by Michael LeonardSports EditorHudson -- If fans are looking for a barometer of how much the Cuyahoga Falls wrestling team has improved the last two seasons, look no further than the Hudson Holiday Tournament. Two years ago, Falls finished 14th at Hudson with two placers.Last year, Falls moved up to ninth with 84 team points with five placers.On Dec. 22, Falls finished in sixth place with 131 points, seven placers and the team's first weight class champion at Hudson in years.Falls coach Chris Wilson was beaming after his team's performance."We wrestled about as well as we could this weekend," Wilson said. "Two years ago, we only had two placers and finished behind Hudson's 'B' team. Now, we're in the top six. The work ethic of these kids is just amazing. They have really stepped up. We doubled our team total from last year."It was the Falls' captain that ended the Black Tigers' title drought at Hudson as junior Ethan Taylor won the 160-pound title. Taylor was given the top seed at Hudson and earned a bye in the first round. He needed less than one period's worth of wresting to reach the finals, as he pinned Norton's Jerry Baughman in 59 seconds and Maple Heights' Kavin Henry in 43 seconds.In the finals, Taylor was able to assert himself against Aurora's Matt Davidoff."The first period, he was stronger than me, but he seemed like he was gassing," Taylor said of Davidoff. "I kind of drug out the match and worked him over in the third period."The strategy worked as Taylor pulled out the title with a 7-3 win."Ethan didn't have a close match all weekend," Wilson said. "Even in the finals, you could see he was in control throughout."Taylor's drill partner also reached the finals as senior 152-pounder Chris Port had one of his best tournaments as a Black Tiger. Port opened by pinning two Explorers -- he stuck Hudson's Scott Hooper in 3:04 and then pinned Marlon Baker of Hudson "B" in 5:30.Things were much tougher in the semifinals, but Port pulled out a 4-3 win over Kenston's Parker Schabel.In the finals, however, Port faced a huge challenge in Aurora state placer Billy Painter. Port did well to avoid getting pinned, but Painter rode Port for the final two periods and won 7-1. "Chris Port in only in his third year of wrestling," Wilson said. "He's shown huge improvement."Heavyweight Todd Goff also had a solid weekend, as it took three overtimes to keep him out of third place. In a hotly contested match with Stow's Nick Rajcsak, Goff was tied 2-2 heading into the third overtime. However, Rajcsak got the decisive reversal in the sudden death period.Falls also got fifth-place finishes from 112-pounder JR Weizbiski, 171-pounder Tyler Tesny and 215-pounder Curt Lemmon. At 145 pounds, Zack Eastman took sixth place.Falls was set to travel to Bloom-Carroll Dec. 29, but results were not available at press time. The Black Tigers will next see action Jan. 5 in a tri-meet at Eastlake North with Willoughby South. First match is set for 1 p.m.E-mail: mleonard@recordpub.comPhone: 330-688-0088 ext. 3113