Hurricanes reclaim city championship in wrestling

Published: Friday, January 28, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 12:28 a.m.

It took four years of preparation, and just 88 seconds on the mat, for Gainesville High’s Spenser Carlisle to win his first individual wrestling city championship. It’ll take a lifetime for him to forget the feeling that came with the victory.

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Gainesville heavyweight wrestler Spenser Carlisle pins Eastside’s Jacari Gent at Buchholz High School on Friday.

Matt Stamey/Staff photographer

The heavyweight Carlisle quickly disposed of his two opponents Friday at the Bud Seymour Gymnasium at Buchholz. The final came in a 30-second pin that helped win back the city championship trophy from Eastside and give the Hurricanes their sixth title in seven years.

“This feels so great to finally have this trophy in my hand after all of the hard work and knee surgeries I’ve had,” said Carlisle, the team’s lone senior who has had two operations on his right knee. “I’m not letting this go for a long time.”

Gainesville started the night with a 46-30 defeat over Eastside in a rematch of last year’s top two teams in the city. The Rams bounced back to take out host Buchholz 51-30 before the Hurricanes sealed the evening celebration with a 62-15 trouncing of the Bobcats.

“For these guys to win it in front of a crowd of people they know is pretty cool,” coach Ryland Wagner said. “And the neat thing is that most of these guys are freshmen, so hopefully we can start a little dynasty or something.”

A little intersquad rivalry was intensified when Carlisle improved to 42-4 (31 pins) on the year and freshman 103-pounder Jon Gardner swept his two matches to run his season record to 42-5 (24 pins).

“They’re both leading our team with wins and pins this year,” Wagner said. “They’re neck-and-neck and kind of competing internally to see who can get more wins and pins this season. It’ll be interesting to see what happens.”

Though Gardner wasn’t on the squad last season, he knew just how important a win was to his teammates that were upset by Eastside last year.

“All week, that’s all we’ve been talking about,” he said. “We just wanted to beat them and get the trophy back and be city champs.”

Gardner and Carlisle each won the individual city title in their weight class and were joined by teammates Matt Tamaya (112 pound), Jamiah Howard (145), Sam Kleinsasser (152), CJ White (160) and Alex Gonzalez (171). Eastside was represented with titles by Andrew Payne (119), Shannon Powell (125), Jerodd Whitehead (135), Jessie Houston (140) and Steven Hutchinson (189). Buchholz earned titles from Nathan Lotfy (130) and Sengar Majboor (115).

All three squads will be back in action at Buchholz today starting at 10 a.m. for the Bobcat Dual Meet, which will feature three other schools from around the state.

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