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Wrestling: PHU wins East Lake Invitational

EAST LAKE — Palm Harbor University's wrestling team returned to the East Lake Invitational after a six-year hiatus, then proceeded to crown six individual champions and walk away with the team title.

The Hurricanes, usually participants in Durant's Cougar Invitational that moved from the first weekend in December to Dec. 20-21, won six of the first seven championship round matches Saturday to storm to 268.5 points, well ahead of Lakeland's George Jenkins (223).

Dunedin finished sixth with 148 points as three Falcons advanced to finals, highlighted by Anthony Dampier winning at 170 pounds.

But it was the Hurricanes who devoured the lighter weights. Tim Sakow (106 pounds) pinned his way into the final and scored a 17-1 tech fall over Jake Semrad of Lyman.

"He (Sakow) is really taking one for the team in his senior year, wrestling at 106," PHU coach Brad Sakevich said. "He should probably start at 113."

Anthony Mina (113) gutted out a 6-3 win over Brandon McQuinn of Anclote. Defending state champion, Jared Prince (126) pinned all five wrestlers he faced, including Dunedin's Brendon Ditro in 5:40. Connor Prince (132) pinned all five of his opponents, including his George Jenkins foe in the final.

Anthony Agazarm, voted the most outstanding wrestler, beat Seminole's Anthony Parisi 6-5 in the 138-pound final.

And lastly for the Hurricanes, Aaron Hartman topped Dunedin's Marc Allison 3-1 at 145.

Earlier, Allison had wrestled what was perhaps the best match of the day, beating Venice's CJ Trammell with an escape for a 4-3 win in four overtimes.

Dunedin's Ditro reached the 126-pound final via a 5-3 overtime win in the semifinals against Zach Kelly, also of Venice.

Seminole finished 10th as a team with 79 points, led by Parisi's trip the finals. Parisi is a transfer from legendary Easton High in Pennsylvania. He escaped from Agazarm at the end of their 138 final but it was ruled to have come after the clock expired.

Wrestling: PHU wins East Lake Invitational 12/07/13 [Last modified: Saturday, December 7, 2013 10:51pm]
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