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Spartans finish second


Nine grapplers place in 18-team tourney


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Imlay City 189-pounder Jaykob Shaw looks to notch a pin at the Tri-City Times Spartan Invite. photo by Kevin Kissane.

January 11, 2017
IMLAY CITY — The Imlay City wrestling team accumulated 173 points en route to a second-place finish at the Tri-City Times Spartan Invitational it hosted last Saturday.

Mt. Morris paced the 18-team field with 245 points. They were followed by Imlay City (173 points), Clawson (138), Flint Beecher (121), Oxford 'B' team (116.5), Byron (103), Gladwin (89), St. Clair (81.5), Royal Oak (81), Webberville (60.5), Lutheran North (50), Burton Bentley (49), Algonac 'B' team (47), Ovid-Elsie (39), Flint Powers (34.5), Carrollton (28.5), Lansing Waverly (27) and Valley Lutheran (12.5).

Luke Stephens headlined for Imlay City, claiming a first. He reached the title encounter at 130 pounds where he defeated Mt. Morris foe Ethan Dunham by a score of 9-3.

For his showing, Stephens received MVP accolades for the lower weight classes.

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A group consisting of Hunter Mullins, Jaykob Shaw and Joe Harper gave Imlay City seconds. Mullins made it to the championship clash at 140 pounds where he dropped a 5-3 verdict to Mt. Morris counterpart Jake Allen; Shaw advanced to the 189-pound title encounter where he fell 9-4 to Webberville's Mason Rife; and Harper advanced to the championship clash at 215 pounds where he was pinned by Mt. Morris adversary John Doughty with 4:45 elapsed.

Eric Pawlaczyk, Wesley Hampton, Adriel Rojas, Zac Hellebucyk and Jamie Morse added thirds to Imlay City's cause. Pawlaczyk closed out his run at 119 pounds when he pinned Oxford's Nathan Call with 4:42 gone; Hampton finished his stint with a pin at the 2:45 mark of his bout versus Carrollton's Logan Leaym at 125 pounds; Rojas ended his run at 135 pounds by pinning Gladwin's Jacob Breault with 3:57 elapsed; Hellebuyck concluded his day on the mats with a 12-6 triumph against Ovid-Elsie's David Hammond at 152 pounds; and Morse completed his stint with a pin at the 3:24 mark of his bout with Algonac's Steve Nugent.

Kevin Kissane has been covering high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When not standing on a field or court with his camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, travel and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, and is also a grad of St. Clair Community College and earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.
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