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Lee places second at senior nationals, wins professional MMA debut

The Lee boys are back up to their old tricks again. Carson and Hunter Lee were back on the mat at a national meet late last month, wrestling against stiff competition.
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The Lee brothers - from left, Maguire, Carson and Hunter - pose during Canada West wrestling championships in Saskatoon last week. The three are all members of the Univ. of Saskatchewan Huskies wrestling program this year - Carson and Hunter took home gold in their weight classes.

The Lee boys are back up to their old tricks again.

Carson and Hunter Lee were back on the mat at a national meet late last month, wrestling against stiff competition.

Both Lees took part in the recent Wrestling Canada Lutte Senior Canadian Wrestling Trials in Edmonton, with Hunter coming second in his division against some of Canada’s top athletes.

Grappling in the senior 86-kilogram freestyle classification, Hunter would win 11-0 against Julien Choquette, sending him to the bracket semifinals. There, he would defeat Maxim Cote by the same margin, setting up a bout with Alex Moore for first place.

There, Lee would fall just short, losing to Moore 5-0, but the Flin Flonner would come back in a second place match against fellow Huskies wrestler Andrew Johnson, picking up a 10-0 win.

While Hunter did not win gold, he did pick up some more hardware, winning the Wrestling Canada Lutte Under-23 Male Athlete of the Year award.

Carson did not have the same luck at the event. Wrestling in the senior 74-kilogram freestyle class, Carson was injured in his first match about four minutes in, losing to eventual champion Patrik Leder.

 

Mixed martial arts

Hunter isn’t just making waves on the mat these days - he’s doing so in the cage as well.

Hunter returned to mixed martial arts last month, making his professional MMA debut at Unified MMA 44 on the Tsuut’ina Nation near Calgary.

Fighting at middleweight, Lee faced fellow debutant Kristopher Bryan, fighting out of Calgary. Hunter - who has acquired the nickname “the Hulk” - went the full three rounds and 15 minutes with Bryan before winning the bout by unanimous decision. It was Lee’s second win in the octagon, coming after a quick submission victory in his amateur debut last August.