DUNEDIN — There were nine teams at Saturday's Class 2A, District 5 wrestling tournament. In the end, the competition was reduced to two.
Springstead and Dunedin waged their own dual with the teams advancing a combined 22 wrestlers to the finals.
The Eagles had the better results, winning seven individual championship bouts. That was more than enough as Springstead won the team title 263.5 to 231.
"We had a good feeling coming in it was going to be between us and Dunedin," Eagles coach Eric Swensen said. "We were pretty dominant in the lighter weights and that helped us get ahead."
Springstead's individual champions were Richie Bliss (103 pounds), Cody Ross (112), Nick Soto (125), Colton Zimmerman (135), Shawn Landgraff (145), Thad Klenovich (160) and Scott Wern (189).
Wern's win was the biggest upset in the finals. He beat Dunedin's Justin Zeedyk, who entered the event with one loss.
In all, the Eagles advanced all 14 wrestlers to next week's Region 2 meet at Poinciana High in Kissimmee. The top four wrestlers in each weight class (those in the finals and consolation finals) advance.
The Falcons had five champions — Austin Prince (130), John Cannizzaro (152), Antonio Talley (171), Gideon Levy (215) and Luis Agramonte (285) — and will send all 14 of its wrestlers to region for the first time.
"We were on the short side a few times in the finals," Dunedin coach Marc Allison said. "But overall, I thought it was a strong showing."
Other individual winners were Land O'Lakes' Justin McKay (112) and River Ridge's Sean Hitchcock (140).
Bob Putnam can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 445-4169.