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Springstead

Eagles avoid upset; catch Tigers by the tail


Published:   |   Updated: December 17, 2013 at 04:41 PM

SPRING HILL - Talk about surviving a challenge.

Springstead's 33-year streak of never dropping a dual meet at home to Tampa-Jesuit came precariously close to ending Saturday evening.

The match's seventh and final score change made the difference, 36-33 Eagles.

Despite the narrow margin of victory, SHS (5-0 tourney, 5-0 overall) fended off a quality field to defend its 6-Way Combs Duals II title.

The tourney win was the Eagles' third this winter in three weekends and their 12th in 14 events under second-year skipper Sal Basile. The five wins extended SHS' county record to 49 since 2008.

The Eagles, winners of three Class 2A state titles in a row, hadn't faced Jesuit - last winter's sixth-place team in the FHSAA 2A Finals - in a dual meet since Jan. 5, 2001 at the Berkeley Prep Duals, winning easily 69-5.

The Spring Hill mat men haven't dropped a dual meet to the Tigers in yearly 20 years - or since Nov. 23, 1994 when the host Tigers ambushed the Eagles in Hillsborough County, 43-21.

Eighth-year Tigers head coach Mike Scicchitano's teams entered the final robin-round match of the day unbeaten along with host Springstead at 4-0.

Through 12 matches, the Tigers led 33-29 thanks to senior Anthony Zucco's 20-8 dismantling of Springstead frosh Richie Rivera at 113 pounds. The first-year grappler Rivera's ability not to get pinned was huge.

At 120, unheralded Springstead junior Quentin D'Alessandro flopped back-and-forth with freshman Jarrett Roop. Both wrestlers had the other on his back twice before D'Alessandro completed a clutch 14-7 decision to narrow the Tigers' lead to 33-32.

In the final match of the day, Springstead junior captain and two-time state qualifier Michael McDonald at 126 twisted junior R.C. Consuegra into a 13-3 major decision.

Springstead repeated by collecting 47 wins in 65 bouts (72 percent), featuring 20 pins.

A meet-best six Eagles finished unbeaten featuring: D'Alessandro, McDonald, seniors Jordan Rivera at 145 and Corey Humphrey at 220, and juniors Matt Landgraff at 106 and Andrew Smith at 132-138.

Though the Tigers competed without two state placers from 2013 - sophomore Adam Lewis (sore knee) and freshman Mike Mosco (football) - JHS refused the make excuses or label the close loss "a moral win."

"The reason why we came here was to compete versus the best and I'm very proud of how we competed today," explained Scicchitano. "It wasn't perfect. Everything has to click to beat Springstead. But tonight let us know where we're at and what we've got to start working on."

On the tourney's biggest positives, "With Jesuit wrestling we're not in the business of embracing excuses. We were missing a couple guys, so was everybody else," stressed Scicchitano. "I'm real happy with how we competed, even late in the last match.

"R.C. had his hands full with McDonald, but he wrestled hard - that's all we want. It's only December in the calendar, not February."

Afterward, Coach Basile praised Jesuit's efforts.

"Jesuit is a quality program with quality kids and a quality coach," described Basile. "They're not throwing out excuses; neither do we. They had two horses out, but everybody here was missing guys. It was fun for the fans, but a little too close."

In Basile's evaluation, "My biggest disappointment was in the matches that we were in and then gave up pins - that's unacceptable. Sometimes you have to know your role. Giving up pins in a dual meet is like driving home nails in a coffin. We did that three times against Lowndes County."

The Eagles' tourney MVP was an easy choice.

"With the dual meet on the line, Quentin fought off his back twice with two scrambles," detailed Basile. "This was really his first season of high-pressure matches and I'm very proud of how he responded.

"I've got to give props to Mikey (McDonald), too. There are no guarantees in life or in wrestling. But with Mikey competing in our last match, he's the guy I would want to save my life. I believe in Mikey."

Landgraff, McDonald and Humphrey combined to go 15-0 with seven pins.

Entering next week's Cougar Invitational at Plant City-Durant, Landgraff (95-21) is five wins away from 100 career victories while McDonald (96-16) needs four to also reach the century mark.

Across 33 seasons, 22 SHS grapplers have reached 100-plus career wins.

D'Alessandro, who placed sixth during the Wildcat Invitational at Ocala-Forest before going 3-2 and not placing at the Brooksville-Kiwanis Invitational the previous weekend, bounced back as the hero at home.

"I felt pretty awesome today," said the 16-year-old D'Alessandro, who improved to 10-4. "Going into that last match I completely knew the situation. It was all on me. I told myself, 'I have no choice, but to wrestle well.'"

On the significance of the come-from-behind win, "We definitely needed this," he said. "The biggest lesson I learned was I've got to keep up my intensity. Even though I went unbeaten today, it's not enough for the rest of the season."

"I'd give us a B-plus today," described the 18-year-old Jordan Rivera. "We had a lot of positives. I thought we came together as a team. We beat a good team in the finals.

"D'Alessandro was a beast today; he should get a lot of credit. We had struggles and suffered some tough losses, but we came back with some great wins."

Rivera, who climbed to 9-0, is within three wins of climbing past Anthony DeCristofaro's 134 career wins into eighth-place on the SHS all-time wins list.

"It's coming," explained Rivera. "I'm not taking any steps backward. The toughest kid I faced was the Lowndes County guy. He was pretty strong."

After earning a gold medal at Forest, Smith dropped two nondescript matches to go 3-2 at Kiwanis.

He returned to last year's dominant self with four first-period pins - tying Landgraff for the team-best effort.

"Last week, I cut weight wrong," said the 16-year-old Smith. "The focus this week was on pins."

On the tourney's difference, "I thought Jesuit was a good team," he said. "Both of us we're missing guys. I was very happy the way we finished the last match with Quentin and Mikey. Quentin scared me a couple of times, but he took care of business.

"On the last match, Mikey knew what he had to do and just did it."

Combs 6-Way Duals at Springstead

Final Team Standings

PL TEAM CLASS W L .PCT

1. Springstead 2A-5 5 0 1.000

2. Tampa-Jesuit 2A-8 4 1 .800

3. Lowndes County, Ga. n/a 3 2 .600

4. Nature Coast Technical 1A-6 2 3 .400

4. Hudson-Fivay 2A-9 1 4 .200

5. Citra-North Marion 1A-5 0 5 .000

TOTALS 15 15 .500

2013 Springstead Individual Results (thru 5 rounds)

WGT NAME W L PINS

106 Landgraff, Matt 5 0 4

106-113 Rivera, Richie 3 2 1

120-126 McDonald, Michael 5 0 2

120-126 D'Alessandro, Quentin 5 0 0

132-138 Smith, Andrew 5 0 4

132-138 Voisinet, Jonathan 3 2 2

145 Rivera, Jordan 5 0 2

152 Buonanno, Vincent 3 2 1

160 Holdway, Robert 2 3 1

160-170 Swift, Billy 4 1 1

182-195 Wiggins, Shane 1 4 1

220 Humphrey, Corey 5 0 1

285 Erwin, Daniel 1 4 0

TOTALS (13) 47 18 20

2013 Nature Coast Technical Individual Results (thru 5 rounds)

WGT NAME W L PINS

120 Davis, Keegan 1 4 1

126-132 Espinosa, Mark 3 2 1

126 Oliveira, Austin 1 0 0

132-138 D'Amico, James 2 3 1

138-145 DeFranco, Joey 4 1 2

145 Alicea, Raivyn 3 2 0

152 Rivera, Adrian 0 2 0

160 Alicea, Christian 1 4 0

170-182 Gray, LeShaun 3 2 1

182 Young, Travis 1 2 0

195 Ritchie, Frank 3 2 1

220 Contegiacomo, Anthony 4 1 1

285 Brooks, Dean 3 2 2

TOTALS (13) 29 27 10

Round 1:

Tampa-Jesuit (TJ) 60, Nature Coast Technical (NCT) 15

Lowndes County, Ga. (LC) 73, Citra-North Marion (NM) 3

Springstead (SPG) 53, Hudson-Fivay (FIV) 18

106 - Matt Landgraff (SPG) pin Joey Zizzo, 3:45.

113 - Jose Morales (FIV) dec. Richie Rivera, 9-7 (OT).

120 - Michael McDonald (SPG) tech. fall Cole Manion, 16-0.

126 - Quentin D'Alessandro (SPG) won by forfeit.

132 - Andrew Smith (SPG) pin Robert Jordan, 1:11.

138 - Jonathan Voisinet (SPG) pin Mike Ferlita, 2:32.

145 - Jordan Rivera (SPG) won by forfeit.

152 - Vincent Buonanno (SPG) won by forfeit.

160 - Andrew Scherer (FIV) pin Billy Swift, 3:15.

170 - Dominic Coleman (FIV) dec. Robert Holdway, 2-1.

182 - Nicco Lightfoot (FIV) pin Shane Wiggins, 3:52.

195 - Double forfeit.

220 - Corey Humphrey (SPG) won by forfeit.

285 - Daniel Erwin (SPG) won by forfeit.

Records - Hudson-Fivay (0-1 tourney, 0-1 overall), Springstead (1-0 tourney, 1-0 overall).

Tampa-Jesuit (TJ) 59, Nature Coast Technical (NCT) 15

106 - Anthony Howard (TJ) won by forfeit.

113 - Anthony Zucco (TJ) won by forfeit.

120 - Jarrett Roop (TJ) pin Keegan Davis, 2:41.

126 - RC Conseguera (TJ) dec. Mark Espinosa, 6-3.

132 - Danny Boon (TJ) major dec. James D'Amico, 12-0.

138 - Joey DeFranco (NCT) pin Dean Berninghaus, 0:22.

145 - Raivyn Alicea (NCT) dec. Conner Mueller, 6-1.

152 - Brian Buser (TJ) pin Adrian Rivera, 2:24.

160 - Marc Iurato (TJ) pin Christian Alicea, 0:45.

170 - Donovan Pedrero (TJ) major dec. LeShaun Gray, 13-1.

182 - Nick Ligori (TJ) pin Travis Young, 1:47.

195 - John Mooney (TJ) pin Frank Ritchie, 1:40.

220 - Anthony Contegiacomo (NCT) won by forfeit.

285 - Austin Underwood (TJ) pin Dean Brooks, 0:41.

Records - Tampa-Jesuit (1-0 tourney, 7-1 overall),

Nature Coast Technical (0-1 tourney, 8-5 overall).

Round 2:

Tampa-Jesuit (TJ) 45, Lowndes County, Ga. (LC) 21

Hudson-Fivay (FIV) 42, Citra-North Marion (NM) 18

Springstead (SPG) 62, Nature Coast Technical (NCT) 15

106 - Richie Rivera (SPG) won by forfeit.

113 - Matt Landgraff (SPG) won by forfeit.

120 - Quentin D'Alessandro (SPG) tech. fall Keegan Davis, 15-0.

126 - Michael McDonald (SPG) pin Mark Espinosa, 0:55.

132 - Jonathan Voisinet (SPG) pin James D'Amico, 3:27.

138 - Andrew Smith (SPG) pin Joey DeFranco, 1:51.

145 - Jordan Rivera (SPG) pin Raivyn Alicea, 1:21.

152 - Vincent Buonanno (SPG) pin Adrian Rivera, 5:44.

160 - Robert Holdway (SPG) pin Christian Alicea, 1:36.

170 - Billy Swift (SPG) won by forfeit.

182 - LeShaun Gray (NCT) dec. Shane Wiggins, 9-2.

195 - Frank Ritchie (NCT) won by forfeit.

220 - Corey Humphrey (SPG) dec. Anthony Contegiacomo, 11-5.

285 - Dean Brooks (NCT) pin Daniel Erwin, 5:38.

Records - Nature Coast Technical (0-2 tourney, 8-6 overall), Springstead (2-0 tourney, 2-0 overall).

Round 3:

Tampa-Jesuit (TJ) 48, Hudson-Fivay (FIV) 16

Lowndes County, Ga. (LC) 52, Nature Coast Technical (NCT) 24

106 - Travvon Rutledge (LC) won by forfeit.

113 - Brandon Hansel (LC) won by forfeit.

120 - Jacquavious Johnson (LC) major dec. Keegan Davis, 10-0.

126 - Mark Espinosa (NCT) pin Blake Hedgecock, 2:14.

132 - Robbie Powell (LC) pin James D'Amico, 2:39.

138 - Joey DeFranco (NCT) pin Norman Davis, 2:19.

145 - Davis Ison (LC) pin Raivyn Alicea, 1:13.

152 - Byrd Ison (LC) won by forfeit.

160 - Carl Jackson (LC) pin Christian Alicea, 2:30

170 - Landon Miley (LC) dec. LeShaun Gray, 2-1.

182 - Rocco Angelillo (LC) dec. Travis Young, 8-3.

195 - Russ Byington (LC) pin Frank Ritchie, 3:02.

220 - Anthony Contegiacomo (NCT) pin Frank Crawley, 1:08.

285 - Dean Brooks (NCT) pin Caleb Fudge, 1:36.

Records - Lowndes County (2-1 tourney, 7-6 overall),

Nature Coast Technical (0-3 tourney, 8-7 overall).

Springstead (SPG) 69, Citra-North Marion (NM) 6

106 - Richie Rivera (SPG) won by forfeit.

113 - Matt Landgraff (SPG) pin Travis Cicchella, 0:33.

120 - Michael McDonald (SPG) won by forfeit.

126 - Quentin D'Alessandro (SPG) won by forfeit.

132 - Jonathan Voisinet (SPG) won by forfeit.

138 - Andrew Smith (SPG) won by forfeit.

145 - Jordan Rivera (SPG) won by forfeit.

152 - Vincent Buonanno (SPG) won by forfeit.

160 - Robert Holdway (SPG) won by forfeit.

170 - Billy Swift (SPG) pin Mike Leon, 3:37.

182 - Double forfeit.

195 - Shane Wiggins (SPG) pin Haden Moore, 0:56.

220 - Corey Humphrey (SPG) dec. Alex Williams, 6-0.

285 - Phillip Baer (NM) pin Daniel Erwin, 5:42.

Records - Citra-North Marion (0-3 tourney, 0-17 overall), Springstead (3-0 tourney, 3-0 overall).

Round 4:

Tampa-Jesuit (TJ) 75, Citra-North Marion (NM) 6

Nature Coast Technical (NCT) 57, Hudson-Fivay (FIV) 24

106 - Joey Zizzo (FIV) won by forfeit.

113 - Jose Morales (FIV) won by forfeit.

120 - Cole Manion (FIV) pin Keegan Davis, 3:15.

126 - Austin Oliveira (NCT) won by forfeit.

132 - Mark Espinosa (NCT) dec. Robert Jordan, 5-1.

138 - James D'Amico (NCT) pin Mike Ferlita, 0:52.

145 - Joey DeFranco (NCT) won by forfeit.

152 - Raivyn Alicea (NCT) won by forfeit.

160 - Andrew Scherer (FIV) pin Christian Alicea, 0:35.

170 - LeShaun Gray (NCT) pin Dominic Coleman, 3:58.

182 - Travis Young (NCT) won by forfeit.

195 - Frank Ritchie (NCT) won by forfeit.

220 - Anthony Contegiacomo (NCT) won by forfeit.

285 - Dean Brooks (NCT) won by forfeit.

Nature Coast Technical (1-3 tourney, 9-7 overall).

Springstead (SPG) 41, Lowndes County, Ga. (LC) 30

106 - Matt Landgraff (SPG) pin Travvon Rutledge, 0:47.

113 - Richie Rivera (SPG) pin Brandon Hansel, 1:06.

120 - Quentin D'Alessandro (SPG) major dec. Jacquavious Johnson, 12-2.

126 - Michael McDonald (SPG) pin Blake Hedgecock, 0:50.

132 - Robbie Powell (LC) pin Jonathan Voisinet, 2:58.

138 - Andrew Smith (SPG) pin Norman Davis, 1:45.

145 - Jordan Rivera (SPG) dec. Davis Ison, 3-2.

152 - Byrd Ison (LC) dec. Vincent Buonanno, 6-1 (OT).

160 - Carl Jackson (LC) dec. Robert Holdway, 4-1.

170 - Billy Swift (SPG) major dec. Landon Miley, 10-2.

182 - Rocco Angelillo (LC) pin Shane Wiggins, 2:41.

195 - Russ Byington (LC) won by forfeit.

220 - Corey Humphrey (SPG) pin Frank Crawley, 3:25.

285 - Caleb Fudge (LC) pin Daniel Erwin, 1:37.

Records - Lowndes County (2-2 tourney, 7-7 overall), Springstead (4-0 tourney, 4-0 overall).

Round 5:

Lowndes County, Ga. (LC) 60, Hudson-Fivay (FIV) 23

Nature Coast Technical (NCT) 48, Citra-North Marion (NM) 6

106 - Double forfeit.

113 - Double forfeit.

120 - Keegan Davis (NCT) pin Travis Cicchella, 0:45.

126 - Mark Espinosa (NCT) won by forfeit.

132 - James D'Amico (NCT) won by forfeit.

138 - Joey DeFranco (NCT) won by forfeit.

145 - Raivyn Alicea (NCT) won by forfeit.

152 - Double forfeit.

160 - Christian Alicea (NCT) won by forfeit.

170 - LeShaun Gray (NCT) dec. Mike Leon, 7-0.

182 - Double forfeit.

195 - Frank Ritchie (NCT) pin Haden Moore, 3:57.

220 - Anthony Contegiacomo (NCT) dec. Alex Williams, 1-0.

285 - Phillip Baer (NM) pin Dean Brooks, 3:34.

Nature Coast Technical (2-3 tourney, 10-7 overall).

(Championship)

Springstead (SPG) 36, Tampa-Jesuit (TJ) 33

106 - Matt Landgraff (SPG) pin Anthony Howard, 4:28.

113 - Anthony Zucco (TJ) major dec. Richie Rivera, 20-8.

120 - Quentin D'Alessandro (SPG) dec. Jarrett Roop, 14-7.

126 - Michael McDonald (SPG) major dec. RC Conseguera, 13-3.

132 - Danny Boon (TJ) dec. Jonathan Voisinet, 7-3.

138 - Andrew Smith (SPG) pin Dean Berninghaus, 1:30.

145 - Jordan Rivera (SPG) pin Conner Mueller, 2:33.

152 - Brian Buser (TJ) major dec. Vincent Buonanno, 12-0.

160 - Marc Iurato (TJ) pin Robert Holdway, 1:45.

170 - Billy Swift (SPG) tech. fall Donovan Pedrero, 20-5.

182 - Nick Ligori (TJ) major dec. Shane Wiggins, 12-3.

195 - John Mooney (TJ) won by forfeit.

220 - Corey Humphrey (SPG) won by forfeit.

285 - Austin Underwood (TJ) pin Daniel Erwin, 0:16.

Records - Tampa-Jesuit (4-1 tourney, 10-2 overall), Springstead (5-0 tourney, 5-0 overall).

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