Tony Smith's Wolves had led 24-6 and 40-22 at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium, but the home side refused to lie down and came back to within six points as the clock showed five minutes left.
A catalogue of errors then let them down, though, with two-try Paul Sykes not finding touch with a penalty and then Kyle Amor giving away a penalty, setting up Hodgson for his nerve-settling contribution.
It was perhaps rough justice on Wakefield, but Warrington simply reaped the benefit of outscoring their hosts seven tries to six, with Ryan Atkins, Joel Monaghan and Stefan Ratchford all getting braces. Richie Myler scored the other try for the Wolves with Hodgson kicking 13 points in all.
Peter Fox scored two tries for the Wildcats with Reece Lyne and Kyle Wood also crossing over while Sykes' boot added 10 points to his two scores.
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