Cherokee and Creekview won their respective regions’ traditional tournaments Saturday, giving each a sweep of both the region traditional and dual championships.
Cherokee won the Region 4AAAAAAA championship at Roswell with a total of 61 points, beating Lassiter (42).
Six wrestlers claimed individual region championships, including Cody Butler (220), Kade Johnson (126), Jake Matheny (170), Nolan Newby (152), Jacob Silka (106) and Stephen Weatherby (182).
It was the second year in a row that Cherokee had won both region championships, and the Warriors placed 11 wrestlers in the top four to earn a spot in this weekend’s sectional at South Forsyth.
“It’s absolutely amazing,” Cherokee coach Jerry Kadien said. “Give all the credit to the kids. They’re an amazing group. The expectations were high after we won both duals and traditionals last year, and we came back and did it again. The kids did a great job.”
The top eight finishers in each weight class at the sectional will advance to the state championships Feb. 13-15 in Macon.
Wrestling at home, Creekview won the Region 6AAAAAA championship and saw seven claim individual titles — Parker Bennett (285), Andrew Cory (126), Eli Daugherty (220), Cooper Glosson (113), Wyatt Higgins (160), Cade Sousa (145) and Jared Wilmarth (170).
For the first time in team history, Creekview qualified a wrestler for the sectional in each of the 14 weight classes. It was the fourth traditional region title for the Grizzlies, who will compete in the Class AAAAAA sectional at Lanier.
Sequoyah finished second in Region 6AAAAAA and had three individual region champions in Carson Throne (120), Christian Small (132) and Kemar Plummer (182). The Chiefs advanced 12 wrestlers to the sectional.
River Ridge finished sixth in the region tournament, with Maverick Cooper, the runner-up at 126 pounds, was highest finisher. The Knights advanced three to the sectional.
Woodstock finished fourth in Region 4AAAAAAA, with Michael Roe (120) claiming the only individual region title for the Wolverines. Eight wrestlers advanced to the sectional at South Forsyth.
Etowah finished sixth, with Ethan Jones (195) claiming the Eagles’ only individual region title. Etowah advanced 10 to the sectional.