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Eagles ease through Day 1 of tournament

Springstead was the projected team favorite heading into this weekend's 25th annual Kiwanis Tournament at Hernando. Nothing on Day 1 changed that.

The Eagles moved 10 of 13 into the second round with only Craig Brice at 160 advancing with the benefit of a bye. Five of Springstead's entries came into the event seeded first in their respective classes.

"We feel good so far," Springstead coach Eric Swensen said. "We picked up a lot of early wins and nine pins. Tomorrow is going to be a long day."

Schuyler Swanton (103), Skylar Huff (119) and Mike Heagney (189) were the most impressive in their wins with first-period pins from all three.

Steven Bliss (112) may face the toughest bracket after winning his first-round match over North Marion's Bronc Platt. Last season's Kiwanis champion, Dex Christmas of Belleview, is seeded first with Bliss second. Before the two can face off, Bliss has to go through Crystal River's Brandon Jones.

Wesley Chapel's Alex Turner did not gain a top seed in the 160-pound class, but won his opener over Zephyrhills' William Boggs. Turner pinned him in only 49 seconds to move on.

Nature Coast, reeling from early-season losses and the absence of 160-pound Alfredo Lindo, made some strides.

"If our heavyweights can make some noise here early on, we can put up a good showing," coach Mike Lastra said.

Four of 10 Sharks with a first-round matches moved on with region qualifier Brandon Nuby (189) leading the way. Nuby's first-round win over Lakewood's Trevor Barnes gave Lastra hope for the rest of the tournament.