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Wrestling: Dunedin clears early hurdle, then wins Hurricane Duals

PALM HARBOR — Thanks to some key victories over wrestlers known for success at the state tournament, Dunedin was able to turn the table against Wakulla at the sixth annual Palm Harbor Hurricane Duals on Saturday afternoon.

Dunedin opened the tournament against Wakulla on Friday and defeated the War Eagles 45-29. That proved to be the pivotal match as the Falcons went 9-0 and took first place.

Wakulla, the defending champion of this event, went on to win eight straight matches but had to settle for second place. The host Palm Harbor Hurricanes went 7-2 for third place, and River Ridge went 6-3 for fourth.

"Wakulla beat us last year at this tournament, and they beat us pretty good," Dunedin coach Mark Allison said. "It was nice to come back and get the win."

Jeremy Goodloe (125 pounds) led the Falcons with nine victories, including five pins. Ray Khemraj (103), Kane Plate (135), Tyler Smith (145), Austin Prince (140) and Luis Agramonte (285) all had eight wins.

Allison said two of his wrestlers earned victories over defending state champions from Wakulla — Khemraj defeated Jeremy Hall at 103, and Prince defeated Scott Varner at 140. Another key win was Smith beating Preston Muerlott of Gainesville, who is currently ranked No. 6 in the state at 145 pounds.

Palm Harbor coach Brad Sakevich said he was pleased with his team's third-place finish.

"We lost to Dunedin and Wakulla last year, but we're getting closer," he said. "We put together a really good match against Dunedin. We're wrestling a tougher schedule and starting to see results."

Scott Santangelo collected nine wins — five of them pins — at 152 pounds. Tyler Spink had eight wins at 130 while Jared Stippert had eight wins at 215.

River Ridge's only losses were to Dunedin, Wakulla and Palm Harbor.

The Royal Knights were led by Andrew Agazarm (130) with nine wins, including five pins. Landon Vannata (171) and Jon Corrin (215) both had eight wins, including four pins apiece. Jake Horning (189) tallied seven wins and six of them were pins.

Largo (3-6) posted wins over St. Petersburg, Countryside and Jefferson for seventh place. Countryside (2-7) defeated St. Petersburg and Gainesville for eighth place. St. Petersburg (1-8) edged Jefferson for ninth place.

Sixth Annual Hurricane Duals

Team results: Dunedin 9-0, Wakulla 8-1, Palm Harbor University 7-2, River Ridge 6-3, Lakewood Ranch 5-4, Gainesville 3-6, Largo 3-6, Countryside 2-7, St. Petersburg 1-8, Jefferson 1-8.

Scores: Dunedin 45, Wakulla 29; Dunedin 43, Palm Harbor 25; Dunedin 47, River Ridge 22; Dunedin 55, Largo 12; Dunedin 50, Lakewood Ranch 21; Dunedin 64, St. Petersburg 13; Dunedin 74, Countryside 6; Dunedin 62, Gainesville 18; Dunedin 69, Jefferson 0; Wakula 72, Jefferson 12; Wakulla 46, Gainesville 21; Wakulla 47, Palm Harbor 21; Wakulla 42, River Ridge 30; Wakulla 45, Largo 36; Wakulla 74, Lakewood Ranch 6; Wakulla 65, St. Petersburg 16; Wakulla 69, Countryside 12; Palm Harbor 60, Countryside 16; Palm Harbor 72, Jefferson 3; Palm Harbor 61, Gainesville 10; Palm Harbor 50, River Ridge 18; Palm Harbor 54, Largo 15; Palm Harbor 46, Lakewood Ranch 25; Palm Harbor 75, St. Petersburg 5; River Ridge 62, St. Petersburg 17; River Ridge 51, Countryside 27; River Ridge 54, Jefferson 28; River Ridge 48, Gainesville 30; River Ridge 59, Largo 16; River Ridge 42, Lakewood Ranch 36; Lakewood Ranch 54, Largo 15; Lakewood Ranch 48, Gainesville 30; Lakewood Ranch 46, St. Petersburg 23; Lakewood Ranch 42, Countryside 33; Lakewood Ranch 57, Jefferson 21; Gainesville 44, Jefferson 22; Gainesville 45, St. Petersburg 35; Gainesville 34, Largo 33; Largo 53, St. Petersburg 24; Largo 48, Countryside 33; Largo 45, Jefferson 29; Countryside 48, St. Petersburg 17; Countryside 45, Gainesville 36; St. Petersburg 31, Jefferson 30; Jefferson 42, Countryside 41.

Wrestling: Dunedin clears early hurdle, then wins Hurricane Duals 01/23/10 [Last modified: Saturday, January 23, 2010 9:28pm]
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