by Michael Leonard | Sports Editor

It wasn't exactly the way Hudson head wrestling coach Joe Caniglia wanted his team to start this season.

The Explorers went 1-4 at the Ken Briggs Memorial Wrestling Tournament Dec. 1 at Copley High School, good for fifth place in the six-team tournament.

Brunswick won the tournament by going 5-0.

Hudson opened the tournament with a 34-22 win over Copley, but was shut out thereafter. The Explorers lost 53-22 to Carrollton, 56-12 to Brunswick, 36-32 to Woodridge and 42-28 to Maple Heights.

Because he was short a couple starters due to weight issues or late starts, Caniglia said he knew his team was facing a tough weekend.

"Going in, realistically, I figured we would have a tough time," he said. "It was a good experience to get some of our younger guys in the lineup,"

Junior 160-pounder Michael Coleman was Hudson's most valuable wrestler on the weekend, finishing with a 5-0 record.

Coleman finished with two pins, two major decisions and a forfeit victory at the tournament.

"He had a really nice day," Caniglia said. "He was pretty solid on his feet and was very aggressive. It was nice to see the work that he's done pay off. It was a good starting point for him."

The Explorers had two wrestlers finish 4-1 in sophomore 126-pounder Billy Buehl and freshman 132-pounder Chris Motter.

"He's starting to get more confidence in himself," Caniglia said of Buehl.

Motter finished with two technical falls and two pins.

"I think he's going to have a lot of success this year," Caniglia said.

Hudson also saw 120-pounder Ben Boysel and 138-pounder Brandon White finish 3-2.

The match with Brunswick was the toughest of the day for the Explorers as their fellow Northeast Ohio Conference River Division foes won all but two matches -- and the two they lost were forfeits. Coleman and heavyweight Peter Mougey each won via walkovers.

"You look at that score and, even if we had our guys, it would be a tough match," Caniglia said. "They're a pretty solid team, that's for sure."

The match with Woodridge was a close one, as Hudson got forfeit wins from Boysel, Beuhl and 220-pounder Matt Slater.

Motter scored a technical fall.

At 138 pounds, Brandon White scored a 7-2 win over Woodridge's Brandon Brickley, while Coleman pinned Trevon Burgins.

In the final round with Maple Heights, Hudson got a major decision from Boysel and a decision win from Beuhl,

Motter scored a 20-5 technical fall, while White pinned his man at 138.

After a 10-2 win from Coleman, 182-pounder Michael Delsanter pinned his man in 3 minutes, 42 seconds. However, Maple Heights won the top three weights to close out the win.

Hudson is scheduled to return to action at the Painesville Riverside Rumble Dec. 7 and 8. First match Dec. 7 is set for 4:30 p.m.


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