My hair can get weighed down by too much gel, too, as I have low elasticity. I have a sort of love-hate relationship with raking in my products; raking gives me the coverage I need to avoid frizz, but I do feel that it pulls out a bit of the curl, especially at the roots. But I'd rather have less frizz, so raking it is.
I definitely use a floursack towel to squeeze out excess water after all the scrunching (while I'm still hanging with my head upside down). I try to squeeze each section only once, but I hold each squeeze for 5-10 seconds to absorb as much water as possible. Once I'm out of the shower, my hair is somewhere between wet and damp. Not dripping, but not too dry, either. I pixie diffuse for about 2 minutes per section (9 or 10 sections in all), then clip and air dry on my commute to work. The pixie diffusing also helps to put some of the curl back in.
If you try the raking, I hope it works for you! Let us know.
Sulfate/non-water-soluble silicone free since 8/16/10
Med-coarse, normal porosity, low elasticity
Dye-free since 11/2010