Prep Roundup: Grizzlies take second in region
by Cherokee Tribune staff reports
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Creekview was left to settle for second Saturday, after the conclusion of the Region 7AAAAA traditional wrestling championships.

The Grizzlies scored 219.5 team points, well behind powerhouse Pope, which had 347.5 points off the strength of nine individual champions.

Creekview closed the tournament with just one champion — Hunter Udall at 170 pounds — but the Grizzlies finished high as a team thanks to four runners-up, five third-place finishers and two fourth-place finishers.

The top four finishers in each weight class advanced into next week’s Class AAAAA state sectional at Loganville.

Udall will be joined by 11 of his teammates at the sectional, including runners-up Ryan Camp (106), Hunter Smith (160), Joseph Sorrentino (182) and Christian Saragusa (220).

Justin Goss (120), Michael Edwards (138) and Austin Collett (145), Justin Pettyjohn (152) and Brock Tupman (285) were third, while Grant Slater (113) and Logan Ridings (195) had fourth-place finishes.

Sequoyah, though it finished ninth of 10 teams, did manage to advance four wrestlers into the sectional.

Brad LaSelva finished third at 170, while Alex Bryant (126), Keegan Grodi (160) and Wyatt Jacobs (220) were fourth at their weight classes.

After Pope and Creekview, Cambridge, Kell, Sprayberry, Northview, Forsyth Central and Riverwood followed in the team standings. Osborne was 10th after Sequoyah.

Cherokee edges Etowah as runner-up: Led by three champions, the Warriors scored 128.5 team points to finish second in the Region 5AAAAA traditional championships at Wheeler.

Cherokee edged third-place Etowah by 1.5 points, but it couldn’t catch up to champion Roswell (211). Woodstock (105) was fifth.

The Warriors sent seven wrestlers to sectionals last season, and all seven advanced to the state tournament. Coach Lance Riccio is hoping for similar success this season after once again seeing seven of his wrestlers advance out of the region tournament.

Bryce Walker (113 pounds), Brian Metcalf (160), Brady Sandercock (170) won their respective weight classes, and they will be joined in the sectional at Kennesaw Mountain by runners-up Andrew Torrence (126) and Hunter Burton (183).

Dusty Phyfe finished third to advance, while Tyler Ebinger (220) finished fourth.

“I was very pleased,” Riccio said. “Our kids wrestled hard. “They did a great job (Saturday). Step 1 is done — they are on to sectionals. Next step is the state tournament.”

Etowah actually bested Cherokee with eight sectional qualifiers, two each in places 1-4.

Joey Payton (120) and Maveric Rechsteiner (195) were champions, with Josh Thomas (106) and Dylan Wagner (113) runners-up. Alex Rusk (126) and Brad Morgan (220) were each third, and the pair of Thomas Keller (132) and Andrew Reibly (152) wrapped Etowah’s sectional contignent.

Woodstock’s sectional group of seven was led by champions Chris Nani (145) and Wes Pella (285). Austin Biggers (220) was a runner-up, Cody Beach (120) and Zach Shareef (138) each finished third, and Tristian Watson (113) and London Demetriou (182) were fourth.

River Ridge advances one: Knights coach Joseph Mullinax hoped to be taking a few of his wrestlers to sectionals next week, but he will have to settle for one.

Noah Smith (145) was the lone Knight to qualify from the Region 7AAAA tournament at Gilmer on. Other wrestlers finished as high as fifth, but only the top four from each class advance.

“For seven of our guys to even come back and wrestle on the second day is big for us,” Mullinax said. “We have a young team, so I think we did pretty decent wrestling in the toughest area in Class AAAA.”


Sequoyah 77, Cambridge 52:
Solomon Ajose scored a team-high 15 points to lead the Chiefs to a Region 7AAAAA victory over the Bears.

Sequoyah had already secured the northern half’s No. 1 seed for the region tournament, but the win guaranteed the Chiefs the overall No. 1 seed as Pope, the No. 1 team of the other subregion, already has three region losses. The Chiefs also own the tiebreaker after beating the Greyhounds 69-63 in double overtime last month.

Saturday’s victory also left Sequoyah (19-5, 12-2) one victory from its third 20-win season in four years. The Chiefs will get a chance to secure that when they host Osborne on Tuesday in the regular-season finale.

Brandon Ingleton scored 14 points in the win, while Dalton Satterfield finished with 13 and Logan Taylor added 10.

Late Friday

North Springs 63, Sequoyah 62: The Chiefs’ struggles from the perimeter and at the free-throw line proved the difference in the Region 7AAAAA loss.

Despite the loss, Sequoyah still has the No. 1 seed from the northern subregion well in hand.

The Chiefs shot 51 percent

(19-of-37) on their inside shots, but just 22 percent (4-of-18) beyond the 3-point line and 57 percent (12-of-21) from the free-throw line.

Solomon Ajose finished with 19 points and four steals, while Brandon Ingleton had a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds. Dalton Satterfield added 15 points and eight rebounds.


Sequoyah 69, Cambridge 30:
The Lady Chiefs took an early lead and never struggled with the first-year program.

Eleven players scored for Sequoyah (10-14, 6-8 Region 7AAAAA), led by Tori Rogers’ 14 points and Kelley Hartman’s 11. Kelsey Geiger and Callie Montalvo each had eight.

Kaitlyn Brandon led the defensive effort with five steals, part of the team’s 18 total.

Sequoyah will close the regular season by hosting Osborne on Tuesday.

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