MARIETTA -- Creekview left no doubt as it claimed its second straight Region 6AAAAAA duals title with a 54-18 win over Sequoyah in the finals Saturday at Sprayberry.
The finals were actually the closest match for the Grizzlies, who cruised to the championship match by beating South Cobb 84-0 and Harrison 62-11 in the semifinals.
“It’s been awesome,” Creekview coach Joe Hulen said. “Being a Creekview alum, it’s great to see another region title. Our kids stepped up. We got key wins across the lineup. It was just a great time. You can’t ask for anything better.”
Creekview wasted no time taking control of the final with wins in its first three matches to go up 14-0.
William Botts (126 pounds) won 8-4. Cade Sousa (132) recorded a technical fall, and Wyatt Bonno (138) got a pin with 1.6 seconds left in his match to build the early lead.
Sequoyah’s Brendan Jones (145) got a 7-3 win to stop the bleeding temporarily, but Creekview responded emphatically to avenge a loss from last month.
“It’s mainly football being here,” Hulen said. “We only had a week with our football players to get them into shape and ready to wrestle. Now, everyone is at the weight they should be. They’re wrestling hard and preparing. We’re ready to go to Macon.”
Jared Wilmarth (152) got a major decision at 16-4, and Wyatt Higgins (160) and Andrew Riley (170) each recorded pins to put the Grizzlies up 30-3 before a forfeit at 182 pounds got Sequoyah back on the board.
It was all Creekview from there, though, as Jackson Gilleland (195), Avery Rocks (220), Eli Daugherty (285) and Josh Bledsoe (106) each record pins to put the match away at 54-9.
The final match may not have gone the Chiefs’ way, but it was an improvement from last season, when they fell in the true second place match to miss out on state duals.
This year, the Chiefs punched their ticket by virtue of a 37-32 semifinal win over Dalton, and coach Chuck Patterson said he thinks his team will still be dangerous at the state meet after Carson Throne (113) and Christian Small (120) each won their matches to close the final.
“Creekview is a great program,” Patterson said. “Those kids were ready for us this time. It was a tough path for us as a No. 1 seed, but we got where we needed to be. Our goal this year was to go to state duals as a team, and we got there.”
Harrison was unable to force a true second-place match this season when it fell 57-22 to Dalton in the third-place match.
It was an uneven tournament for the Hoyas, who responded to its loss to Creekview with a 44-36 win over Allatoona to reach the third-place match, but coach Josh Hawk said it was a promising performance heading into traditional season.
“We did a great job with some of our young guys,” Hawk said. “There were a lot of good things, just improvement over all. I have a lot of inexperience on the team this year. We’re really young, but the fact we got fourth place again, I feel pretty good for the future.”
Tyler Gallegos (113), Brian Kratt (132), Elijah Rudd (138), Tyler West (160), Jamison Tartt (195) and Marcus Bleazard (220) each recorded wins for Harrison against Allatoona to reach the third-place match, while Malakai Taft (152), West, Tartt and Bleazard each ended their tournaments with wins against Dalton.