2 State Medals for Creekview
At this weekend's 4-AAAA State Wrestling Championships, senior Joe Hulen (138-pound weight class) won fourth place and junior Michael Edwards (132) placed sixth.
Six Creekview Grizzlies competed in the 2012 Georgia State Traditional Wrestling Championships at The Arena at Gwinnett Center. Held Thursday through Saturday, Creekview battled wrestlers form all over the state.
- Senior Joe Hulen (138-pound weight class) had a rough start with a close 3-2 loss to Kadeem Combs of Clarke Central. He easily defeated Lee Cash of Woodland with a 13-5 major decision, Davis Burson of Pope with a 9-1 major decision and Eli Carson with a 7-3 decision. Hulen went on to win a close 4-3 contest over Matt Andres of Marist. That put Hulen in the consolation finals with Aaron Huff of Paulding County for a possible third place. After a hard fought match, Hulen came home with fourth place and the top Grizzly finish for the tournament.
- Junior Michael Edwards (132) started with a 3-2 decision over Trevor Kennedy of Whitewater and a close 2-1 overtime win against Tyler McCance of Loganville. This guaranteed Edwards a top six finish. He lost a 2-1 decision to Michael Nelms of Lambert and his two following bouts to end up at 2-3. This would get him on the podium in sixth place and add to the Grizzlies medal count.
- Freshman Nate Bridges (106) started out strong with a 9-0 decision over Zach Nagorski of Brunswick. He went 0-2 to finish 1-2 for the tournament.
- Junior Cullen Castle (120) dropped his first match in a close 2-1 battle with senior Andrew Parsons of Whitewater. Castle rebounded with a 3-2 decision over Jarrett Marshall of North Columbus. After a 5-0 loss to Tristan Yaptengo of Winder, Castle finished 1-2.
- Junior Hunter Udall (152) started with a pin against Jacob Hudgins of Woodland in the second period. After a second match loss to Jake Henson of Pope, Udall came back to win a 3-1 decision against CJ Williams of Clarke Central. After a fourth round loss, Udall finished 2-2 for the tournament.
- Sophmore Joseph Sorrentino's (170) first match was a second period pin over Zach Edmonds of South Effingham. A 9-4 loss to Isiah Spurgean of Rome was followed up by a 3-0 win against Jared Hawes of Northwest Whitfield. After a fourth round loss, Sorrentino finished 2-2.
Although Creekview would have liked more medals, the team's future is bright under the direction of head coach Wyatt Wilkie and co-coach Kevin Higgins. After the loss of many seniors last year, the 2012 team rallied back with support from a strong group of juniors, sophomores and freshmen. All are returning next year.