TRI-CITY AREA — The Imlay City and Almont wrestling teams went 2-0 and 0-2, respectively, in Blue Water Area Conference action last Wednesday.
Imlay City High School is where the action unfolded.
The two teams began their evening on the mats against each other. That contest drew to a close with Imlay City ahead by a 52-18 count.
Wesley Hampton, Hunter Mullins, Jaykob Shaw, Joe Harper and Jamie Morse led Imlay City with wins by pin. Hampton took 5:41 to defeat 5:41 to defeat Jacob Burchi at 125 pounds; Mullins required 1:35 to conquer 135-pound foe Nick Ferrante; Shaw needed 46 seconds to stop Aiden Powell at 189 pounds; Harper took 4:52 to best 215-pound counterpart Hunter Spies; and Morse required 1:11 to down Dillon Kruse at 285 pounds.
Eric Pawlaczyk (119), Adriel Rojas (135) and Zac Hellebuyck ( 145) provided Imlay City with victories by void.
Luke Stephens was the other Imlay City grappler who prevailed, posting a 17-4 triumph against 130-pound adversary Colby Querciagrossa.
Jack DeMara, Gavin Dempz, Colton Kruse and Robbie Battani paced Almont with wins by pin. DeMara needed 1:15 to turn back 103-pound rival Olivia Moore; Dempz took 5:45 to defeat Austin Torres at 112 pounds; Kruse required 2:37 to beat 160-pound foe Julian Dervishi; and Battani needed 23 seconds to upend Chad Klass at 171 pounds.
Earlier that evening, Imlay City notched a 49-28 victory over Yale.
Pawlaczyk led Imlay City with a triumph by pin. He pinned 119-pound counterpart Hunter Marriott with 1:15 gone.
Moore (103), Stephens (130), Kyle Kulin (135), Klass (171), Shaw (189) and Harper (215) gave Imlay City wins by void.
Hampton provided Imlay City with a victory by major decision, registering an 8-0 triumph over Kolton Antilla at 125 pounds.
Mullins added a win by decision to Imlay City's cause. He defeated 140-pound adversary Noah Bradshaw, 5-2.
In the night's other dual, Cros-Lex registered a 57-18 triumph against Almont.
A group consisting of Dempz, Querciagrossa and Spies led Almont with wins by pin. Dempz took 1:59 to beat Jack Scheland at 103 pounds; Querciagrossa needed 37 seconds to defeat 130-pound foe Noah Mills; and Spies required 3:15 to down 215-pound foe Jase Jolley.
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.