And then it was on to the regional meet.
Spanish Springs wrapped up yet another undefeated dual season on Wednesday with a commanding 66-13 home win over Reed.
The Cougars, who had already clinched their ninth straight league title, pushed their dual winning streak to 55. The young Raiders finished 1-4 in league duals.
“We kind of talked about it as a group. We have eight seniors going out. It’s the last time doing a lot of things with those guys,” Spanish Springs coach Joe Imelli said. “I thought they did a really nice job so I’m definitely pleased.”
Spanish Springs won 10 matches by fall in the regular season finale. Owen Jones (106), Jacob Ruiz (113), James Daniels (120), Dustin Congdon (132), Blake Boswell (145), Jacob Dye (160), Logan Klonicke (182), Casey Preston (195), Joey Arterburn (220) and Tyler Barats (heavyweight) all picked up six points for the Cougs.
Reed also forfeited the 152-pound class.
The Raiders got points from Austin Martinez (126), who won by fall with 59 seconds left in the third round, Izzy Casarez (138), who won by major decision, 18-4, and Austyn Mitchell (170), who snuck out a 5-4 decision.
“We’ve got so much youth on this team (17 freshmen), more than anybody else in the area,” Reed coach Mike Klapp said. “I mean sure, we want to win. We want to win now. But I’ll tell you these kids at Spanish Springs are really tough.”
Both squads will now turn their attention to the regional meet which will run Feb. 12-13 at Spanish Springs.
Reed will be led by Casarez, a two-time defending regional champ.
“He’s got some pretty high goals for this season and I think he can achieve them,” Klapp said. “His goal is standing on a podium in Vegas. And he can do it.”
Spanish Springs has won six of the last seven regional titles and Imelli said expectations are nothing short of making it seven of the last eight.
“Our group throughout this year has done great things. It really has,” Spanish Springs’ coach said. “For our expectation to be anything less than a regional title would be an injustice to how they’ve prepared and what they’ve done this year.
“It’s also something we understand is not given.”