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Eagles trounce conference foes

Brandon has little problem winning the Western Conference Tournament as it sends 12 to the finals.

By TERRY JONES

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 4, 2001


RIVERVIEW -- David Emch guided Brandon to team championship No. 28 in the Western Conference Tournament on Saturday.

The senior 142-pounder also set a team and personal record. In scoring three falls in his three matches, he extended his streak of consecutive pins to 100. "Scoring falls is an objective in wrestling," Emch said. "If I had been unable to score a pin and still win, I would not have been disappointed. It happened though, and I am happy about it."

With 12 Eagles in the finals, the scene appeared to be a conference all-star team against the Eagles in a dual meet. Even though the Eagles would have yielded 12 points because of the two missing teammates, the 12 scored 38 points to 24 for the rest of the Western Conference. They won the team title with nine champions and 3251/2 points.

Bloomingdale was second with four champions and 232 points, followed by Plant City with 101, Chamberlain with 81, Riverview with 741/2 and Plant with 69.

Four wrestlers came out of the tournament still undefeated: Brandon's Alejandro Figueroa (105), Brian Burgman (137) and Emch and two-time state champion David Mason (127) of Bloomingdale.

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