Wrestlers look dominating, team wins district
The Tigers won the team district taking care of two opponents winning by a total of 128-18. Hudson beat Pittsford first 69-3 and then in the district final they whipped a feisty Sand Creek team 59-15. The district title was the first step the Tigers must take to make the run to the division 4 team state championship next weekend on February 26-27 at Battle Creek. This district title was one just one of many in a row that Hudson has won now over the past decade or so. Getting wins against Sand Creek were Tyler Mattison with a pin at 103, Dakota Kelley at 119 with a pin, Camden McCaskey a void at 125 and Zeb Hilyard got a pin at 130. Cameron Barnes gained a fall at 140, while Joel Varney did the same at 145 and Grant Benschoter got a fall at 160. James Herron continued the winning at 171 with a pin, while Matt Smith at 215 got a pin in just 25 seconds and Zach Rieger won with a fall at 285. Sand Creek wrestled tough and gave the Tigers a solid battle but Hudson had way too much experience and talent for the Aggies. In the district semifinal bout the Tigers took care of local rival Pittsford with wins by the following wrestlers: Mattison by void, Wyatt Spangler void, Kelley pin, Hilyard void, McCaskey void, Barnes pin, Lucas Sparapani pin, Varney pin, Derrik Marry decision, Herron decision, Williams decision, Smith void and Rieger void. Hudson has lost just two matches all season as a team and they looked primed to repeat as state champions in nine days at Kellogg Arena.
Eleven advance with six champions
The Tigers simply dominated the individual meet at the district event in Blissfield. Eleven Tigers are moving on to Addison on Saturday for the individual regional where they will battle to make the state meet. Six Tigers won individual crowns led by the Marry brothers, Devan and Derrik, who both have already won state titles as freshmen. Derrik won all three matches by pins to move on at 140, while Devan won his title at 152 beating Sam Mehan of Sand Creek who edged out Derrik by one point two days earlier. It was a sweet revenge win for Derrik even though, Devan did the wrestling. Devan beat Mehan with a pin and Smith won it all at 215 pounds with a technical fall of 15-0. Mattison got a fall at 103 for his crown, while Hilyard won 17-2 at 125 and the final Tiger champion was Barnes at 130 with a 13-4 major decision. Hudson was not done as five others are moving on led by qualifiers Kelley at 119, McCaskey at 125, Sparapani at 135, Varney at 145 and Rieger at 285. Now, the top four at the regional meet make it to the state meet set for March 4-6 at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
Boys get big win
The Tigers beat Erie Mason 57-52 to win its first LCAA contest of the winter. Some great fourth quarter free throw shooting was the difference as the Tigers hit 12 of 18 at the charity stripe to seal the win. The game was close the whole way as Hudson led 10-7 after one quarter and they led 26-19 at halftime. Hudson avoided any low-scoring quarter as they scored 13 in the third and 18 more in the last period to get the much needed league win. “It was a great display of free throw shooting in the clutch,” said Tiger head coach Wayne Perry. Erie Mason scored 33 points in the second half but the Tigers answered with 31 to get the win. In several other games this season the Tigers have been doomed by single digit periods but not this time and the result was a win.
Sam Klinger had what they call a monster game with a season-high and game-high 25 points and he added 10 rebounds. Nathan Smith had another typical Smith-type game with 17 points, five rebounds and three assists. Drew Milligan added nine points in the big victory that left the Tigers at 1-6 in the LCAA and 3-11 overall on the season. “This was a good win and a real team effort as everyone contributed in some way,” said Perry, who noted the win was huge for another reason. “We didn’t win a league game last year going 0-10 in league play so it was big to get a league win.” The coach was also happy with the play of Klinger and Smith. “I think it was the first time all year that they both had great games on the same night and that had a lot to do with us getting the win,” said Perry. Hudson had lost at earlier this season at home to the Eagles falling at the buzzer on a long shot but this time the Tigers took control early and never trailed. In the third quarter the Tigers were up 11 points at one time and never let the Eagles make a serious run at them due to the fine foul shooting late in the game.
Girls get win
Hudson beat Dundee for the second time this season as the Lady Tigers won in a rout taking a 57-36 win. Hudson led 13-8 after one quarter and it was a lead of 27-19 at halftime. The Tigers stayed ahead 47-29 after three quarters and went on to its second LCAA win of the season and its third win overall. Freshman Ashley Monahan had a great game coming off the bench to score 11 points and she grabbed nine rebounds to provide the spark the team needed in getting the much needed win. “Ashley came in and did a great job,” said Tiger head coach Tom Romanowski. “We got into some foul trouble and she came off the bench and played great and gave us lift in the third quarter.”
Also, playing well for Hudson were Sam Merillat with 11 points, while Katie Benschoter had ten points and five steals and senior Casey Brasher added ten points. Sarah Luma chipped in with six points and the Lady Tigers used some great outside shooting in the win. Hudson hit on nine 3-point shots with Monahan and Merillat both hitting three each and Brasher added two and Ember Grames had one.
The Lady Tigers were supposed to play Ida last Tuesday but the snow postponed that for a later date. Hudson is 3-13 on the season. The cheerleaders were supposed to host the LCAA cheer meet last Wednesday but that was postponed due to the weather also. Check your schedule for all of the exciting action involving the winter sports teams.