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Hampton, Mullins, Trudo are league champions


Spartans fourth, Chiefs fifth, Raiders sixth in standings


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Capac 130-pounder Anthony Trudo looks to finish off his bout versus a Richmond adversary Saturday at the BWAC Tournament. photo by Kevin Kissane.

February 08, 2017
TRI-CITY AREA — The Imlay City, Capac and Almont wrestling teams claimed respective finishes of fourth, fifth and sixth at the Blue Water Area Conference Tournament last Saturday.

Armada High School is where the action unfolded.

Richmond paced the eight-team field with 248 points. Cros-Lex (169 points), Algonac (150), Imlay City (137), Capac (74), Almont (70), Armada (69) and Yale (59) held down places two through eight.

Wesley Hampton and Hunter Mullins led Imlay City with firsts that day. Hampton reached the 125-pound championship confrontation where he earned a 4-2 win against Cros-Lex's Christopher Lilly and Mullins advanced to the title tilt at 135 pounds where he picked up a 7-4 victory over Richmond's Owen Vannater.

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Jaykob Shaw provided Imlay City with a second. Shaw gained admittance to the 189-pound championship confrontation where he dropped an 11-0 verdict to Richmond's Colton McKiernan.

Luke Stephens and Joe Harper gave Imlay City thirds. Stephens reached the consolation final at 130 pounds where he registered an 11-5 triumph against Algonac's Mark Langewicz and Harper advanced to the 215-pound consolation finals where he posted a 5-4 win over Almont's Hunter Spies.

Eric Pawlaczyk, Kyle Kulin, Adriel Rojas and Zac Hellebuyck added fourths to Imlay City's cause. Pawlaczyk gained admittance to the consolation finals at 119 pounds where he was pinned with 4:37 gone by Richmond's Hunter Seguin; Kulin reached the 135-pound consolation finals where he fell 8-4 to Cros-Lex's Garrett Gelinski; Rojas advanced to the consolation finals at 140 pounds where he dropped a 6-5 verdict to Yale's Noah Bradshaw; and Hellebuyck gained admittance to the 145-pound consolation finals where he fell 4-0 to Algonac's James Ladd.

Anthony Trudo headlined for Capac that day. Trudo reached the 130-pound title encounter where he secured an 8-2 victory over Armada's Robert Nowik.

Gerardo Navarro gave Capac a second. Navarro advanced to the championship bout at 285 pounds where he was pinned by Algonac's Mike Nykoriak with 26 seconds gone.

Dylan Wojie notched Capac's other placewinning performance. Wojie gained admittance to the 112-pound consolation finals where he registered an 11-9 triumph against Richmond's Daniel McNichol.

Jacob Burchi led Almont with a second. Burchi reached the championship confrontation at 119 pounds where he dropped a 7-3 verdict to Richmond's Josh Barton.

Jack DeMara contributed a third to Almont's cause. DeMara advanced to the 103-pound consolation finals where he pinned Algonac's Jason Perez with 2:02 gone.

Hunter Spies completed the list of Almont placewinners that day. He gained admittance to the consolation finals at 215 pounds where he fell 5-4 to Imlay City's Joe Harper.

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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