Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Wrestling: Springstead repeats as Combs Duals champion

SPRING HILL — Springstead did everything it could to bolster the opponents scheduled for the second annual Combs Duals this season, and the programs on hand were impressive.

Even with Georgia power Lowndes County and Jesuit in the mix, the Eagles remained unblemished, going 5-0 to win its second straight championship.

The six-team field included Nature Coast (2-3), Fivay (1-4) and North Marion (0-5) in addition to Lowndes (3-2) and Jesuit (4-1). Springstead topped the Vikings (41-30) and Tigers (36-33) in the last two rounds.

In the fourth round, the Eagles trailed Lowndes 30-25 with three bouts remaining. But then Matt Landgraff (106 pounds) got one of his four pins against Travvon Rutledge in only 47 seconds, scoring six points, and the Eagles led 31-30. Richie Rivera (113) and Quentin D'Alessandro (120) put the match out of reach with wins.

In the fifth round, the Eagles trailed again, 31-30, before D'Alessandro won his match and Mike McDonald (126) clinched the overall title against Jesuit's Anthony Zucco.

"We gave up too many pins, and that will kill you in these dual meets," Springstead coach Sal Basile said, "But there were a lot of good things, too. Our good guys wrestled (the opponents') best guys, and we won."

Fivay was without state-ranked Nicco Lightfoot (170), who suffered a shoulder injury in practice earlier this week. Andrew Scherer (160) pulled off one of the more impressive individual efforts of the tournament when he pinned Springstead's Billy Swift in the first round.

Nature Coast's Mark Espinosa went 4-1 in the tournament, his loss coming against Fivay's Cole Manion.

According to Sharks coach Mike Lastra, he did his best to line up his wrestlers with the most difficult opponents possible. "We compete in these tournaments to get better," he said. "The only way you can do that is by challenging yourself. The guys responded."

Wrestling: Springstead repeats as Combs Duals champion 12/14/13 [Last modified: Saturday, December 14, 2013 7:50pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Longest home run at Trop and Erasmo Ramirez's pitching doom Rays (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Kevin Kiermaier returned. The problem was, so did Erasmo Ramirez.

    Seattle Mariners first baseman Yonder Alonso (10) scores on the double by Seattle Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz (23) in the first inning of the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Friday, August 18, 2017.
  2. Rays journal: Kevin Kiermaier returns, Mallex Smith sent to Triple A

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — It didn't take CF Kevin Kiermaier long to make his presence felt during his return Friday to the Rays lineup. Kiermaier pretended to have Mariners DH Nelson Cruz's first-inning line drive lined up even as the ball went past him to his right and to the wall.

    Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier (39) flies out in the first inning of the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Friday, August 18, 2017.
  3. Rays vs. Mariners, 6:10 p.m. Saturday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Tonight: vs. Mariners

    6:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    This is a 2017 photo of Jake Odorizzi of the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team. This image reflects the 2017 active roster as of Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 when this image was taken. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  4. Bucs journal: Starting defense disappointed holding Jags to 1 rushing yard


    JACKSONVILLE — The Bucs' starting defense held the Jaguars to a total of 1 rushing yard on seven carries in the first half of Thursday's 12-8 preseason win.

    And its members were disappointed.

    Jacksonville Jaguars running back T.J. Yeldon (24) is thrown for a 1-yard loss as he is stopped by Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David (54) and defensive end Robert Ayers (91) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux) JVS102
  5. Jameis Winston's hardest lesson: He can't always save the day


    TAMPA — Ever wonder what in the world goes through Jameis Winston's mind when he tries to fit the ball in a keyhole as he is being dragged to the turf like he was during Thursday night's 12-8 preseason win over the Jaguars?

    Jameis Winston, left, tries to hang on to the ball as Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler tries to strip it from him.