Daily Union Sports Editor
---- — The Male Winter Athlete of the Year was among a host of eligible athletes that were deserving.
The deciding factor was finishing the season at State, the success of his team as a whole, and this athlete being named that team’s Most Valuable Player. If that team says this athlete is their MVP, that’s good enough for me.
Adam Hudson, a 152-pound, junior wrestler from Shelbyville High School, finished the season at the IHSA State Tournament, placing 4th. Hudson had a record of 43-4.
The Rams’ biggest match win of the season came from Hudson. He had lost close matches to one opponent several times, but upset him in the Shelbyville Regional to get the pivotal points that earned the Rams their first regional championship in school history.
Hudson did all this, despite finishing the previous season with an injury and making a huge comeback this season.
Hudson won his first 29 matches, before taking a loss. Later in the season, he added a 10-match win streak. Hudson had the second most pins on the team (19). He tied for the 2nd most tech falls (5) and had six major decisions. Thirty of his wins brought bonus points. He scored 207 points for and only allowed 14 points (team-best) against for a 193 point differential with his opponents.
Hudson had 16 3-point near falls, 10 2-point near falls, and the 3rd most take downs (146). He had 15 reversals. He had 33 escapes. Hudson was also 2nd in getting 1st take downs (38).
Hudson won the PORTA Tourney and the Cumberland Tourney. He won the Shelbyville Regional Championship. He was 2nd at the LeRoy Tourney, 2nd at sectional and finished 4th at state.
Adam Hudson is the son of Brad and Sherri Hudson of Shelbyville.