Etowah, Creekview stumble at duals
by Emily Horos
ehoros@cherokeetribune.com
January 11, 2014 01:40 AM | 1233 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A state duals title won’t be coming to Cherokee County this year after the two teams that made the trip to Macon fell into the consolation bracket with losses Friday.

Creekview and Etowah remain in the hunt for a spot on the podium, however, and could finish as high as third in their respective classifications.

The Grizzlies, seeded second in Class AAAAA, beat Effingham County 47-23 on Friday morning to move into the semifinal.

Bryce Davis (106 pounds), Grant Slater (120), Justin Goss (132), Kyle Merenda (145) and Joseph Sorrentino (182) all won by pin. Other winners for the Grizzlies included Ryan Camp (113), Coda Stewart (152), Hunter Graham (132) and Hunter Smith (170).

The win over Effingham County advanced Creekview into the semifinals, where it suffered a 37-20 loss to Woodland-Bartow.

The Grizzlies were left to come back this morning for the consolation semifinals against Whitewater or Clarke Central.

Pope, which defeated Creekview for the Area 7AAAAA title, will face Woodland-Bartow in the championship round this afternoon.

Etowah, a No. 5 seed, fell into the consolation bracket of the Class AAAAAA tournament after getting overwhelmed by Collins Hill 48-15 in an early contest Friday.

Losing to the perennial powerhouse and falling into the consolation bracket meant short rest for Etowah and a consolation match with Roswell — the same team the Eagles beat for the Area 5AAAAAA championship last week.

The results were similar this time as Etowah edged to a 34-30 victory, setting up a consolation quarterfinal with former area rival Marietta, which the Eagles also won, this time by a 40-25 margin.

“I’m just proud of our guys,” Etowah coach Charles Higdon said. “They wrestled with a lot of heart.”

Etowah was set to open today’s final day of action in a consolation semifinal with North Forsyth. The No. 2 seed was upset Friday in a semifinal-round loss to Camden County, which will face defending champion Archer for the title today.
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