25.
Dundee with the win moves to 5-0 in the LCAA and Hudson falls to 4-1. The two rivals will meet this Saturday at Dundee for the LCAA title for the league in the annual league meet format.
At the annual Lenawee County meet on Friday at Adrian College’s Merillat Sport & Fitness Center the Tigers did very well with five individual county champions. At 112 Weaver won his final match with a pin in period two. Varney was the next champion at 145 pounds with a pin in period one. In the next weight class at 152 it was Marry winning by a fall in period two. At 189 Smith won easily with a technical fall at 189 by a score of 17-0. A big surprise champion was the 215-pounder as Benschoter won 7-2. Taking second for the Tigers at the Lenawee County all-star meet were Dusseau at 103 with a 4-1 loss, while Mattison was second with a 4-2 loss at 119 and Kelley at 125 pounds went down 9-2. Sparapani was next at 140 pounds losing 4-1. At 160 pounds Herron was second with a 9-8 loss. Thus, five champions and five runner-ups is the legacy the Tiger wrestlers will leave behind for this school year at the county meet. Now the Tigers will focus on the upcoming LCAA season-ending league meet as they head to Dundee to try and beat the Vikings and gain a share of the LCAA title and to earn a co-championship for this year. (See related story on the wrestling rivalry).
Girls gain first league win
The Lady Tigers put it all together and came up with a nice win over the Vikings a week ago Tuesday. Sarah Luma scored 20 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had two steals in the win. Junior Katie Benschoter grabbed nine rebounds and tallied 17 points as Hudson had a nice win at home against Dundee. Hudson won 57-47 in a game that was close the whole way. Dundee led 16-14 after one period and it was Dundee up 28-27 at halftime. Hudson took a lead of 37-34 after three periods. A big 20-point final quarter propelled the Lady Tigers to the much needed league win. Hudson is now 1-3 in LCAA action and they are 3-7 overall on the season at the halfway point. Sam Merillat added 11 points and Courtney Walter had seven points. Luma and Merillat both hit one 3-point shot. On Friday of last week at home it was Onsted winning 47-34 over Hudson. They led 17-10 after one stanza and at intermission it was 27-16. At the end of three periods it was Onsted up 39-26. Luma was nearly unstoppable with a team-high 22 points but she didn’t have enough help. Abby Aiken had a game-high 29 points for the Wildcats. Benschoter again hit double digits with 10 points and had three assists. Ashley Monahan had two points as the only other Lady Tiger to score. Merillat had six rebounds to lead the way in that category. Hudson falls to 1-4 in the LCAA and to 3-8 overall with the loss. Hudsons started the second round of league play with the Onsted contest but has not played league foe Erie Mason yet due to a weather cancellation of that game. Hudson will play host to two league rivals this week. Blissfield is here tonight (Thursday) and Ida comes to town on Tuesday. On an individual note Luma was 7th in the county in scoring but after those two big games she should move into the top five.
Boys drop a pair
Hudson dropped a couple of home games last week. On Thursday the team lost to Ida in LCAA action falling 61-38. A slow start doomed the Tigers as they were down 15-5 early after one quarter. At intermission it was Ida on top 32-18 and they were still up 52-28 after three quarters. The Tigers were led in scoring by Justin Sumbur with 16 points but nobody else had more than six points. Sophomore Adam Laughlin scored six, while Anthonie Blair and Justin Boies both had five. Drew Milligan scored four and Burke Hart two. Sumbur led the rebounding with eight boards for the Tigers.
Against local rival Addison a week ago Monday the Panthers gained the rivlary win by a score of 57-45. The game was close the first half with the score tied at 8-8 after the opening quarter. The Tigers then scored six straight to go up 14-8 early in the second frame. The Tigers were on top 21-17 at halftime but it was the third quarter that changed the game in favor of the Panthers. Addison outscored Hudson 24-8 in the third quarter and then held on for the non-league win. The Panthers were up 41-29 after three periods and when both teams scored 16 points in the last quarter the score was a final of 57-45.
Sumbur led Hudson with 14 points and Boies had 12. Nathaniel OSborne and Blair both totaled five points as did Cullan Wilkerson and Milligan scored four. Hart had a game-high nine rebounds for Hudson. Addison hit five 3-pointers and they were 12 of 15 at the foul line compared to Hudson’s eight of 18 effort.
The Tigers fell to 0-4 in the LCAA and they are 2-10 overall on the season. Up next was an away game scheduled for Dundee two night ago on Tuesday. Then tomorrow (Friday) they head to Onsted. Next, Thursday Erie Mason heads to town.