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Spartans third at own invite


Imlay has four champs, one second


January 10, 2018
IMLAY CITY — The Imlay City wrestling team generated an output of 177.5 points, helping them lock up a third-place showing last Saturday at the 31st Annual Tri-City Times Spartan Invitational it hosted.

Lake Fenton topped the standings with 191.5 points that day. They were followed by Mt. Morris (190 points), Imlay City (177.5), Oxford (155), Ovid-Elsie (110), Byron (98), Royal Oak (90), St. Clair (72), Clawson (64), Hamady (55), Lutheran North (48), Flint Southwestern Academy (43), Flint Beecher (37), Flint Powers (28), Carrollton (24), Algonac (23), Harper Woods (18), Webberville (15) and Lansing Waverly (12).

Eric Pawlaczyk, Wesley Hampton, Hunter Mullins and Joe Harper led Imlay City with firsts. Pawlaczyk reached the championship encounter at 119 pounds where he earned a 3-2 win against Flint Beecher's Khalil Moten; Hampton gained admittance to the 130-pound title match where he pinned Lake Fenton's Gavin Lawrence with 3:22 gone; Mullins made the championship encounter at 145 pounds where he registered an 18-2 triumph against Byron's Logan Zakoor; and Harper made it to the 285-pound title match where he prevailed 6-4 in sudden victory over Ovid-Elsie's Zachary Morris.

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Imlay City's Hunter Mullins (top) won the 145-pound title at the Spartan Invite. photo by Kevin Kissane.

Dakota Sandzik provided Imlay City with a second. Sandzik reached the championship encounter at 103 pounds where he was pinned by St. Clair's Cam Haslem with 37 seconds gone.

Mason Phillips gave Imlay City a third, accomplishing the feat when he pinned Flint Beecher's David Brown with 1:51 gone in their bout at 125 pounds.

Zac Hellebuyck supplied the next best Imlay City showing, obtaining a fifth. Hellebuyck concluded his run at 152 pounds when he pinned Algonac's Jacob Bottle with 4:03 elapsed.

Jai Ceri Sofikitis rounded out the list of Imlay City placewinners, contributing a sixth. Sofikitis ended his tournament stint when he was pinned with 16 seconds gone by Oxford's Thomas Wandrie.

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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