Sorrentino goes out as a state champion
by Emily Horos
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Joseph Sorrentino
Joseph Sorrentino
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Creekview’s Joseph Sorrentino finished his wrestling career in the best way possible.

He’s a state champion.

Sorrentino won each of his five matches at 182 pounds in the Class AAAAA tournament in Loganville, capped off by a 2-1 decision over Union Grove’s A.J. Spencer in the finals.

Sorrentino, who’s opted not to wrestle in college, finished as a state runner-up last season, and winning a state title was one of the goals for his senior season.

Sorrentino is the first Creekview wrestler to win a state championship, and the first Cherokee County wrestler to win one since Etowah’s Jeremiah Lutz did it in 2011.

“It’s huge,” Creekview coach Wyatt Wilkie said. “(Sorrentino) has had his sights set on it for a while, so for him to reach his goal is awesome. He was able to finish the season with a win.”

While Sorrentino was the only Creekview wrestler to finish the season as a champion, several others were placers.

Hunter Smith (170) advanced to the finals before he lost a 6-3 decision to Rome’s Elijah Kerr-Brown.

Creekview freshman Bryce Davis (106) advanced to the semifinals before suffering his first loss. He then won his final two matches to finish third overall.

Wilkie said it’s great to have a young wrestler like Davis do so well in the state meet.

“He’s worked his tail off, and I’m looking forward to three more years and seeing what he can do with them,” Wilkie said.

Also placing for Creekview was Grant Slater (120), who came in fourth.

As a team, the Grizzlies finished fifth with 91.5 points. With 10 qualifiers, they had more than any other program.

Wilkie said he couldn’t be disappointed with how his wrestlers finished the season.

“Four placers is pretty good and a top-five finish in the state is a good year,” Wilkie said.

Cambridge won the team title with 132 points, followed by Allatoona (123.5), Pope (122.5) and Woodland-Bartow (122.5). The top seven team placements were comprised of programs from just two different areas — Creekview’s 7AAAAA, and the adjacent Area 5AAAAA.

In the Class AAAAAA tournament at Chattahoochee, neither Woodstock nor Etowah had a champion crowned, but they did had a few placers.

Woodstock’s Zach Shareef (145) placed third in his weight class to lead the county’s wrestlers.

Also placing were Woodstock’s Alex Gomez (sixth, 106) and Etowah teammates Joey Payton (sixth, 132) and Brandon Reibly (sixth, 160).
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