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Bluestone wrestling first: Moore to compete at college level

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Hudson Moore / February 10, 2021
Hudson Moore has enjoyed a solid career with Bluestone's wrestling team, culminating with a 2020 VHSL Class 2 state championships appearance. The team did not compete this season because of COVID-19.

Moore had an early defeat at the states last year which kept him out of the later championship rounds. Yet, his grappling abilities did not go unnoticed as he will become the first Bluestone wrestler to compete at the collegiate level for Averett University in Danville.

The senior was actually surprised that he would be the first. He says never gave that milestone any thought.

"I mean I didn’t expect that,” Moore said, seemingly stunned by the news. “I didn’t even know no other wrestler went to the college level.”

Moore’s coach, Troy Moore, said Hudson is a three-year member of the varsity wrestling team — joining as a sophomore — who is always working to improve.

“Hudson has progressed very fast in the sport of wrestling,” Moore said. “Again, most of his success has come from his work off the mat and in the weight room and his training in martial arts.

“He’s gained about 40 pounds from 2018-2021 and there’s not much fat on that kid.”

Moore said he was pleased Hudson will be able to move on to college and wrestle. Not only does the distinction bring some nice props to Hudson, it also boosts a wrestling program, that started out as a club sport, in its sixth year now.

“Hudson would be our first wrestler to become a collegiate wrestler,” Moore said.

The younger Moore said his choice of Averett was a deliberate decision. He noted when deciding on a college he involved his mom, Traci Watson, in helping him make the best choice.

“Me and my mom were looking for a colleges and we had a few things in mind,” Moore said. “We wanted a college that had a good wrestling program, criminal justice and was an actual good school. We found Averett.”

He’s taking the path of criminal justice because, “After college I’m going to try and become a Navy Seal.”

Moore said that Bluestone assistant wrestling coach Jayson Cody had been at Averett as a coach and gave the Cougars program high marks. Moore said while at the state wrestling championships he was pretty sure he’d met one of Averett’s assistant wresting coaches.

The Cougars wresting program is very competitive and he wanted to become a part of that. So Moore made a call to the coach.

“I looked up the coach’s number and just called him,” Moore said of how he reached out to Averett. “It was just as simple as that.”

Moore said the Averett squad has some really high-ranked grapplers and he told the coach, “I wanted to make a rank in his team.”

For someone who is thinking of trying out wrestling as a sport, Moore said he would encourage it — with a few caveats. The high school enjoys a good relationship with Bluestone Middle, getting young student-athletes involved in wrestling at an early age.

The middle school had four eighth graders who wrestled last year on the high school squad — the most the team has enjoyed thus far.

“I would tell them that it takes heart, dedication and you have to put your blood, sweat, and tears out on that mat,” said Moore. “If you’re not willing to do that, then you won’t be able to wrestle.

“But if you’re willing to put all your effort on that mat and not leave anything left in the tank, then go for it. You will be great in wrestling.”

The outgoing senior said he hopes the wrestling program will be made available when Mecklenburg’s combined high school and middle school opens. Park View does not have a wresting program.

“I’m hoping that the wrestling team flourishes.”

Moore said for all Hudson did for the team and to help younger wrestlers, it was hard to see him not have a senior season. Moore believed his senior would have been state championship-bound again.

“It pained me to see how much work he put in and then to have winter sports canceled,” Moore said. “There’s no doubt he would have brought home some hardware from the state tournament.

“I’m excited for him and the opportunity to continue his wrestling career at college. I know a program like Averett will take him much further. He will do Bluestone wrestling proud.

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