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Eagles overcome slow start to win

Largo had six wrestlers out with injuries, but Packers coach Kevin Kennedy said that wouldn't have mattered in Tuesday night's dual meet against East Lake.

"We just got beat by a better team," Kennedy said.

The Eagles continued their dominance over county teams and tied a school record for most dual meet wins in a season (13) with a 51-24 victory.

Down 9-6 after three bouts, East Lake took control by winning the next eight for an insurmountable lead. Eagles coach Pete Collins said two wrestlers were key to the comeback, Randy Mills and Dallas Haffner. Mills, a 135-pounder, recorded a pin, and Haffner, a 160-pounder, scored a major decision over Justin Kirchmann, a conference champion.

"I'm really proud of the way we wrestled," Collins said. "The team has put together a nice record."

With Tuesday's win, East Lake's record is 13-5-1. All five losses have come against state-ranked opponents.

The Eagles can break the record for dual meet victories in a season against Palm Harbor University on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Largo has to regroup for the final dual meet of the season against Tarpon Springs, also on Thursday.

"This was a good wake-up call for us because we got beat soundly," Kennedy said.