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Wrestling: Tampa Prep's Wes Jarrell rolls to 160 crown, Springstead wins Cougar Invite title

DURANT — Tampa Prep's Wes Jarrell came into Saturday's 14th annual Cougar Invitational wrestling meet knowing he would face state-level competition.

After not placing last year, Jarrell rolled to the 160-pound title, winning the finals 8-0 over Jeff Smith from Palm Bay.

"The competition was great here, and my mind-set was to wrestle 100 percent each match," Jarrell said. "It lets me know what my strengths and weaknesses are, and what I need to work on."

"This is a good way for him to start off the season," said Tampa Prep coach Andy Bricker, whose team was 19th in the 30-team field. "It means a lot to win one of the toughest competitions in the state."

Jarrell finished the meet 5-0, pinning three of his opponents, and scoring major decisions in the other two matches.

"He really dominated every opponent he had this weekend," Bricker said. "He is a two-time state placer, and we expect him to bring home the state championship."

Springstead won the team championship 212.50 to 211 over Kissimmee Osceola.

Nick Soto (130) and Cody Ross (135) both won individual titles for Springstead. Shawn Landraff (152) and John Dreggors (285) placed second in their respective weight classes. Richie Bliss (103) and Casey Quinn (171) added fourth-place finishes. Sean Redman (119) and Thomas Ellerbe (160) finished fifth in their weight classes while Virgil Toms (125) finished sixth.

Brandon dominates

LAND O'LAKES — Brandon, ranked fifth in the nation, outscored the Swamp Challenge Duals field 403-0 to take the title.

"There was some good competition out there, and we had a really good performance today," Brandon coach Russ Cozart said.

Brandon beat Wesley Chapel (81-0), Land O'Lakes (81-0), Sebring (79-0) and Zephyrhills (78-0) in pool duals. Then the Eagles blanked Pasco 84-0, as seven of their 14 wrestlers had a pin in less than one minute.

Andy Villamarzo contributed to this report.

Wrestling: Tampa Prep's Wes Jarrell rolls to 160 crown, Springstead wins Cougar Invite title 12/05/09 [Last modified: Saturday, December 5, 2009 11:21pm]
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