MANTUA -- The Hudson and Crestwood wrestling teams are two programs in similar positions.

Both the Red Devils and Explorers have experienced success recently, but are rebuilding in terms of their own standards.

The two squads met in the late season dual meet Feb. 9 in Mantua, as Crestwood celebrated its Senior Night.

However, as Red Devils head coach Dave Wrobel noted Hudson was the team that showed a bit more desire.

The Explorers scored a 39-28 win over Crestwood to move to 9-5 in dual meets on the season. Crestwood dropped to 5-5 in dual meets.

Hudson head coach Joe Caniglia was happy with his team's effort, noting it wasn't just his top guys who won the meet.

"The big thing for our guys is to keep working on situational wrestling and taking control of those moments," he said. "If we can just keep getting better at situations, we'll get more guys to districts."

Wrobel said his team lacked any fire during the meet.

"It seems like Hudson just wanted it more," Wrobel said. "It was an uninspiring effort. Hudson came here to wrestle. We can't just show up and expect to win matches. It just wasn't what you want to see, especially when you want to fine-tune things heading into sectionals."

The Explorers went 7-4 in wrestled matches. Crestwood got forfeit wins from 106-pounder Brett Szuhay and 152-pounder Nic Vespucci, while Hudson got a forfeit from heavyweight Jack Nord.

Crestwood 132-pounder Dominic Szuhay opened the match with a 5-0 win over Hudson's Aiden Fultz, but the Explorers answered with a pin from 138-pounder Ben Jackson in 4 minutes, 50 seconds.

Red Devils senior 145-pounder Zac Brunty made good on his final match at Crestwood, scoring a 10-2 major decision over Hudson's John Sweet.

However, after Vespucci's forfeit win, the Explorers took control with four straight wins.

First, 160-pounder Austin Mullen got four takedowns to score a 9-2 win over Crestwood's Alex Kachenko.

Then, Hudson 170-pounder Michael Caniglia used some good counterwrestling to score an 8-5 decision over Lucas Gerardi.

Explorers' senior 182-pounder Kyle Minor did his job by pinning Thomas Carson in 1:28.

However, Caniglia noted the biggest win of the night may happened at 195 pounds. Hudson first-year senior Jared Cole used a half nelson to score a pin 3:58 over Crestwood's Cameron Langford.

"He has been working with us all year and we were able to get him into the lineup," Caniglia said. "He did a great job for us."

Crestwood senior 220-pounder CJ Novotny ended the run with a 5-2 win.

After the two teams traded forfeits, Explorers' 113-pounder Nicci Polifrone scored a 4-1 win.

Needing a big result to keep the match alive, Crestwood 120-pounder John Ondash came through with a pin in 1:50, cutting Hudson's lead to 33-28.

However, Explorers' 126-pounder Dietrich Boysel clinched the match with a pin in 1:10 over Crestwood's Aiden Morgenstern.

Hudson was set to face Revere Feb. 10 in Bath Township. Results were not available at press time.

The Explorers are scheduled to conclude their regular season Feb. 18 at Willoughby South. Wrestling is set to begin at 11 a.m.


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