BROOKSVILLE — Eight straight district titles and 26 overall: Those are the numbers that Springstead put under its belt with a dominant victory in the Class 2A, District 7 wrestling tournament Saturday.
The Eagles earned 294 points on the strength of 10 individual champions, qualifying all 14 of their wrestlers for the Class 2A, Region 2 tournament beginning Friday at St. Cloud.
The top four in each weight class advance to region meets.
"I don't think anyone's catching us," Springstead coach Eric Swensen said. "Teams like Nature Coast are getting better, but we don't worry about what other programs do. We just handle our business."
Matt Landgraff (106 pounds), Mike McDonald (113), Josh Herrera (132), Joe Russo (138), Sean Redman (145), and Conor Ross (170) all won their first district crowns. Landgraff, McDonald, Herrera and Conor Ross are all freshman for the elite program.
Meanwhile, Jordan Rivera (126), Cody Ross (152), Thomas Gupton (195), and John Dreggors (285) each repeated performances from last season. Cody Ross and Dreggors, both seniors, won their fourth titles in four years. Dreggors won his first title as a freshman with Citrus before transferring.
Citrus was the district runnerup (221). This was a disappointment to Nature Coast, which had its sights set on that position. The Sharks (186 points), still advanced 12 to the region meet, but did not have an individual champion.
"I think that we underperformed," Nature Coast coach Mike Lastra said. "This was our first time in a district with three of the top teams in the state. I still believe we should finish second in the region."
Sean Nguyen (106), Cameron Tull (126), Luis Espinosa (132), Carter Bolesta (145), Mitch Lambert (160), Carlos Carasquillo (170), and Greg Jarque (285) each took second for Nature Coast.
Hernando advanced five wrestlers to region, including district champion Jesse Gaudin (220). Central will also have five representatives, while Land O'Lakes advanced three.
A-8: Fivay continues making history
HUDSON — Fivay, which won its first conference title in school history last week, won its first district crown Saturday.
The Falcons (200 points) won the Class A, District 8 tournament rather handily thanks to six individual champions. Fivay advances 11 overall to the Class A, Region 2 tournament at Tenoroc in Lakeland next week.
Troy Reed (113 pounds), Jesse Barker (126), Colin Hahn (160), Dominic Grilli (170), Nicco Lightfoot (182) and Mike Hahn (220) all took first for the Falcons. Barker and Mike Hahn were repeat champions.
Pasco (148 points) earned the runnerup trophy with titles from J.P. Gamez (120) and Niko DeAugustino (138).
Anclote's Chris Sorrick (106) and Colton Nichols (132) were the other two North Suncoast individual champions at the tournament.