Northeast Florida Matmen staff report
GAINESVILLE — Buchholz earned its fourth consecutive “Cities” championship on Saturday night, with a pair of victories over city rivals Eastside and Gainesville in the annual event, hosted by Gainesville.
The Bobcats shut out the Rams, 84-0, and then came back in the final round with a 48-26 win over the Hurricanes. Gainesville won the middle round with a 72-6 victory over Eastside.
Here’s a summary of the weight classes, with photos of each city champion:
106: Buchholz’s Bryan Perkins won by forfeit against Eastside and then had a contested match against Gainesville, taking a 17-3 major decision over the Hurricanes’ Nathan Fox.
113: Gainesville’s Scotty Tacinelli won by forfeit over Eastside, and nearly had to go a full six minutes before winning by fall over Buchholz’s Hunter Griffin.
120: Buchholz’s William Green-Church pinned Eastside’s Shekinah Grant in 49 seconds in the first round, then came back for a fall over Gainesville’s Nicholas Hanson in 1:17. Hanson had pinned Grant in 1:27 during the middle round.
126: After both Gainesville’s James Hamilton and Buchholz’s William Kverneland picked up falls against Eastside’s Derrick Walcott, Hamilton needed just 56 seconds to pin Kverneland.
132: Both DeAngelo Fletcher of Buchholz and Gainesville’s Elijah Keselowsky won by fall over Eastside’s Chacity Battles to square off with a trophy on the line, which Fletcher picked up with a 15-0 tech fall.
138: Buchholz’s Gant Moore pinned Eastside’s Brent Clark during the first dual, only to see Clark win by fall over Dishant Rami of Gainesville in the middle round. In the last, Moore added a second fall, both of them coming in the first period.
145: Both Tracen Ransdell of Buchholz and Josh Cohn of Gainesville earned falls against Eastside’s Dylan Shea, with Ransdell then picking up hardware with a fall over Cohn. Ransdell pinned both opponents in the first minute.
152: Michael Rollins of Buchholz and Gainesville’s Christian Whitehead both had pins over Eastside’s Quintin Brown, and then Rollins and Whitehead had one of the most competitive — certainly one of the wildest — finishes of the night, with Whitehead taking a 17-13 win by decision.
160: The city title came down to the final dual, as both Jordan Mobley (Buchholz) and Justin Harbilas (Gainesville) each had forfeit wins. In the final dual, Mobley won by fall over Harbilas in 4:53.
170: From this point forward, the Buchholz-Gainesville winner would become city champion, as Eastside forfeited at each weight from 160-285. Buchholz’s Dylan Lewis downed Gainesville’s Corey Ryan 4-2 in the third dual.
182: Buchholz freshman Armando Acosta won by fall over Gainesville’s Pierre Toney with just tenths of a second on the clock, pinning Toney in 1:59.
195: Gainesville’s Bronson Carter scored a takedown and three-point nearfall in all three periods against Buchholz’s Nevan Burney.
220: Simply weighing in and making weight was sufficient for Buchholz’s Jose Romero, as he was the only 220 in attendance Saturday night, winning twice by forfeit.
285: Gainesville’s Donnie Wilburn secured his city title with a win by fall in just 61 seconds over Buchholz’s Aaron Menden.