PHU’s Jared Prince takes third at national competition
PALM HARBOR -
The star of Palm Harbor University wrestler Jared Prince continued its rapid rise last weekend when the sophomore turned in a bronze-medal finish at one of the nation’s premier folkstyle tournaments.
According to results compiled by InterMat.com, Prince took third-place honors at 120 pounds when he pinned Mason Pengilly (Porterville, Calif.) in just 58 seconds. The victory also represented the largest seeding upset of ranked opponents on the meet’s final day. Prince entered Flonationals ranked No. 19 and Pengilly at No. 9.
Prince’s father, former Countryside High School wrestling coach Mark Prince, wrote in an email to The Suncoast News that over 60 nationally ranked wrestlers and many other state champions took part in the April 5-7 tournament held at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pa.
The third-place finish at Flonationals is just the latest of Prince’s high-profile accomplishments. He became PHU’s first-ever state champion in February when he won the 120-pound Class 3A title over rival James Flint of Brandon High.
Overall, Prince went 6-1 at this most recent tournament. His only loss came during a 5-3 decision in the semifinals to the eventual silver medalist, No. 3 Darian Cruz, a senior from Bethlehem Catholic, Pa.