TRI-CITY AREA — A total of five grapplers hailing from the Tri-City Area notched placewinning performances last Saturday at the NUWAY Individual Nationals.
The Lansing Center served as the tournament venue.
Wesley Hampton, of Imlay City, ended his stint there as a national champion. Hampton, who was competing in the 17-19 age group, reached the title bout of the 133-pound weight class where he pinned Christian Silver (Elite Athletic Club) with 1:22 gone.
Capac's Anthony Trudo would claim a top weight class finish as well. Trudo, who was participating in the 17-19 age division, won the 138-pound championship with an 8-4 outcome versus Hunter Derry (Titan Pipeline).
Hunter Mullins, of Imlay City, provided the next best showing among the Tri-City Area contingent on hand with a third. Mullins, who was competing in the 17-19 age group, concluded tournament action with an 11-2 victory over Dakota Hamilton (The Sting) at 155 pounds.
Imlay City's Paris Houghten, who was participating in the 19U age group, advanced to the fifth place match at 139 pounds where she registered a 7-6 triumph against Shanna Morris (unattached).
Cristian Rojas, of Imlay City, rounded out the list of Tri-City Area placewinners with a seventh that day. Rojas, who was participating in the 13-14 age division, wrapped up his tournament run with a 11-9 win against Kenyon Boyer (Harvey Twisters) in sudden victory at 118 pounds.
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.