Stutler wins Georgia State Freshman Wrestling Championship

Published 2:21 pm Tuesday, February 28, 2023

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By Coach Chad Smith

Noah Stutler, a 8th grade wrestler for Bainbridge Middle School and also a Junior Varsity starter for the Bainbridge High School wrestling team competed at the Georgia All Freshman State Competition yesterday in Atlanta. Noah was the only Bainbridge wrestler to compete while the tournament was an open invitation to all wrestlers. 

Noah competed at the 170 lbs weight class and was the eventual Georgia State Freshman Champion. Not only was he the state champion but was the first to ever win this level of tournament for a Bainbridge wrestler. Noah, who was accompanied by his family, entered the tournament as an individual through USA Wrestling certification.The Georgia Freshman State Championship exists to give college coaches and high school coaches a glimpse of what is to come skillswise in wrestling.  The past wrestling season Noah transferred in from Ohio to begin the season and finish with a near flawless record losing only once during the middle school and high school season. Throughout the season Mr. Stutler made his mark by beating several high level state contending wrestlers from around the state. Noah is also a stand out football player for the BMS football team playing running back and linebacker. He is not only taking care of his responsibilities on the mat and field but is an A/B student in his academics with great behavior for Bainbridge Middle School. 

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BMS Coach and Athletic Director, Chad Smith, had the opportunity of welcoming in Noah on day one of his enrollment and was immediately excited about the skill set Noah contained in both sports. He was very respectful from the first day I met him and his Step Dad. He went on and on about sports and what he wanted to accomplish as a wrestler. During the season I decided to move Noah from the BMS wrestling team to the Bainbridge High School team due to his ability and work ethic. Coach Paul Coleman has done a great job getting Noah mat time at the high school level and putting him in position to elevate and push his skills further. I am extremely proud of Noah and his record setting accomplishments this year.  We look forward to seeing Noah excel in both sports as well as the classroom.