One of New York’s best will be staying in the Empire State to wrestle at the Division I level. Smithtown West senior Michael Hughes, an undefeated state champion at 285 pounds in 2012-13, informed New York Wrestling News on Wednesday that he will sign with Hofstra University this week.
“Michael is excited to be representing NYS at the next level and looking forward to wrestling at Hofstra,” the message from his family stated.
After a sixth place finish at the state tournament as a junior, Hughes followed up with a spectacular final campaign for the Suffolk County school, registering a 42-0 record with 39 bonus point victories (31 falls).
It didn’t stop there for Hughes. His pin clinched the third straight dual meet victory for New York over rival New Jersey at the Pinning Down Autism Charity Challenge in March and he then earned a pivotal come-from-behind triumph over El Shaddai Van Hoesen of Columbia in the inaugural Long Island vs. Upstate Challenge. (The event ended in a tie).
A few weeks ago, Hughes capped off his career by collecting All-American honors with a second place showing at the NHSCA Senior Nationals in Virginia Beach. The Section 11 champion began the event with wins over opponents from Utah, New Jersey and Washington to make the title bout against Will Geary of Kansas.