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Lions promote Page to head wrestling coach

For the last eight years, Sean Page worked along side Danny Sinnott to help build Peachtree Ridge's wrestling program into one of the best in the state.

After Sinnott left last month, Peachtree Ridge has turned to Page to keep that success going. Page was named head wrestling coach on Monday, replacing Sinnott who left to take the South Forsyth job.

"I'm really excited to take the program over," Page said.

Page became an assistant coach at Peachtree Ridge in its second year and has helped build the program into a consistent top-10 program. The Lions have finished in the top 10 at the Class AAAAA traditional state tournament the last five seasons. The best finish was in 2011 when they took fourth. Since Page has been at the Suwanee school, they've produced 22 state placers, including seven state champions and seven state runner-ups.

The Lions also made two trips to the state duals in 2009 and 2012.

"What I'm looking to do is improve our depth," Page said. "We won't have some of the studs we've had in the past, but I think we'll be a better dual meet team."

Page expects to have 70 kids in the wrestling room this fall, including 10 seniors. The groups includes two-time state champion Tsvetomir Petrushev, who missed last season with an injury and is expected to return.

"I'm not planning to make a lot of changes," Page said. "I want to be more involved with our kids program, but that's about it."

Page, 45, is no stranger to Gwinnett County. He's a 1985 Central Gwinnett grad where he was a three-time region champion and a two-time state runner-up. He compiled a 112-7-1 record in high school and signed with the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.

Page started as a freshman and was a member of a two-time conference champion team. A shoulder injury ended his career with a 7-14 record. He transferred to Georgia where he earned a degree in social studies.

Page was an assistant at North Gwinnett in the early '90s, helping the Bulldogs to a third-place finish in 1990.

Page spent one year overseas at a Korean university coaching their freestyle wrestling team. He came back to the states in the late '90s to work with troubled youths and was an assistant coach at Union Grove in the early 2000s. This will be his first head coach job.

"It's been a long time coming, but I'm very excited," Page said.