DUNEDIN — Dunedin won last year's inaugural Pinellas County Duals tournament, and on Saturday the host Falcons put their depth to work to make sure they kept the trophy.
Dunedin got wins from 19 wrestlers in posting a 5-0 record, including a 52-21 victory over Osceola in the title match.
"We put a lot of guys in," coach Mark Allison said. "We knew there were teams here who had some younger wrestlers in there, and we wanted to give our younger wrestlers an opportunity to wrestle to make it more interesting."
In the championship match, Shaun Shakoor (112 pounds), Kane Plate (135), Brandon Smith (152), Mike Hogan (171) and Luis Agramonte (285) all recorded pins. Plate, a junior, is now 9-0 in the two county duals combined. He was 5-0 last year and 4-0 this year (all four were pins).
Agramonte went 5-0 with four pins, and Ray Khemraj went 5-0 with two pins. In the title match, Osceola was led by Shane Haller (189) and Jared Willett (215) with pins, and Thomas Knight (119) with an 8-2 decision.
In the third-place final, Pinellas Park overcame an 34-18 deficit to defeat Seminole 42-34. In the final four weight classes, the Patriots picked up three forfeits. The match was decided at 215 pounds when Dennis Homol won by pin.
"Third place is an excellent thing," coach Tom Reckenwald said. "I knew it was going to come down to the end. I'm really confident in Dennis right now. He pinned a state-caliber wrestler (earlier) in this tournament today."
Toby Tague went 5-0 with four pins for Pinellas Park. Trey Butler was 4-1 with three pins. Seminole was led by Brett Thatcher and Jesse Ellis, who both trailed on the scoreboard but won by pin.
"Seminole has done an impressive job bringing its program around," Reckenwald said.
Allison said all 16 county public schools are expected to compete in the event next year.
Pinellas County Duals
Pool A: Dunedin 3-0, Pinellas Park 2-1, Largo 1-2, Clearwater 0-3.
Pool B: Osceola 3-0, Seminole 2-1, Lakewood 1-2, Northeast 0-3.
Pool matches: Dunedin 60, Clearwater 17; Osceola 64, Northeast 16; Pinellas Park 54, Largo 24; Seminole 54, Lakewood 23; Dunedin 70, Largo 10; Osceola 76, Lakewood 4; Pinellas Park 57, Clearwater 20; Seminole 59, Northeast 24; Dunedin 53, Pinellas Park 26; Osceola 56, Seminole 15; Largo 42, Clearwater 27; Lakewood 45, Northeast 36.
Interpool matches: Dunedin 49, Seminole 27; Osceola 44, Pinellas Park 36; Largo 48, Northeast 26; Lakewood 36, Clearwater 33.
Medal round: Dunedin 52, Osceola 21 (for first place); Pinellas Park 42, Seminole 34 (for third); Largo 42, Lakewood 32 (for fifth); Clearwater 38, Northeast 36 (for seventh).