Creekview Wrestler, Joseph Sorrentino (182lbs), finished his perfect, 55-0 season with a state championship to close out his high school career.
In addition to being the first wrestling champion, Sorrentino made Grizzly history as the first ever Creekview State Champion in any sport. With 38 pins along the way, including a record setting pin of 7 seconds, he was determined to finish on top of the podium. He easily pinned his first 2 opponents in the first period. In the semi final on day 2, he had a low scoring battle against Cody Webb of Allatoona to come out on top 2-1. The final would be a 6-0 victory against A.J. Spencer of Union Grove. Sorrentino controlled the match through all 3 periods to take the 182lbs state championship.
When asked what he attributed his perfect season and championship to, he stated that the hard practices and support of his parents were a major factor. When asked how it felt to go out on top, Sorrentino said "It feels pretty good to go out on top actually. You know they always tell you, "You can be happy, but don't be satisfied", but I think at this point I can be satisfied".
Sorrentino has decided not to wrestle in college. He has been accepted to Georgia Tech and plans to pursue a degree in aerospace technology.
The Grizzlies had more to celebrate. Hunter Smith (170lbs), won his first match by tech fall 21-6 and his second one by 5-0 decision. Smith would also have a battle in the semi final against Jacob Sledge of South Paulding. Smith came out on top 12-10 to advance to the 170lbs final. Elijah Kerr-Brown would prove to be too much for Smith in a close 6-3 decision for the title.
Freshman, Bryce Davis (106lbs), would make a big impression on division 5A in his first showing. After a pin and a 6-1 win to start 2-0, he would lose the semi to Seth Osborne of OLA in a 2-0 decision. Davis came back strong in the consolation bracket and picked up back to back wins against Whitewater and Woodland to rise to a 3rd place finish.
Grant Slater (120lbs), also came out of the gate with two wins. A 14-1 major decision and a close 1-0 win. He would then lose a close 6-5 decision in the semis. Slater would win against Allatoona 5-2, but then miss the 3rd place spot with a 9-5 loss to Dunwoody to finish at 4th.
Creekview had 6 more wrestlers in the mix. Coda Stewart (152lbs) would pick up a 9-4 decision and a huge pin with 4 seconds left in the 3rd period when he was down 14-5 to Union Grove. Christian Saragusa (220lbs) picked up two second period pins. Ryan Camp (126lbs), Justin Goss (132lbs) and Brock Tupman (285lbs) would all go 1-2.
Creekview has much to look forward to as 8 out of the 10 qualifiers, including Kyle Merenda (145lbs), who went 0-2 will be back next year.
As a team, the Grizzlies placed a respectable 5th overall.
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