A solid year on the mat recently became even better for Hudson Mann.
The seventh-grader, who was born in Fort Frances but now lives in International Falls, Mn., made the Minnesota national wrestling team for the second year in a row and helped paced Minnesota Blue to a third-place finish in the Schoolboy National Greco & Freestyle Duals in Indianapolis, Ind. on June 6-10.
“School was out on May 31 for Falls High School and on June 1, Hudson was on the way to Minneapolis for training to get ready for the upcoming Schoolboy duals,” noted his dad, Jeremy Mann, an assistant coach for the Mighty Mustang youth wresting program in the Falls.
“Schoolboy age is 13-14 but 12U can also compete,” he said.
“Last season, Hudson had made the team as a novice for the Heartland Duals in Iowa.”
Minnesota had two squads compete in Indianapolis, with both Minnesota Blue and Red placing within the top 10 in Greco wrestling.
Then in the Freestyle event, Minnesota Blue lost a close duel to take home a fourth-place finish while Minnesota Red was seventh.
“Hudson went 2-10," Jeremy Mann said. ”He has solid wrestling and adjusted where he needed to.
“It really came down to him being 12 [years old] still," he noted. ”He got overpowered in some key matches by kids who were 14.
“This is all still an important learning stage for Hudson's wrestling,” Mann stressed.
“Competing against some of the best in the United States only helps you improve on what you need to.”
Mann said it's important for wrestlers to lose every once in a while as it keeps them honest.
“It keeps you humble and hungry at the same time,” he reasoned.
“Hudson has a great network of coaches and trainers to help him keep moving in a extremely competitive and successful direction, no doubt.”
After the Schoolboy duals, Mann said he and his son travelled to an “Iron Sharpens Iron” wrestling camp in Dubuque, Iowa for five days of training and team competition.
“Summer is the time for athletes to improve and become champions,” he remarked.