Cambridge had six individual champions and easily won the team title Saturday with 276.5 points, followed by Creekview at 196. Rounding out the top five were Chestatee (182), West Hall (169.5) and Cherokee (131).
River Ridge (57) placed ninth in the field of 12 teams.
Among the champions for Creekview was freshman Bryce Davis, who entered the event as the No. 1 seed at 106 pounds.
Davis, who doesn’t have much experience competing at the varsity level, came into the season having won multiple state championships at the middle-school level. He easily defeated his opponent in the championship round, St. Francis’ Ethan Sparks, with a 12-1 major decision.
At the end of the day, Davis picked up an additional accolade when he was named the tournament’s most outstanding lightweight wrestler.
Creekview coach Wyatt Wilkie said it was nice that other coaches recognized Davis’ skill and honored him with the award.
“It’s outstanding,” Wilkie said. “You want your kids to come out and do as good as they can, but for him to win it, and the other coaches to see how well he did and give him the award, is something to be proud of.”
Also winning titles for Creekview were Hunter Smith, who claimed a narrow 3-2 decision over West Hall’s Isreal Sales at 170, and Joseph Sorrentino, who pinned Gainesville’s Triston Cantrell at 182.
In addition to the three champions, three Grizzlies — Grant Slater (120), Justin Goss (126) and Christian Saragusa (220) — settled for runner-up titles after losing in the finals. Other placers for Creekview included Brock Tupman (fourth, 285), Kyle Merenda (third, 145) and Coda Steward (third, 152).
“We had six in the finals,” Wilkie said. “We had some close loses, but we had three champs, too. You can’t be disappointed with that.”
In all, Wilkie felt his wrestlers competed well.
“Could we have done better? I don’t know,” he said. “Cambridge came here with a full-talent lineup and they are tough. Congratulations to them. We got second, so we will get in the room on Monday and start looking for corrections and working toward our next date.”
Creekview and Cambridge are both part of Region 7AAAAA, so they will face each other again down the road.
“We are going to see (Cambridge) a lot this year,” Wilkie said. “They are a tough team, and they are getting better, but hopefully we are getting better as well. It will be interesting to see how it unfolds.”
Cherokee had a wrestler place in the top five in nearly every class, in order to finish fifth as a team, but the Warriors didn’t have anyone compete in the finals.
Even Wolf (132) finished third in his class to lead Cherokee’s group. Pete Millen (182) and Chris Mancuso (195) each finished, while Luke Silka (106), Max McMahan (120), Dylan Caldwell (145), Tyler Durden (170) and D.J. Morgan (220) were each fifth.
River Ridge was the only other Cherokee County school to compete.
The Knights were led by Lenard Jones (120) and Ian Schumacher (285), who both finished third. Also placing were Luke MacKenzie (fourth, 170), Dillon Kennedy (sixth, 106) and Reed Allen (sixth, 182).