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Wrestling: Palm Harbor University wins Jerry Mita Tournament

PINELLAS PARK — Palm Harbor University's Prince twins produced an imposing display of skill Saturday during the finals of the Jerry Mita Invitational at Pinellas Park.

The Hurricanes entered the tournament as the favorite and lived up to expectations, sending six of their wrestlers to the finals and winning with 260 points.

East Bay finished second with 194.5 followed by Sarasota, Osceola and Bradenton Southeast.

"I actually thought East Bay was the favorites coming into this," PHU coach Stan Sakevich said. "I thought we had an outside shot at having eight kids in the finals. But I'll take six. We had one that was winning and got caught in the last 10 seconds."

Freshman Conner Prince made quick work of East Bay's Matt Harkins, earning a fall in 1:26 to take the 106-pound final. Conner pinned all of his opponents.

"You've got to keep pushing and keep fighting. And you look for an opening, and you take it," Conner said. "Coach puts us through good conditioning, and we're all in good shape. And when you have a lot of good wrestlers on your team, you get better."

Jared Conner dominated the 113-pound final, nearly pinning Bradenton Lakewood Ranch's Evan Dipsiner several times before earning a 12-1 decision. Both twins are 13-1.

Osceola's Jordan Harriot won the 160-pound title and was named Outstanding Wrestler, which is voted on by the coaches.

Northeast's Chris Roane (285) won his second straight tournament title.

Other champions from the bay area were: PHU's Mike May (120), East Bay's Roel Pecina (126), East Lake's Dylan Husserl (132), Wharton's Tyler Libeartore (138), PHU's Aaron Hartman (145), East Bay's Morquez Forrest (170), Clearwater's Elisei Carcalete (182) and Tarpon Springs' Dylan Fanelli (195).

Wrestling: Palm Harbor University wins Jerry Mita Tournament 12/10/11 [Last modified: Saturday, December 10, 2011 9:20pm]

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