One of the state’s top prep wrestlers resides in Savannah at Calvary Day School in the form of junior Chipper Creager.
An area champ in 2021-22, Creager has qualified for state twice and he finished fourth in sectionals last season. He posted a record of 23-9 last year and has been building on that sophomore success during his junior campaign. There aren’t many flaws in his game, but if a state championship is the goal, Creager knew he had to keep improving.
“I definitely wanted to be stronger coming into this season, and I think I’ve accomplished that,” said Creager during a December 28 phone call with PSR. “But I also needed to get faster, so I lost like 30 pounds over the summer and then tried to get it back in muscle, somewhat, before this season.
“So, I was 270 (pounds) and I dropped down to around 240. Now I’m back up around 250.”
He wrestles in the 285-pound division and, as of December 28, Creager’s career record was 40-8. Earlier this fall, Georgia Grappler had him ranked at No. 3 among all wrestlers in Class 3A. He placed second at the Rebel Invitational (32 teams) and won the Strong Rock Invitational (16 teams) earlier this month.
Creager, 16, has begun his junior season by winning six of his first seven matches. He’ll lead Calvary into Team Area matches next week before sectionals and states next month.
When asked if he thinks a state championship is within his grasp, Creager answered in the affirmative.
“I think it’s pretty realistic for me,” he said of his chances. “I know I think it is, but I guess we’ll just have to see how it goes.”
Calvary is coached by Seth Hargrove and Chipper’s dad, Jason Creager. You can follow Chipper on Instagram, @Creager_Wrestling.
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