Grizzlies continue their mat dominance
by Chris Byess
cbyess@cherokeetribune.com
December 13, 2012 12:44 AM | 1174 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CANTON — Off the back of a team title at its own invitational, the Creekview wrestlers’ good form continued Wednesday with a 69-6 win over archrival Sequoyah.

The night started off just as the Grizzlies might have hoped when Ryan Camp, who placed third at the Creekview Invitational last weekend, overpowered Dalan Cox at 106 pounds with three takedowns in the first period before scoring a pinfall late in the period to give the visiting Grizzlies their first six points of the night.

Sequoyah was forced to forfeit matches at 113 and 120 before freshman Alex Bryant gave the Chiefs their best chance of winning against Justin Goss at 126.

After a scoreless first period, Bryant and Goss both scored three points in the second — Bryant off of a takedown and an escape, Goss off of a takedown and a penalty point.

Goss, however, scored two takedowns in the third to take control of the match and go on to win 8-5.

Sequoyah’s only points of the night then came at 132 pounds, when Matthew Greer won by forfeit to trim the Grizzlies’ lead to 21-6.

But Sequoyah was then forced to forfeit at 138 and 145 before watching Creekview’s John Cowart score a 5-1 win at 152 by stifling Keegan Gordi for the duration of their match.

After using only underclassmen up to this point, Sequoyah finally had two juniors in Logan McIntire and Brad LaSelva take the mat at 160 and 170, respectively.

Unfortunately, they were matched up against Creekview’s Hunter Smith and Hunter Udall, a runner-up and champion, respectively, at the Creekview Invitational Tournament.

After Smith scored a pin over less than a minute into his match, Udall made it two in a row when he placed LaSelva’s shoulders on the mat with just over 8 seconds remaining in the first.

Two of the final three matches would end in pins for Creekview, as Joseph Sorrentino (182) scored his second pinfall of the week over Sequoyah’s Logan Honea, and Cameron Kile pinned Wyatt Jacobs at 285.

Sorrentino, who pinned Honea in 54 seconds in the opening round of the CIT, only needed 64 seconds to do it again.

Though Sequoyah’s Tito Terrientes entered the third period with Christian Saragusa at 220 tied 5-5, Saragusa ultimately pulled away for a 12-7 victory.

Though disappointed with the loss, Sequoyah coach James Sanchez believed that the inexperienced Chiefs will be able to use their performance to continue to improve.

“The good news is that the mistakes we are making are correctable,” said Sanchez, the Chiefs’ third coach in three years. “We are very, very young. I still have kids that are in single-digit matches. It’s a learning process.”

Meanwhile, Creekview coach Wyatt Wilkie is hoping that the Grizzlies will use the victory to continue their successful run.

“We have high goals as a team, as these matches are stepping stones to reach those goals,” Wilkie said. “I think we are just now hitting our stride.”
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