Central held back a strong challenge from Spencer and retained its team title Saturday at the 21st City Wrestling Championships held at Columbus High's gym.
"I have to give Spencer full credit for their efforts. They pushed us to wrestle better and our guys responded to the challenge," said Central coach Robert Morales after the tournament was completed.
Spencer coach Robert Sanders was also complimentary of Central and of his young wrestlers as well.
"I knew Central was the favorite going in, but our guys did an outstanding job of not giving up. We have a young team with five city champions and I hope we can use that momentum going into the area championships next week." Sanders said.
The Red Devils almost matched the Greenwave as they also had four firsts and two of those were in the last four matches and that ensured the victory.
Senior Red Devil Nathan Spillers was one example that Morales mentioned. He was down early but came back to pin Carver's Tuqoy Carter to win. Max Kauffman, Robert Morales and Johnnie Swinnie were all city champions on the Red Devil roster.
"It was great for Nathan as a senior to go out as a city champion. That was just one example of our guys doing what we ask and keep competing," said Morales of his senior at 160.
For the Greenwave, three wrestlers won by a single point. Elijah McNickles and Bryan Williams captured two points in the final 10 seconds of their matches to win by one and Christophe Baker saw his 9-3 lead dwindle to 9-8 before the final bell. Spencer's Kameron Blackshear won by pin, and Keishon Thompkins won by six.
The biggest comeback of the tournament was by Dakota Leon of Smiths Station. He was down 9-0 at the end of the first period but came back to pin his opponent in the second for the win.
Winning the Carter-Butts Outstanding wrestler award was Javon Walker of Carver. CJ Afoa of Chattahoochee County and Brooks Alfred of Carver tied for the Will McVay Sportsmanship Award.
The tournament was delayed for several minutes due to a neck injury suffered by Smiths Station's Deondre Williams in the 220-weight class.
Wrestling in the third-place match, he had to be immobilized and was taken by ambulance as a precautionary measure.
Central 225, Spencer 213, Smiths Station 178.5, Columbus 121, Carver 117, Harris County 83, Northside 73, Shaw 73, Hardaway 68.5, Pacelli 58.5, Brookstone 47.5, Jordan 46, Kendrick 36, Chattahoochee County 14.
106-Dakota Leon (SS) pinned Carl Asberry (Sp)
113-Sh'Kale Barnes (Hardaway) def. Elliott Reeder (Cen), 15-7
120-Max Kauffman (Cen) def. Deon Morgan (SS), 13-5
126-Johnnie Swinnie (Cen) def. Tyler Wilson (SS), 9-2
132- Keishon Thompkins (Sp) def. Jacob Goodwin (SS), 17-11
138-Elijah McNickles (Sp) def. Josh McAlister (Col), 6-5
145-Javon Walker (Car) pinned Jonboy Storey (Cen)
152-Robert Morales (Cen) pinned Patrick Barnett (Col)
160-Nathan Spillers (Cen) pinned Tuqoy Carter (Car)
170-Kameron Blackshear (Sp) pinned Dre Dashiell (Br)
182-Austin Phillips (SS) pinned Ty Lucas (Col)
195-Bryan Williams (Sp) def. Isaiah Sellers (K), 6-5
220-Brooks Alfred (Car) def. Jasaad graves (S), 13-9
285-Christophe Baker (Sp) def/ Nana Famu (Col), 9-8