Imlay City's Hunter Mullins looks to gain control of his 140-pound bout versus Algonac's Brendan Budzeak last Wednesday at Capac. photo by Kevin Kissane.
January 25, 2017TRI-CITY AREA — Imlay City saw to it that they would prevail, earning a 34-30 win against Algonac (no. 6, Division 3) in a Blue Water Area Conference wrestling battle last Wednesday at Capac High School.
A ground consisting of Kody King, Wesley Hampton and Kyle Kulin led Imlay City with wins by pin. King took 1:30 to stop Colton Langewicz at 112 pounds; Hampton beat 125-pound foe Patrick Gunnells; and Kulin required 25 seconds to defeat Drake Hiltunen at 135 pounds.
Jaykob Shaw (189) provided Imlay City with a victory by void.
Luke Stephens supplied Imlay City a triumph by major decision, accomplishing the feat with an 11-2 outcome versus Mark Langewicz at 130 pounds.
Eric Pawlaczyk and Hunter Mullins tacked on wins by decision to Imlay City's cause. The former notched a 5-0 victory over 119-pound counterpart Casey Pruitt and the latter registered an 8-3 triumph against Brendan Budzeak at 135 pounds.
Earlier that night, Imlay City squared off versus Capac. That clash drew to a close with Imlay City posting a 66-15 triumph.
A group consisting of King, Pawlaczyk, Stephens, Adriel Rojas, Zac Hellebuyck, Shaw, Joe Harper and Jamie Morse led Imlay City with wins by pin. King needed 1:13 to stop Lee at 112 pounds; Pawlaczyk required 31 seconds to turn back 135-pound foe Dylan Wojie; Stephens took 1:00 to defeat Thomas Wheeler at 130 pounds; Rojas needed 3:25 to best 140-pound counterpart Matt Rickman; Hellebuyck required 1:24 to down Lonnie Fritz at 145 pounds; Shaw took 42 seconds to upend 189-pound rival Omar Canelo; and Morse required 3:46 to conquer 285-pound adversary Gerardo Navarro.
Hampton (125), Hollie Rager (152) and Julian Dervishi (160) added victories by void to Imlay City's cause.
Anthony Trudo and Thomas Tyson paced Capac with triumphs via the pinfall route. Trudo took 3:53 to defeat Mullins at 135 pounds and Tyson needed 1:56 to beat 171-pound foe Chad Klass.
Madison Wheeler was the other Capac grappler who prevailed. She picked up a 7-4 win over Olivia Moore at 103 pounds.
In the night's other dual, Capac dropped a 66-15 verdict to Cros-Lex (no. 10, Division 3).
Gerardo Navarro led Capac with a win by pin. It took him 3:36 to defeat Blake Falter at 285 pounds.
Justin Lee (112) gave Capac a victory by void.
Anthony Trudo notched Capac's other triumph, accomplishing the feat with a 10-8 outcome versus Garrett Gelinski at 135 pounds.
With the results, Imlay City goes to 12-8 and 5-1. Capac slips to 11-16 and 1-5.
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.