Mill Creek’s woes continue in area wrestling matches


Cody Wheeler of Mill Creek High School makes his job look easy but painful for a wrestler from Dacula High School. Latrice Williams/The Paper.

It’s been an uphill battle for the Mill Creek High School wrestling team. While the Hawks have the potential to be dangerous, they have struggled of late to finish strong in close matches.

The Hawks traveled to Dacula High School on Jan. 16 for a showdown against the home team and Winder-Barrow High School.

Mill Creek opened the night in a 39-36 win over Bulldogs. The drama unfolded in the final match where Matthew Suggs was put in a must-win situation and delivered in a big way for MCHS. The Hawks were able to pull through despite having to forfeit in two weight divisions.

However, the Hawks fell against Dacula as the Falcons proved to be the tougher bird after coming back from a 22-9 deficit. While DHS was handed 12 points due to two forfeits, the Hawks suffered two consecutive losses that propelled Dacula to a 39-25 lead and Mill Creek finished with a 45-25 loss. Matthew Felbaum, Michael Haynes, Wesley Peterson, Cody Wheeler, and Arty Velez all saw wins against Dacula.

In the opening round of the North Metro Meet, the Hawks were not prepared for the road ahead of them. They saw matches against Berkmar, Greater Atlanta Christian and Locust Grove among others. Mill Creek endured crucial losses but had memorable performances that sent individuals to round two.

Ardy Velez defeated David Torres of Berkmar 4-2; Velez is a relentless fighter who really reads his opponent well and has great instincts. In the second round against Norcross High School, Velez met his match against a defiant Blue Devil who was very sharp and quick on his feet.

Marcos Rosenkjer took an easy 11-3 win in the first round but was stifled late in the second round by Archer High School. Peterson and Haynes also saw time in the second round but came up short respectively. The Hawks will return to the mat for the Area Meet at Norcross on Feb. 2 at 9 a.m.