The host Hudson wrestling team improved to 5-4 in dual meets after earning a lopsided 74-6 victory over Willoughby South Friday at Ray "Buck" Hyser Gymnasium.
The Explorers got pins from Logan Morris at 106 pounds (32 seconds), Matt Hartle (32 seconds at 113), Will Davis (3:48 at 126), Aidan McStay (4:52 at 138), Gavin Wervey (5:10 at 145), Shane McGinnis (3:15 at 195) and Garrett O’Connell (2:40 at 285).
Hudson also got technical falls from Matt Mileski (15-0) and John Sweet (16-0) at 126 and 160 pounds, respectively. Michael Caniglia earned a 13-4 major decision at 170 pounds.
The Explorers earned three wins by forfeit as well.
"It was a real solid effort," Hudson head coach Joe Caniglia said. "Everyone stepped up and was more aggressive. I think our younger guys were more relaxed and just competed with more of an attacking mindset.
"Matt Mileski had three takedowns and three sets of back points. Aidan McStay scored 16 points before getting his pin. He is getting pretty tough on top and is starting to figure out how to take matches away from his opponents.
"Gavin scored two takedowns before pinning his opponent. John Sweet had a dominating performance with two takedowns and four sets of back points. Michael Caniglia scored six takedowns.
"Jacob Peters (182) wrestled well despite losing. He was giving that guy all he could handle and almost pinned him with a reversal and headlock in the first period.
"Shane McGinnis scored two offensive takedowns before securing the pin. Garrett O'Connell scored three takedowns on his way to finishing out the night with a pin."
Brian Winters, a 2009 Hudson graduate who is now an offensive lineman for the New York Jets, attended the meet.
"He was honorary captain," Caniglia said. "He went out for the pre-meet coin toss with our captains. He sat on the bench with us for the whole match. The boys were pretty excited about that.
He also stayed for pictures afterward and signed some autographs. It was really cool that he could be anywhere doing anything and chose to come back to our match. He is a great football player and even better person."
The Explorers are scheduled to conclude their regular season by hosting Suburban League National Conference rival Cuyahoga Falls along with Massillon Jackson in a tri-meet Wednesday at 6 p.m.