The Creekview Invitational Tournament in Canton is a favorite of area teams. With 6 mats and great competition, it runs smoothly and gives everyone an idea of who they might see this winter as the season rolls on toward February.
The Grizzlies have a very competitive team this year. Under the watchful eye of Head Coach Wyatt Wilkie and veteran coaches T.J. McNellie and John Judkins, Creekview wrestlers are winning.
This weekend, the Grizzlies Varsity placed 10 wrestlers out of a possible 14 weight classes in the top 6. They took home a varsity team victory by beating tied Allatoona and Chestatee teams by over 30 points (195 to 163.5). Cherokee County teams Woodstock (142 Points for 4th place) and Cherokee (113 Points for 7th place), were the only local teams to make the top ten.
The finals featured 5 Grizzly wrestlers: Michael Edwards (138 lbs), Hunter Smith (160lbs), Hunter Udall (170 lbs), Joseph Sorrentino (182 lbs) and Brock Tupman (285lbs).
The Creekview action started with Michael Edwards and a hard fought match against Andy Voss of North Hall. A penalty call against Edwards in overtime was the difference in a 5-4 victory for Voss. Edwards finished in the runner up slot at 138 lbs.
Hunter Smith (160 lbs) was well up on points in the championship match, but due to a misstep in the second period, he was pinned by Jay Lyles of Chestatee.
Hunter Udall (170 lbs) faced John Metcalf of Cherokee. Although Metcalf is a top wrestler in the county, Udall dominated the match and finished with a major decision of 13-1 for the first CIT Championship of the night.
The next Grizzly finalist was Joseph Sorrentino at 182 lbs. Sorrentino was defending his title as champion of the 2011 CIT in the 182 lbs class. Sorrentino easily controlled the pace of the match and ended the contest with a pin early in the 3rd period over Brock Neilson of Cambridge.
Sorrentino was also selected as the Outstanding Heavyweight Wrestler of the tournament.
Brock Tupman of Creekview was the final competitor for the Grizzlies at heavyweight (285 lbs). Although Brock had a great tournament, he fell to Wes Pella of Woodstock in the first period to secure another runner up medal for Creekview.
Creekview wrestlers also secured many other places: 106 lbs: Ryan Camp – 3rd place, 126 lbs: Justin Goss - 5th place, 145 lbs: Austin Collett – 5th place, 152 lbs: Justin Pettyjohn – 3rd place, 220 lbs: Christian Saragusa – 6th place.
Creekview JV continued the domination with a 1st place team win and 12 placers.
106 lbs: Bryce Davis 1st place and Brody Ross 4th place
113 lbs: Austin Owen 1st place
138 lbs: Kyle Meranda 2nd place
152 lbs: John Cowart 1st place, Coda Stewart 2nd place and German Jiminez 6th place
160 lbs: Jason Arellano 6th place
170 lbs: Michael Crafton 1st place and Jack O’Donnell 4th place
195 lbs: Logan Ridings 3rd place
285 lbs: Cameron Kyle 2nd place
The Grizzlies travel to Sequoyah on Wednesday for their next event