When inclement weather forced the cancellation of the wrestling State 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 over 2,000 guests. Thanks to support
from Hooch basketball, lacrosse, band boosters, alumni, Jr. Cougars, coaches,
faculty and over 100 volunteers, the tournament was successfully held Feb.
Rallying in much the same fashion as their school's community, Chattahoochee's
wrestlers 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
A record eight wrestlers qualified for state this year: 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; 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.
Chattahoochee wrestlers and
coaches pictured include, seated, from
left, Rowdy Miller and Coach Adam Pitt. And standing, from left, Coach Steve
Aiken, Coach Shawn Cavanaugh, Sean Hoffman, Brady Miller, Jordan Pitt, Head
Wrestling Coach JJ Hicks, Coach Jack Macko and National Wrestling Hall of Fame Coach Randy Faries of