Even an injury couldn't keep Hudson Mann down for long.
The Mighty Mustang youth wrestling program product, who was born in Fort Frances but now resides in Minnesota, overcame a torn pectoral injury that sidelined him for weeks to qualify for the nationals at a competition two weekends ago in Ada, Ohio.
Mann missed the state Freestyle and Greco championships because of the injury, but he rose above the setback and kept pushing.
Being off definitely presented its own set of challenges, the biggest being getting to his fight weight of 130 pounds.
The second challenge was cleaning out some rust and getting back to the grind.
Mann buckled down hard the week before competition, getting up every morning at 6:15 a.m. to run and work on shots—guts, leg laces and throws.
On top of that, he hit a practice at Itasca College with some wrestling friends from Akin and Grand Rapids as well as the Scoring Edge in Brainerd, Mn.
“Hudson made weight and was ready to test himself after being off,” noted his father, Jeremy Mann, who also is an assistant coach for the Mighty Mustangs.
Hudson Mann claimed silver in Freestyle, in which his opponent took advantage of him not finishing his shots.
“Not too excited about his performance, Hudson watched his match a dozen times. He picked up on his area he needed to improve on,” noted Jeremy Mann.
Then in the Greco competition (which is all upper body wrestling), Hudson Mann was aggressive and hit big throws to dominate his opponents to bring home gold to the Borderland.
“Both coaches, and myself, were impressed with Hudson's Greco, he looked good,” lauded Jeremy Mann.
Now that he's qualified for Nationals at the end of June in Wisconsin Dells, Wisc, Jeremy Mann noted that Hudson would be travelling to get some top level training in.
“It's time to keep hitting it, we will look to travel to get some top level training in before, as well as hitting strength and cardio,” he noted.
“So if you see someone in a hoodie running on Highway 11 in the morning, give him [Hudson] a wave,” he added.