EAST LAKE — Only a few weeks into the wrestling season, and Dunedin already seems to be in top form.
After winning the Peter Barker Memorial tournament a couple of weeks ago, the Falcons finished atop a 23-team field with 251 points, 54.5 in front of second-place Largo (196.5) to claim their second straight East Lake Invitational team title Saturday evening.
"Our returning veterans did what they needed to do today," Dunedin coach Marc Allison said. "We still have a lot of work to do. I was please with the win against quality competition."
Dunedin sent six wrestlers to the finals, and four claimed individual titles: Ray Khemraj (103 pounds), Shawn Shakoor (112), Kyle Goodnow (160) and Mike Hogan (171).
Largo had three wrestlers advance to finals. Josh Jeffries (145) and David Vogheny (189) won their respective weight classes.
Northside Christian finished fourth overall with 138.5 points and Countryside (92) was 11th.
In the 135-pound weight class, Northside's Dalton Dennis and Largo's Clarence Longley produced one of the most exciting finals of the day. The match went down to the final seconds, with Dennis leading 4-3. Longley tried various escape moves to gain the equalizing point, but he was not successful.
"We're friends, but he's a really tough opponent," said Dennis, now 11-0. "We're pretty familiar with each other's styles. It's a good win for morale for me early in the season."