Banks County High School sophomore Chris McCrackin was recently named as the Georgia National Wrestling Alliance’s outstanding wrestler of the year.
McCrackin was nominated for the honor after winning his second consecutive GHSA individual state title in February.
McCrackin was selected over four-time state champion Chip Ness (Buford) and three-time state champion Chandler Pyke (Woodward), both of whom recently signed major scholarships with Division-I colleges.
“This award is extremely prestigious and well deserved,” said McCrackin’s head coach at BCHS, Kasey Hanley.
Over McCrackin’s career, he has amassed a record of 101-9. This season, he notched 51 wins and only three losses on his way to the 113-pound state championship. McCrackin was crowned champion of his weight class in multiple tournaments, including: The King of the Mountain Tournament, the Morgan County Christmas Tournament, the Rockmart Invitational, the Stephens County Arrowhead Tournament, the 8-AAA area tournament, the AAA East sectional tournament and the AAA state tournament.
“Chris exemplifies what it is to be a champion,” added Hanley. “Wrestling is not an easy sport. Chris has worked relentlessly to get to where he is. Even after winning two state championships, he is still battling every day, pushing himself, going to national events in the off-season, all while maintaining a GPA of 4.0. It is this drive to be the best that will help Chris be successful in all areas of his life.”
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