By Mark Mausner — STAFF WRITER
Hofstra graduate student Jamel Hudson advanced to the second day of the NCAA Wrestling Championships at Madison Square Garden before being eliminated in the second round of the wrestle-back consolations by Kevin Jack of North Carolina State.
Hudson, the 141-pounder from Bay Shore, New York, finished the regular season and EIWA Championship with an overall record of 20-8. That earned him an opportunity to compete alongside fellow Pride wrestler Michael Hughes for an NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.
Hudson advanced to the Wrestle-back consolation round on Friday by posting a 1-1 record after sessions one and two on Thursday.
He started off the competition on Thursday afternoon with a 16-0 tech fall loss to the fourth seeded Anthony Ashnault of Rutgers at 6:19. Hudson then bounced back later that night with a 12-3 major decision over Steve Bleise of Northern Illinois.
Friday was a one-and-done for the unranked Hudson. He lost an 11-2 major decision to third-seeded Kevin Jack which knocked him out of contention. Jack had just come off an upset loss to 14th-ranked Bryce Meredith from Wyoming in the second round on Thursday night that dropped him into the consolation tournament.
The defeat brought Hudson’s final season to a close with an overall record of 21-10. The two-time NCAA tournament qualifier finished his career with a 61-20 record.
The Pride finished the NCAA tournament tied for 57th place with 2.5 points. Hofstra ended the regular season on a five-match losing streak to finish at 5-13 overall and 1-7 in conference play. The team was 4-3 at home, 0-4 on the road and 1-6 at neutral sites.