GHS dominates once again


Published: Saturday, January 27, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 27, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

New year. New players. Same result.

For the third straight year, the Gainesville High Hurricanes dominated their local rivals to win the Gainesville City Wrestling Championship.

GHS won nine of the 13 weight classes Friday on their way to victory. Individual winners included Bill McShane (112 pounds), Paul Smith (125), Kyle Brooks (130), Chase Rountree (135), Preston Mur-Lott (140), Matt Terza (145), Jacob Harmer (160), Matt Vanscoy (171) and Ryan Storms (215).

The performance left GHS coach Ryland Wagner very pleased as he looked ahead to next week's district tournament.

"Tonight was very good for our team," Wagner said. "Getting victories in tournaments like this is what we need to do if we are going to be successful in district and regionals."

The championship, now in its third year, also features Buchholz and Eastside.

Eastside finished in second, with three of its wrestlers winning their weight class — Cleveland Ferguson at 119, Marcus Jammer at 152 and Nate Williams at 215. Buchholz had two victorious wrestlers — Damien Boada at 103 and Justin Kieth at 245.

Wagner sees the tournament as an event that will only get bigger in the upcoming years.

"(The three schools) are trying to make this one of the more competitive tournaments, and in a few years I think you will watch some excellent wrestling."

Despite the disappointing results, Billy Pankey, head coach of Buchholz, views the tournament as a positive.

"Tonight was a great learning experience. We have a lot to improve, but the atmosphere was great. Even though the score wasn?t close, we had lots of people in the gym and it was a good way to get Gainesville to watch wrestling."

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