Gulf Holiday DUALS
Gulf High, New Port Richey
Springstead 54, Belleview 17
Citrus 45, Gulf 33
Gulf 45, Belleview 34
Springstead 56, Citrus 9
NEW PORT RICHEY — Last season, for the first time in three years, Springstead lost in the final of the Gulf Holiday Duals wrestling event. On Saturday, the Eagles retook the title with a 56-9 win over Citrus.
Springstead, which also defeated the Hurricanes for the title in 2006, won the 10th annual Gulf Holiday Duals crown by going 6-0 to lead the 20-team field. The Eagles never surrendered more than 15 points to any opponent despite having to forfeit the 275-pound weight class every time out.
"It's so important to establish ourselves locally during the season," Springstead coach Eric Swensen said. "It's really impressive to be able to do it knowing we were going to surrender six points in every dual with no heavyweight."
The field was split into four pools, then the pool winners squared off from there.
Seven of the Eagles' 13 wrestlers went undefeated: Richie Bliss (103 pounds), Colton Zimmerman (140), Shawn Landgraff (145), Thad Klenovich (160), Jessey Lorentsen (171), Scott Wern (189) and Kenny Cox (215). Lorentsen, a state qualifier for Mitchell last season, recorded a pin in all six matches.
"I think the one thing we come in here trying to prove is how hard we work," Wern said. "We pride ourselves on being the hardest working program around here, and I think we showed it this weekend."
Even though coach Travis DeWalt missed the event due to personal reasons, Gulf took third, defeating Belleview 45-34 in the consolation final. The Buccaneers had four wrestlers go undefeated over the two days: Jarod Carpenter (103, six pins), Richard O'Connor (112, five pins), Anthony Ayers (119, five pins) and Ladarious Jackson (152, four pins).
Other notable North Suncoast wrestlers who went undefeated included Nature Coast's David Simonson (112) and Matt Lambert (145), Sunlake's Jarrett Baker (189) and Devon Johnson (171), Pasco's J.P. Gamez (112) and Trevor Drake (140), and Zephyrhills' Nick Hynes (112).
Baker and Hynes took home Outstanding Wrestler honors for heavyweights and lightweights respectively after finishing with 5-0 marks.