The host Hudson wrestling team improved to 10-6 on the season after posting a 51-24 victory over Mayfield Jan. 26 at Ray "Buck" Hyser Gymnasium.

"I was pleased with our effort," Explorers head coach Joe Caniglia said "Our guys fought hard. We managed matches better as a group."

Hudson got forfeit wins at 106, 120 and 145 pounds, respectively. Joe Graf won the first wrestled match as he pinned his opponent in 3 minutes at 126 pounds.

"Joe was going for a pin the whole time," Caniglia said. "He is expecting more out of himself on the mat and it shows. He is wrestling with great confidence right now."

Dietrich Boysel followed with a pin in 33 seconds at 132 pounds.

"Dietrich scored a quick pin to keep the momentum going," Caniglia said. "He has all the ability to make a run deep into the postseason."

Although he lost a 9-5 decision at 138 pounds, Ben Jackson scored four points in the third period.

"Ben competes with a lot of heart out there on the mat," Caniglia said. "Even though he lost, he had a strong third period. That's where he will catch some guys and that score will turn for him."

John Sweet moved up to 152 pounds and earned a hard-fought 2-1 victory.

"They broke even on their feet," Caniglia said. "I think the turning point was when John was able to ride [David] Gelo out in the second period.

"He scored pretty quickly in the third and once again, rode him almost to the end. He managed the match better."

Austin Mullen got a pin in 2:42 at 160 pounds.

"Austin was going for a pin the whole time," Caniglia said. "He wanted to get a few takedowns and he got three.

"We were joking about having a big throw this week and when the opportunity presented itself, he took advantage of it. It was a bit of a crowd pleaser."

Kyle Minor scored four takedowns on his way to a pin in 5:02 at 182 pounds.

"Kyle was solid and kept the pressure on his opponent the whole match," Caniglia said.

Heavyweight Jack Nord closed the match in style for the Explorers with a pin in 5:15.

"The Mayfield heavyweight was a pretty big guy who was about 40 pounds heavier than Jack," Caniglia said. "He wrestled smart. We talk about not getting stuck underneath big guys.

"I think there was only one time he took a shot and got stopped underneath. He was able to use the top position to where his opponent was down and he finished him off in the third period."

Hudson is scheduled to compete at the Suburban League Tournament Feb. 4 at Aurora High School. Wrestling is set to begin at 9 a.m.

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