Sam Hudson


Smoky Mountain’s Sam Hudson received the Outstanding Wrestler award after winning the 145-pound weight class in Saturday’s NEO Invitational at Tuscola. The Mustangs finished second as a team and were just two points out of first.

Other SM wrestlers winning their weight classes were Gavin Coggins (106), Davey McCoy (113), Blake Stevens (126) and Alex Rodriguez (160). Placing second for the Mustangs were Dillon Parton (120), William McCoy (138) and Ben Mathews (170). Coming in third for SM were Elijah Hamilton (195) and Jaden Cole (220).

“I am proud of each wrestler’s efforts,” Coach Erik Wilson said. “They gave 100 percent each time they stepped on the mat.”