Creekview kicks off state tourney strong
by Emily Horos
ehoros@cherokeetribune.com
February 22, 2014 04:00 AM | 1196 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Grant Slater, right, is one of four Creekview wrestlers who made it into the semifinals of the Class AAAAA traditional championships Friday at Loganville.
<Br>Staff file photo by Jeff Stanton
Grant Slater, right, is one of four Creekview wrestlers who made it into the semifinals of the Class AAAAA traditional championships Friday at Loganville.
Staff file photo by Jeff Stanton
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After the beginning of the traditional state championships, a handful of Cherokee County wrestlers are unbeaten and will continue in the semifinals of their respective classifications in the morning.

Others wrestlers who lost held on to the chance of medaling.

In the Class AAAAA tournament at Loganville High School, Creekview’s 10 representatives started off strong, with four advancing into the semifinals.

Freshman Bryce Davis (106 pounds) won his first two matches by pin and decision and will face Ola’s Seth Osborne in the semifinals.

Joseph Sorrentino (182), a state runner-up last season, also made reaching the semifinals look easy. He pinned both of his opponents, with the second one coming in just 16 seconds over Cambridge’s Eric Cizek, a Region 7AAAAA rival.

Sorrentino will face Allatoona’s Cody Webb today for a chance at returning to the championship match.

Grant Slater (120) is also in the semifinals after winning a pair of narrow decisions, and he will face Woodland-Bartow’s Jake Huffine in his first match today.

Hunter Smith (170) gave the Grizzlies another wrestler in the semifinals when he finished his match against Woodland’s Jermel Lewis with a 5-0 decision. He will face South Paulding’s Jacob Sledge in the semifinals.

Creekview’s Christian Saragusa (220) pinned his first opponent, but he lost his second match of the day and is now competing in the consolation bracket. That was also the case for Brock Tupman (285).

Four other Creekview wrestlers — Ryan Camp (126), Justin Goss (132), Kyle Merenda (145) and Coda Stewart (152) — lost their opening matches and fell into the consolation bracket. They will attempt to wrestle their way back up through the ranks to finish as high as third.

In the Class AAAAAA tournament at Chattahoochee, Etowah had three wrestlers win their opening matches, while Woodstock saw just one advance in the championship bracket.

Etowah’s Joey Payton (132) won his first two matches by pin and will compete against Archer’s Grant Aycox in the semifinals today. Likewise, Brandon Reibly (160) is in the semifinals after a pair of pins and will face Archer’s Daniel Bullard.

Meanwhile, Etowah’s Karl Davis (152) won his first match, but he lost the second by decision and fell into the consolation bracket, where he will continue wrestling today.

Also advancing to the semifinals was Woodstock’s Zach Shareef (145), who won with a major decision and a decision. He will face Parkview’s Kamaal Shakur in today’s semifinal.

Woodstock’s Alex Gomez (106) was among those who lost in the first round and fell into the consolation bracket. Also meeting with that fate were the Wolverines’ Tristan Watson (113), London Demetriou (182), Austin Bigges (195) and Daniel Benitez (285), Etowah’s Dylan Wagner (126) and Bronson Rechsteiner (170) and Cherokee’s Max McMahan (120).

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