Wrestlers return to mats for traditional tournaments
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Wyatt Wilkie, right, will have to lead his Creekview wrestlers into today’s Area 7AAAAA tournament with four days of missed practices due to canceled school. Creekview and Sequoyah, though, will be on equal footing with their rivals from other neighboring counties, which also saw their school days canceled amid this week’s winter storms.
<BR>Staff photo by Jeff Stanton
Wyatt Wilkie, right, will have to lead his Creekview wrestlers into today’s Area 7AAAAA tournament with four days of missed practices due to canceled school. Creekview and Sequoyah, though, will be on equal footing with their rivals from other neighboring counties, which also saw their school days canceled amid this week’s winter storms.
Staff photo by Jeff Stanton
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Despite missing nearly a week of practice with more than three days of canceled school, the Area 5AAAAAA traditional wrestling tournament will go on as scheduled today at Etowah.

Creekview, Sequoyah and River Ridge wrestlers will also be competing in their respective tournaments.

At Etowah, wrestlers will weigh in at 9 a.m., with the opening round of the area tournament beginning at 11 a.m. Organizers expect the meet to continue into the early evening.

Unlike the dual-format tournaments from earlier in January, traditional tournaments are every wrestler for their self. The top four placers from each area meet move on the sectional meets set for next weekend.

It’s no surprise that Etowah, which advanced to the quarterfinals of the state duals, had several wrestlers receive high seeds. Among them were Josh Thomas (fourth at 113 pounds), Alex Rusk (first, 120), Dylan Wagner (first, 126), Joey Payton (first, 132), Zeke Durham (second, 138), Jake Wagner (second, 145), Karl Davis (second, 152), Brandon Reibly (third, 160), Bronson Rechsteiner (first, 170), Ray Harding (third, 195) and Brad Morgan (285).

Wagner, Payton, Davis and Rechsteiner all received byes into the semifinals.

As for Woodstock, Alex Gomez (106) is a No. 3 seed, while Tristan Watson (113), a No. 2 seed, received a bye into the second round. Chris Gillmartin (126) another No. 2 seed, also received a bye.

Rudy Lamerique (132) is a No. 3 seed, while Zach Shareef was seeded No. 1 at 145. Duncan Morris (170) was seeded third, while London Demetriou (182) and Austin Biggers (195) were seeded second in their classes. Will Stumpf is the fourth seed at 220 and has a bye into the second round. Daniel Benitez was the top seed at 285.

Cherokee had just a few wrestlers seeded in the top four of their respective weight class. Among them were Maxwell McMahan, the second seed at 120, and Lee Hands, the fourth seed at 126.

Creekview coach Wyatt Wilkie said there were no surprises following the Area 7AAAAA seeding meeting. The biggest change is that the meet will be crammed into one day instead of two after the cancelation of school Friday prevented the meet from beginning.

The tournament will begin today at 9 a.m. at Kell.

Wilkie said he is excited to see his guys perform.

“With all this time off, we are as fresh as we have ever been,” he said. “We are just going to see what we can do.”

The Grizzlies, who have not practiced since Monday, have several top-seeded wrestlers in Bryce Davis (106), Hunter Smith (170), Joseph Sorrentino (182) and Brock Tupman (285). They all received byes into the quarterfinal round.

Meanwhile, No. 4 seeds Ryan Camp (126) and Coda Stewart (152) also received byes into the quarterfinals.

River Ridge will begin the Area 7AAAA tournament at 8:30 a.m. at Cass.

Coach Joseph Mullinax said it will be tough completing the entire tournament in one day.

“That’s the way we have to do it,” he said, “but everyone’s in the same boat.”
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