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Hawks Soar at 2018 Meck County Tourney

Jenkins, Ksa & Hudson, Jr. show-off Meck County hardware

Congratulations to NiYah Jenkins, Kevin Ksa & Eric Hudson, Jr. on bringing home the hardware this weekend at the 2018 Al Kessie Mecklenburg County Tournament. NiYah, a sophomore and new to the team this year,  brought home the third place medal at 182lbs in the JV division. NiYah is one of four female wrestlers to make the team this year and clearly one to lookout for as the season progresses. Kevin brings home silver at heavyweight in the varsity division in only his second season on the team and his very first hardware in the sport. He pinned his way to the finals beating both Olympic and Ardrey Kell wrestlers before dropping the finals match by fall. Eric Hudson, Jr. the defending state champion, tournament champion and MOW returned from football's heart-braking loss only a week ago to compete in this year's tournament. Hudson handed an undefeated Mallard Creek wrestler (previously 20-0) his very first loss of the season in the finals, winning the varsity 195lb title by fall in the 2nd period. Demonstrating superior skill by racking up enough points to win by technical fall prior to the pin in the finals and not giving up any points to his opponents on his way to his 4th title cleared the way for Hudson also being voted tournament MOW (Most Outstanding Wrestler). Hudson has amassed three MOW's in the past year and this was his 2nd consecutive at this tournament. After what could be called a dream season last year, Hudson will have a hard time following it up, but based on this weekend's exploits he's not only up for the challenge but off to  great start.

Eric Hudson, Jr. Selected as one of Charlotte Observer's Athletes of the Week

Eric Hudson, Jr. was nominated and selected as one of Charlotte Observer's Athletes of the week for last week (2/4-2/11). Make sure you scroll towards the bottom after you click on the link to read the article.

Eric Hudson, Jr. Shines at the 2018 NCHSAA 4A State Wrestling Tournament for West Meck

Check out Hudson's exploits in the Charlotte Observer!

Eric Hudson, Jr. Voted 2018 NCHSAA 4A State Tournament's Most Outstanding Wrestler

Eric Hudson, Jr wins 2018 NCHSAA 4A 195lb State Championship

Hudson Brings Home Title, Hardware And Place in West Meck History

Eric Hudson, Jr. wins NC 4A State Title and Tournament MOW

Congratulations to Eric Hudson, Jr. on winning the 2018 NCHSAA 4A 195lbs State Championship! Hudson had to overcome arguably three of his toughest matches all season to bring a title home to West Meck for the first time since the early 1990's. After winning by major decision in the opening round (13-5), winning the quarterfinals matchup against a Laney wrestler (6-3) was a more physical matchup than anticipated. Hudson admittedly did not wrestle nor look like himself and shared that he went into the match a little tight. In the semifinals match, Hudson fought a South Central wrestler to a 7-7 tie into the last minute of the 3rd and final period. He gave up a takedown and scored an escape where action went out of bounds stopping the clock with 5seconds remaining and Hudson down by a point. Hudson scored an improbable takedown in that short amount of time to win the match 10-9 and move into the finals. When asked how he was able to remain calm with his season and title hopes hanging by a thread, Hudson replied, "as long as there's time on the clock, there's time to score." In the finals, Hudson wrestled more like himself against a Jack Britt wrestler and jumped out to a 9-3 lead thru two periods. He hit 3 pretty spectacular takedowns and a rare throw only to find himself fighting off a frenzied comeback that fell one point short as time expired in the third period. Hudson won the match 13-12 but after topping the podium, Hudson gave no thoughts to the possibility of winning his third Tournament MOW given (for him) a less than usual performance. Moments later he was left speechless when they announced that indeed he had done just that. Hudson won Tournament MOW (Most Outstanding Wrestler) and the victory also gave him his 102nd career win, a major milestone in a wrestler's high school career. Great Job Eric on an unbelievable season!   

Eric Hudson, Jr wins 2018 NCHSAA 4A 195lb West Regional Championship and Tournament MOW

Hudson & Reid Headed to 2018 NCHSAA 4A State Wrestling Tournament

Congratulations to Eric Hudson, Jr. (pictured above) on winning his 3rd NCHSAA 4A  Western Region Championship, his 2nd at the 195lb weight class. Hudson scored a technical fall and 2 first period pins in route to the championship and was voted the region's Most Outstanding Wrestler. Though he's been wrestling for a long time, the MOW selection is only the second of his career (both awarded this season) and the most surprising  given the many wrestlers in the running for the prestigious honor over the weekend. After placing 6th at the State Tournament due to a shoulder injury last season, Hudson has been patiently waiting to go back and finally bring home a state title and now that wait is over. Go Get It Eric!

    One goal Tyrell Reid (pictured below) had coming into this season was to go and compete at the NCHSAA 4A State Wrestling Tournament. After a long but successful regular season, Reid won the South Meck 7 Conference 220lb Championship earning All-Conference Honors which also qualified him for Regionals. After a setback loss in the 2nd round, Tyrell fought thru the consolation side of the bracket only losing again in the consolation finals but by then, the mission was already accomplished. Just making it into that last match, Reid secured his spot as one of the top 4 placers in the region qualifying him for the State Tournament. Congratulations Ty!    

Tyrell Reid takes 4th at 2018 NCHSAA 4A 220lb West Regionals

All Eleven Hawks Varsity Wrestlers Qualify for Regionals

Congratulations to Coach Hughes and the entire Hawks wrestling program on qualifying all eleven Hawks varsity wrestlers for the NCHSAA 4A West Regional Tournament. The following young men will compete at Hough high school this Friday (2/9) and Saturday(2/10) for the opportunity to advance to the 2018 NCHSAA 4A State Wrestling Tournament. 

Arlin Morazán - 106lbs

Chris Johnson - 132lbs

Omar Perez - 138lbs

Josh Bowman - 145lbs

Manases Perez - 152lbs

Chueyey Lee - 160lbs

DeMarquis Truesdale - 170lbs

Colby Smith - 182lbs

Eric Hudson, Jr. - 195lbs (#1 seed)

Tyrell Reid - 220lbs

Kevin Ksa - hvywt


Hawks Fly High at Conference Tournament

Hawks end regular season with a bang at Conference Tournament

Congratulations to Coach Hughes and our Hawks wrestling team for placing fifth as a team this past weekend at the South Meck7 Conference Tournament. Led once again by juniors Eric Hudson, Jr. at 195lbs and Tyrell Reid at heavyweight, both won their brackets and were in contention for MOW (Most Outstanding Wrestler) with Hudson losing the honor by one vote. Senior DeMarquis Truesdale at 170lbs and sophomore Arlin Morazan at 106lbs took home 2nd place after tough losses in their finals matches. Senior Omar Perez at 138lbs took a tough opening round loss but battled back to take home third place. Special Congratulations to Perez and Morazán as this was their first time medaling in a varsity tournament. Next up for these Hawks are the NCHSAA 4A West Regionals to be held at Hough high school on Feb. 9, 2018. Good luck hawks, fly high!

Hawks Wrestling Team Ahead of Hawk Duals

Hawks Wrestling Wins First Dual

Congratulations to our Hawks Wrestling team on winning it's first dual! We beat Queens Grant 48-27 this past weekend while hosting our 8th Annual Hawks Duals. While wrestling is mostly an individual sport, each individual match is worth team points depending on how it's won. Our Hawks have entered into EVERY matchup this season giving up 18-24pts simply because we don't have wrestlers on the team to compete at 113lbs, 120lbs & 126lbs. 

Hudson & Johnson bring home the hardware fron 2017 Holy Angels Invitational

Hudson & Johnson highlight Hawks Efforts at 2017 Holy Angels Invitational

Congratulations to Eric Hudson, Jr. on placing second at the 2017 Holy Angels Invitational this past weekend. Holy Angels, one of the toughest tournaments in the state, is the only regular season tournament Hudson hasn't won. He battled thru the bracket making it into the finals, but lost by major decision in the finals to the top wrestler in the state at 195lbs. Congratulations to a host of Hawks wrestlers that made their mark in the JV division. Arlin Morazán-106lbs and Kevin Ksa-hwt both made it into the consolation finals but lost tough matches placing 4th. Christopher Johnson also made it into his 132lb consolation finals but he won by pin and took home the 3rd place medal. Great job gentlemen, keep working hard Hawks!! 

2017 USMC Clash at the Creek Hawk medalists Reid & Hudson

Hudson & Reid Make marks at Mallard Creek Tournament

Congratulations to Eric Hudson, Jr. on winning his second 195lb title of the season and his second time winning the USMC Clash at the Creek Tournament in three years. Congratulations to Tyrell Reid on placing second in the 220lb weight class. Reid lost in a hard fought overtime thriller in the finals.

Hudson & Reid make it to the podium at Al Kessie Meck County Tournament

Coach Hughes with Hawks wrestlers Hudson & Reid

Congratulations go out to Tyrell Reid for placing third and Eric Hudson, Jr. for winning the Championship title at the Al Kessie Mecklenberg County Tourney this past weekend. Reid advanced to the semifinals where he lost to the eventual 220lb champion in overtime, but won the consolation finals to bring home the third place medal. Hudson, Jr. won the 195lb Championship in a rematch of the 2017 NCHSAA West Regional final by pin, making this the third time he's won this tournament in consecutive years. Hudson was also voted Most Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament, finishing with three pins and a technical fall, his first ever MOW honors.

Coach Hughes with new Hawks Tyrell Reid & Eric Hudson, Jr.

Coach Hughes with new Hawks Tyrell Reid & Eric Hudson, Jr. at the Meck County Tournament

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