senior recently won his third straight state CHSAA wrestling title. He made a statement with a dominating performance in the 132-pound weight class that saw him named the meet’s Outstanding Wrestler.
And while that solidifies Hudson’s place as one of the great wrestlers in school and CHSAA history, he’s got an even loftier goal in mind this season. Hudson, ranked 18th in the nation, wants to bring home a state crown at the NYSPHSAA Wrestling Championships.
St. Anthony’s will send six wrestlers to the state wrestling championships, which begin Friday at the Times Union Center in Albany.
Catholic wrestlers rarely fare well at states. Hudson went 0-2 as a sophomore then placed fifth in his weight class as a junior. Now Friars Coach Tony Walters hopes to see him finish strong.
“He has his eyes set on a state title this year,” Walters said. “He has worked hard during the off season on areas of weakness and I have to say it's going to be hard not seeing the flash that follows him next year. Very focused on what he has to do.”
Here is a look at the other St. Anthony’s wrestlers headed to states with comments by Walters:
John Twomey, sophomore, 99 pounds, one CHSAA title: “Very determined young man who wants to let people know he has arrived. Very talented and fun to watch.”
Freddy Dunau, sophomore, 106, two CHSAA titles: “Has a great shot to take the whole thing this year. Very focused and knows what needs to be done.”
Matt Szilagyi, senior, 152, one CHSAA title: “Possesses a lot of talent and hopes to leave it all on the mat.”
Johnny Vrasades, junior, 160, two CHSAA titles: “Had some minor setbacks early but came on strong in the end of the season to avenge two defeats in the CHSAA tournament. He looks to improve on the 1-2 performance from last year.”
Andrew Aureimma, senior, 220, two CHSAA titles: “Has a great shot to do very well in the tournament. He works hard and he also wants to leave his mark on the mat for the final time. I wouldn't be surprised if he is standing at the top when all is said and done.”