'Canes rule city wrestling meet


Gainesville's Kenny Mason tries to roll Eastside's Qadeet Bethea in the city wrestling championships.

Brad McClenny/Staff photographer
Published: Friday, January 27, 2012 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 12:22 a.m.

The Gainesville wrestling team relinquished any chances of drama at Friday's city wrestling championships held at the Santa Fe College gymnasium.

Instead, the area wrestling dynasty went with a more reliable method of sheer dominance in capturing its seventh city title in eight years.

The Hurricanes led off the night's competition with a 50-18 win over Eastside while capping off the tournament with a 65-15 team victory over Buchholz in the finale.

In addition to its second consecutive city championship, Gainesville placed a tournament-high nine individual city champions.

GHS sophomores Jon Gardner (106 weight class) and Matt Tamayo (126) and junior C.J. White (170) captured their second consecutive city titles.

Freshman Conner Henry (113), juniors Thomas Herlevich (145) and Wade Jones (182) along with seniors Tanner Storms (160), Josh Walters (132) and Kenny Mason (285) rounded out the list of title winners for GHS.

“We just feel as if we can dominate every time we face an opponent, and a lot of that has to do with the tradition of our program,” Tamayo said.

“This team has gone from winning one dual meet when I was a senior here to averaging 22 dual wins per year,” said GHS coach Ryland Wagner, who will be gunning for his 200th dual win today at the Bobcat Duals also to be held at the SFC gym.

“The kids see the names on the walls, they are motivated and it shows time and time again,” Wagner added.

Eastside, who is the only team other than GHS to capture city bragging rights as they won the title two years ago, finished the evening with three city individual title winners. Junior Jesse Houston (152), senior Sir-Jason Monroe (220), and sophomore Rashaad Bennett (120) rounded out the winners for the Rams.

“I wasn't too impressed with the way things went tonight,” said Eastside coach Adrian Taylor. “We have a few guys who may push further after districts — we will see.”

“(Winning the city) is a great confidence-booster going into districts — it is always nice getting another one of those trophies, but I would rather us win as a team,” Houston said after winning his second straight city championship.

Buchholz's Jeremy Atwood (195) and Mychel Hutchinson (138) captured individual titles for the Bobcats.

Atwood, who sat out part of last season with an injury, said getting back out there and wining was something he has been itching to do.

“I was banged up all of last year and felt like I am headed in the right direction,” Atwood said.

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