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Stephens repeats as National champion


Teammate Sandzik places fifth



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Luke Stephens, of Imlay City, holding the 2010 NUWAY National Championship trophy. This was Luke’s second straight national title.
April 28, 2010
IMLAY CITY — A pair of Imlay City Titan grapplers found themselves among the placewinners at the NUWAY (National United Wrestling Association for Youth) National Championships contested recently.

The tournament was contested in Battle Creek on April 17.

Luke Stephens, representing Team Michigan, took first place in the 7-8 age group at 56 pound.

It marked the second straight year Stephens has won a national title.

Dakota Sandzik, representing Team Michigan, ranked fifth in the 5-6 age group at 47 pounds.

Both of the aforementioned grapplers were named All-Americans for their accomplishments.

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Dakota Sandzik, of Imlay City, took fifth at the National NUWAY Championships. Dakota placed in the 47-lb weight class, age group 5-6 years old.

Their teammate Evan Sutton also qualified for the NUWAY Nationals, but did not place.

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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