Wakulla tops Gainesville to win the Bobcat Duals

Bradford’s Christian Thompson, left, prevents Ocala Vanguard’s Kyle Sandner from escaping in the 171-pound class during the Bobcat Duals Wrestling Tournament at Buchholz on Saturday.

Matt Stamey/Staff photographer
Published: Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 12:18 a.m.

The Gainesville wrestling team slept off Friday's city championship win and came out with a strong showing at the Bobcat Duals at Buchholz's Bud Seymour Gymnasium. The Hurricanes finished second Saturday behind tournament champion Crawfordville Wakulla.

Gainesville reeled of three straight match wins over Ocala Vanguard, Archbishop McCarthy, and Ponte Vedra before it lost to Wakulla 54-27 in the final championship match.

“It's all about districts through state, although I would have liked to see this outcome be a bit better,” Gainesville coach Ryland Wagner said. “For us, our focus has always been on the postseason.”

Spenser Carlisle (285 pound weight class) went undefeated for the 'Canes. The senior pinned four straight opponents improving his dual record to 47-4 with 37 pins.

Carlisle, a 2010 Sun all-area selection, pinned Bradford's Markel Parks in 1:30 during a crucial match when both teams were vying for the top spot in the tournament.

“Way too long of a match right there, a minute thirty, way too long,” Carlisle said.

Jon Gardner (103) also went undefeated, improving his record to 47-5 with 31 pins. Matt Tamayo (112) and C.J. White (160) finished 4-1 and Alex Gonzales (171) was 3-1.

Bradford finished 3-1 on the day including a 37-36 win over Gainesville. Phillip James (189) went undefeated (4-0) with Drew Reddish (140), Darris Gorden (215) and Cody Hankerson (160) all compiling three wins and one loss at the Bobcat Duals for the Tornadoes. Reddish's season totals stand at 29-4 with 23 pins for the year.

Bradford now has a dual meet record of (23-5) under first year coach Dana Arthur.

“This team definitely has the mentality for it, we just need to keep pushing through with other teams we haven't seen yet,” Arthur said.

First team all-area selections Cole Schreiber (103) and Monterance Allen (189) were two of four Columbia wrestlers who won three matches on the day. Isaac Henderson (152) had three pins and Joe Fields (171) had two pins and a forfeit.

“We have a much smaller group this season, but the ones we have come out to wrestle,” Columbia third-year coach Andrew Porter said. “There still are the guys like Cole (Schreiber) and (Monterance) Allen who have showed that they can be state qualifiers.”

Tournament host Buchholz went 0-4 on the day. All-area selection Nathan Lofty (130) was 2-2 while Vinny Sunter (119) and Nick Flaherty (125) were 3-1.

“I think we did well today,” Buchholz coach Billy Pankey said. “We saw a lot of the toughest competition we will ever see and feel as if we accomplished a lot with our young team.”

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