EHS ends GHS wrestling's reign

Published: Friday, January 29, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 12:22 a.m.

The Gainesville Hurricanes’ streak of five straight city championships ended Friday night when the Eastside Rams defeated the Hurricanes 40-36 in the final match to take the city crown.

Leading 36-24 with only three weight classes to go, the Rams’ Jerodd Whitehead earned a 13-3 major decision victory over the Gainesville’s Thomas Herlevich to secure the championship.

“This is history,” said Rams Coach Adrian Taylor. “This is the first time we have won any team award.

“That was the motto this year: ‘Make history’. I am very excited.”

In the final match, Eastside came galloping out to an earlier lead, outscoring the Hurricanes 24-12 after just seven weight classes had competed.

A forfeit by each side brought the points to 30-18 in favor of Eastside. But the five-time champs could inch no closer as Eastside’s Andrew Payne pinned Blayer Dukes (2:35).

The ensuing Whitehead victory would put the crown out of reach. Both Payne and Whitehead would earn city champion honors individually, as well.

In the round robin tournament, the Rams’ Davonte Williams was instrumental, winning both of his matches.

Williams earned two pins at the meet, both in under two minutes which made him the city’s heavyweight champion.

Late in the final match the Hurricanes still showed great heart as Chris Clark and Kyle Brooks each pinned their opponents in under a minute. Both were city champions, Brooks for the second straight year.

Also, Gainesville’s Preston Muerlott repeated as a city champion with both a pin and a regular decision.

“Some of our guys wrestled better than they did all year,” said Hurricanes Coach Ryland Wagner. “But I do want to tip my hat to Eastside.

“They wrestled great on the evening.”

In the earlier matches, the Buchholz Bobcats lost to Eastside 39-29 and Gainesville 50-26. Despite the rough showing, Bobcats Coach Billy Pankey saw areas of improvement.

“We definitely hung in there and we had four total city champs,” he said.

“We lost to Eastside earlier in the year by 25; tonight we lost to them by ten ... so we hung in there.”

Notable for the Bobcats were Damien Boada and Justin Clavier.

Both Bobcats earned two victories and a city championship.

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