Hudson Mann had a weekend to remember at the Adam Long Memorial Open in Superior, Wis.
The Grade 8 wrestler, originally from Fort Frances, wrestled his way to a first-place finish in the 130- to 136-pound class.
The meet in Superior featured about 250-275 wrestlers even with the rough winter weather.
In his first match, Mann was non-stop scrambling and had it knotted at 4-4 with 15 seconds left.
Mann then pushed the pace and turned his opponent for three near-falls to win 7-4.
“That match came down to Hudson having better cardio,” noted his father, Jeremy Mann, who also is an assistant coach for the Mighty Mustang youth wrestling program in International Falls.
“His next two matches, Hudson controlled ties and his opponents well to win both by pinfall, taking first place,” he added.
Hudson Mann also built a Mixed Minnesota team to compete in the team competition at the meet.
The young wrestler knew all of the team members from travelling to tournaments, helping out at summer wrestling camps, and from Freestyle and Greco and wrestling on the Minnesota national team with a few of them.
“It was enjoyable to see the relationship Hudson has with so many wrestlers and parents across Minnesota,” Jeremy Mann enthused.
“[The] Mixed Minnesota team was extremely dominant and took home first place,” he noted.
“It’s great to see all the wrestlers cheering each other on and representing Minnesota.”
Then on Sunday, Hudson Mann competed at the Cambridge Open, where he had to wrestle up in grade and weight but still ended up taking second place.
Jeremy Mann was unable to make it to the event Sunday, but noted his son had a good friend of theirs coaching him in James Roberts.
“James said Hudson wrestled good, hitting his takedowns, throws, and escapes,” Jeremy Mann noted.
“Being the youngest and, by far, the lighter wrestler in the bracket, [it] forced Hudson to adapt.”