Hudson Mann and his team left their opponents “Thunder”-struck.
The Fort Frances native, who now lives in International Falls, helped the Minnesota Thunder to a 7-1 record and first place in the Platinum Division of the Heartland National Wrestling Duels competition held in Council Bluffs, Iowa over the weekend.
The meet featured 40 of the best teams in the U.S.
Mann, who is part of the Mighty Mustangs Wrestling club in the Falls, went 5-3 in his matches in the 130-pound weight class, including four pinfall victories.
“Out of all three Minnesota teams, only two kids from northern Minnesota made the teams—Hudson and Seth Newby from Bemidji,” noted Mustangs' assistant coach Jeremy Mann, who also is Hudson's dad.
“This was the first time the Falls has had a wrestler make the Minnesota national team,” he said.
The younger Mann enjoyed everything about the experience.
“I learned lots and had so much fun, from making wrestling friends to meeting new coaches and being part of a winning team,” he enthused.
One of Mann's victories was over the son of the coach of the Iowa team, who happens to be family friends with the Manns.
“The coach just gave Hudson a big smile,” recalled Jeremy, who was grateful for all the spectator support.
“Hearing other parents and fans cheering on Hudson was great,” he remarked.
“No pictures could explain how happy and proud of himself he was.”