Creekview finished on the podium today in a team best performance. With a core of veterans and many young, but talented and motivated wrestlers, the Grizzlies took 4th at State Duals.
For most of these wrestlers, it was their first time in a large venue. The Macon Centreplex was running 10 mats in a huge arena. This experience will benefit them if they are able to qualify for Traditional State as the season progresses.
Thursday night was the first round. Creekview was seeded second. Lee County wrestled well. They went up over the Grizzlies to start things 4-0. A pin by Christian Saragusa (220lbs) would make it 6-4.
Brock Tupman (258lbs) and Bryce Davis (106lbs) would both get decisions to give Creekview a 13-4 advantage.
A pin by Grant Slater (120) and a decision by Ryan Camp (126) would bring the total to 22-10 with 7 bouts remaining.
Creekview would struggle with 4 straight losses until Austin Graham (160) came up. He scored a takedown in the first period, but his opponent was injured and was unable to continue.
Hunter Smith (170) won by decision and brought the Grizzlies to a 31-25 margin over Lee.
The final bout was Joseph Sorrentino (182). Unless he was pinned, forcing a tie, the Grizzlies would win the match. Sorrentino finished up the win with a 23 second pin in the first period.
The quarterfinals Friday morning against Effingham saw the Grizzlies wrestling well.
Pins by Bryce Davis (106), Grant Slater (120), Justin Goss (120), Kyle Merenda (145), and Joseph Sorrentino (182), coupled with wins by Ryan Camp (126), Coda Stewart (152), Austin Graham (160), Hunter Smith (170) and Christian Saragusa (220) rocketed the Grizzlies to a 47-23 finish over Effingham.
In the Semi Finals, Creekview seemed unable to get any traction against a Woodland team they beat earlier in the year in a close match. The final was 37-20. The Grizzlies would drop to the consolation bracket and face Whitewater, Saturday morning, in a battle to move up for a chance for a chance at 3rd place.
Once again, the Grizzlies came out to win. Pins from Slater (120), Camp (126), Saragusa (220) and Tupman (285) would be supplemented by wins from Davis (106), Goss (132), H. Graham (138), Merenda (145), Smith (170), and Sorrentino (182). Creekview would defeat Whitewater 43-22.
The final to determine 3rd and 4th place was against Allatoona. Once again, the Grizzlies were unable to really get a rally going, and despite pins by Sorrentino (182), Saragusa (220) and Tupman (285) and wins by Slater (120) and Stewart (152), they fell 43-24.
Creekview travels to Whitewater next weekend.