Few teens have felt the spotlight’s glare quite like the one focused on Jamel Hudson. This week alone, the senior had his face adorn a national magazine, a musical performance hit TV and intends to sign a full-ride college scholarship.
While the common thread is his outstanding season on the mat, Hudson’s versatility is what’s caught everyone’s attention. He’s got moves – and a voice – that go well beyond his wrestling skills.
Hudson, who became just the fourth Catholic league wrestler to ever win a state Federation title, was recently named state wrestler of the year. It’s a feat that earned mention in the latest Sports Illustrated.
Meanwhile, Hudson also appeared on the MSG Varsity Talent Show.
And Friday he signs a National Letter of Intent to wrestle at Hofstra.
“I’m truly blessed with the opportunities been given me,” said Hudson, who lives in Bay Shore and won the 132-pound weight class in February.
Hudson is also a gifted entertainer who envisions a future beyond wrestling but still very much in the spotlight. He performed a well-received show at St. Anthony’s earlier this school year and was picked by MSG Varsity to be a contestant in its high school talent show.
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to do what I really love,” Hudson said, who was given a roster sheet of songs to perform. He chose “I Can’t Help Myself,” by the Four Tops.
In typical Hudson fashion, it’s a physical performance as much as vocal triumph. The top vote-getters move on. Voting ends Thursday 9 a.m.
Regardless how the vote goes down, Hudson has an eye on the big picture: “My personality and hard work are going to get me where I want to be.”
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