Columbus State University in Columbus, GA was the venue for the 35th Hardaway High School Invitational. 27 schools battled for team trophies and individual championships on Friday and Saturday.
Creekview, who did not place last year, took third in the overall team competition. Prior to the championship round, they were only behind eventual second place winner, Whitewater, by 6 points. Smith's Station came out with the top trophy.
Although short two wrestlers, the Grizzlies advanced a high percentage of wrestlers in the semi finals. Nine out of 12 would move on to the semis and eventually place in the top eight. Seven would medal in the top six.
Michael Edwards took the first championship for Creekview at the 138 lbs weight class with a victory over Cody Ashway of Kell in a hard fought 3-2 decision.
Joseph Sorrentino (182 lbs) improved on his 3rd place finish at Hardaway last year to take the championship this year with a third period pin over #1 seed Garrett Wilson of Prattville.
Hunter Smith also advanced to the championship round (160 lbs), but was defeated by Jarrett Thomas to finish in second place.
Joseph Sorrentino also was presented the Blake Reynolds Scholar Athlete award that recognizes athletic and academic excellence.
The Grizzlies brought home seven medals:
Michael Edwards (138lbs) - 1st Place - 5-0 (wins-losses)
Joseph Sorrentino (182 lbs) - 1st Place - 5-0
Hunter Smith (160 lbs) - 2nd Place - 4-1
Justin Pettyjohn (152 lbs) - 3rd Place - 4-1
Hunter Udall (170 lbs) - 3rd Place - 5-1
Ryan Camp (106 lbs) - 4th Place - 3-2
Logan Ridings (195 lbs) - 6th Place - 4-2
The Grizzlies travel to Chapel Hill N.C. next week.