By Bill Mullaly
The high school wrestling season at Hudson High School was not the only group that had a successful season as the little Tigers in Hudson Middle School also had a good season on the mat. Here is a look at middle school wrestling during the winter of 2012.
In middle school wrestling there are 19 weights in an official match and Hudson had about 14 wrestlers so they didn’t concentrate so much on winning dual matches as much as just developing wrestlers. “We had a good season and we didn’t win much as far as dual matches due to low numbers,” said head coach Dan Sholl. “We did have a bunch of kids that worked hard and got better and they will have an impact at the high school level in the years ahead. We had a real young team with just one key eighth grader and a lot of talented seventh graders.”
The 8th grade standout wrestler was Mason Lopinski who went at 120 pounds and had a mark of 21-2. He lost two times and both came to a foe from LCAA power Dundee. “He won a couple of tournaments and he will have a real good chance to do something special on the high school team next year,” said Sholl, who finished his seventh year as the Tiger MS coach. Lopinski’s wins came at Hillsdale and Liberty Center down in Ohio.
Lopinski’s younger brother, Zachary, a seventh grader wrestled at 75 pounds and went 16-5. “He wrestled very well and he is going to be real tough to beat in the future,” said Sholl, who noted Z. Lopinski was named the MVP of the LCAA league tournament.
Three other seventh graders who earned some praise from Sholl were Eric Bellamy at 95 pounds, Nick Feekings at 105 pounds and Trenton Gooding at 110 pounds as these three are MS middleweight wrestlers who all had good seasons. “With these three and Zach coming back along with some others we are going to have a real good team next season,” Sholl said.
The team also had several 6th grade students competing and practicing but they were not allowed to participate in an official MS match. There was a 6th grade team that went to the MYWA state meet and the Hudson 6th grade group took third place among teams from all around the state.
“We had a good year and it was a learning process as we don’t focus on dual meets because we are short on kids but in the meets if you just counted how we did in the matches we actually wrestled we had some very good results, said Sholl, who is hoping for a larger squad next season. “We had kids get better and they showed improvement and for next year we just need more numbers.”
The Hudson team competed in LCAA meets where like four schools would show for dual competition. Hudson also journeyed down into Ohio for a couple of tournaments where they did very well against some tough competition, which is why they went south of the border to compete.