Creekview wins invitational
by Chris Byess
cbyess@cherokeetribune.com
December 09, 2012 01:22 AM | 2011 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CANTON — Hosting its annual invitational tournament, Creekview saw the final standings reflect exactly what it hoped to see.

With a total of 195 points, the Grizzlies easily overcame the rest of the 17-team tournament and won the title.

Four of the county’s other five teams were also competing — Woodstock was fourth with 142 points, while Cherokee finished seventh with 113. Sequoyah and River Ridge couldn’t crack the top 10, and finished 13th and 15th respectively.

The Grizzlies had five wrestlers competing in the finals, two of which came out on top.

After watching two of his teammates finish second, Hunter Udall became the first Grizzly to win his weight class with a dominant 13-1 major decision against Cherokee’s John Metcalf at 170 pounds.

Udall dominated the first two periods with numerous takedowns and near-falls before coasting in the third to pick up the victory.

Creekview then won its second weight class of the night in its very next match, when defending Creekview Invitational Tournament champion Joseph Sorrentino pinned Cambridge’s Brock Nielson early in the third period at 182.

Other top-four placers for Creekview included Brock Tupman (second, 285 pounds), Michael Edwards (second, 138), Hunter Smith (second, 160), Ryan Camp (third, 106) and Justin Pettyjohn (third, 152).

“I think we did well,” Creekview coach Wyatt Wilkie said. “To get five in the finals was good. I wish we could have had a few more champions, but we saw some good things.”

Though Cherokee and Woodstock were unable to keep up with Creekview, they were not without success, as both teams managed to place a wrestler on top of the podium.

Cherokee’s Blake Walker scored the first pin in the 120-pound final, beating Chestatee’s Austin Donaldson 45 seconds into the second period.

“Blake is hitting his stride,” Cherokee coach Lance Riccio said. “He hasn’t had a lot of time on the mat, but I’m not worried about him.”

Within the first 3 minutes of the match, Walker had already taken a commanding 11-2 lead before he put Donaldson’s shoulders on the mat for good.

Also placing for Cherokee were Andrew Torrence (second, 126), John Metcalf (second, 170) and Dusty Phyte (fourth, 160).

The most dominant performance of the night was turned in by Woodstock’s Wes Pella, who needed only 32 seconds to pin Tupman to give the Wolverines their lone champion.

Pella scored a takedown roughly 20 seconds into the match before easily pressing Tupman’s shoulders to the mat for the victory 12 seconds later.

Woodstock saw four other wrestlers place in the top four — Will Stumpf (third, 195), London Demetriou (third, 170), Zach Shareef (third, 138) and Duncan Morris (fourth, 182).

Though it didn’t manage to put a wrestler in the top four, Sequoyah saw two of its wrestlers place — Brad LeSelva (fifth, 170) and Tito Terrientes (fifth, 220).
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