Mann, Green earn state wrestling titles

Jamie Mountain

Both Hudson Mann and Teagan Green were a force to be reckoned with for the Mighty Mustang youth wrestling program over the weekend at the Jaycees’ state tournament in Grand Rapids, Mn.
Mann, who was born in Fort Frances but now lives in International Falls, claimed first place in the 120- to 130-pound division while Green, of the Falls, did the same in the 60- to 65-pound one.
Mann also served as an assistant coach for his fellow wrestlers at the tourney.
“This past weekend, a little over 500 wrestlers took part in the Jaycees’ state tournament in Grand Rapids,” said assistant coach Jeremy Mann, who also is Hudson’s father.
“All the coaches were continuously impressed by the effort and passion these young wrestlers put in,” he added.
Fort native Jonah Homer nabbed a second-place finish in the 50- to 55-pound division.
Damien and Aiden Juen of Littlefork, Mn. also claimed silver in the 55- to 60-pound and the 95- to 100-pound divisions, respectively.
Vai Lockman of Fort Frances, Rodger Dueck of the Falls, and Diego Christiansen, also of the Falls, each nabbed third place in their divisions.
George Boe (Falls), Jack Wolfe (Falls), Zayne Basaraba (Fort), Layla Reller (Falls), and Avery Larson (Falls) all finished just shy of the podium in their respective divisions.
“Some matches came down to more years experience in the end,” noted Mann.
“We now have over 25 wrestlers in our youth program, with seven-nine others who stop in and practice,” he added.
“Lots of great fight and wrestling by our wrestlers,” he enthused.
“Great attacks, shots and finishes, and we had huge progress this season,” Mann concluded.