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Spartan grapplers repeat as Durand Tourney champs


Mullins and Harper win titles, five others place


January 18, 2017
IMLAY CITY — The Imlay City wrestling team generated 145 points, paving the way to a first-place showing last Saturday at the Durand Tournament.

It marked the second straight year Imlay City has earned the distinction of tournament champions.

Perry took second place on the strength of a total of 122 points. Mayville rounded out the top-three schools with 114 points.

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The Imlay City wrestling team poses for a photo after winning the Durand Tournament last Saturday.

Hunter Mullins and Joe Harper led Imlay City with firsts that day. Mullins reached the 140-pound title encounter where he handed Mayville's Ben Hulley a 13-4 setback and Harper advanced to the championship clash at 215 pounds where pinned Haslett's Domion Tijerina with 5:04 gone.

Eric Pawlaczyk and Kyle Kulin claimed Imlay City's seconds. Pawlaczyk made it to the 119-pound title encounter where he fell 8-3 to Vassar's Hunter Baker and Kulin reached the championship clash at 135 pounds where he dropped a 7-2 outcome to Durand's Gus Richter.

Wesley Hampton, Luke Stephens and Jaykob Shaw added thirds to Imlay City's cause. Hampton advanced to 125-pound consolation finals where he pinned Vassar's Thomas Herrington with 37 seconds gone; Stephens reached the consolation finals at 130 pounds where he picked up a 13-1 victory over Fenton's Jayden Rittenbury; and Shaw gained admittance to the 189-pound consolation finals where he pinned Mayville's Logan LaBean with 2:31 elapsed.

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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