JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – When inclement weather forced the cancellation of the state wrestling championships scheduled at Gwinnett Arena, several schools were asked to host their division championships.
With just one week to prepare, Chattahoochee High School offered to host the 6A division, which included 224 wrestlers, 200 coaches, numerous GHSA officials, referees and medical staff, as well as more than 2,000 guests.
With the support from ’Hooch basketball, lacrosse, band boosters, alumni, Jr. Cougars, coaches, faculty and some 100 volunteers, the tournament was successfully held Feb. 21-22.
Rallying in much the same fashion as their school’s community, Chattahoochee’s wresters had the best state tournament in school history.
For the first time ever, Chattahoochee finished in the top five in team points, coming in fourth overall.
A record eight wrestlers qualified for state this year, including freshman Ethan Phillips, sophomore Matt Picus, juniors Perry Benton, Sean Hoffman and Jordan Pitt and seniors Brady Miller, Rowdy Miller and Taylor Podhouser.
Of those, four placed in the top four. Rowdy Miller took fourth in state at 152 pounds, and Brady Miller won third in state at 160 pounds. Hoffman claimed third in state at 195 pounds, and Pitt won second in state at 113 pounds.