Jersey Shore: O’Connor takes eighth at States

By MITCH RUPERT

For The Express

HERSHEY-Jersey Shore’s Hunter O’Connor finished his career with an eighth-place finish at 182 pounds at the PIAA State Wrestling Championships. O’Connor placed for the second consecutive year in Hershey.

“It sucks that it’s all over,” O’Connor said. “It’s not quite the way I wanted to go out. But at the end of the day, I did the best I could so there’s nothing to hang my head over.”

O’Connor couldn’t hide the disappointment of earning an eighth-place medal for the second consecutive year. He was the top seed in the weight class but suffered a disappointing loss in the consolation quarterfinals Friday night when he was leading by a point and got caught trying to hit a big throw.

Looking back on it now, he wishes he had approached that situation differently. But at the same time, going for a big throw is who O’Connor is as a wrestler.

“It’s kind of a hard habit to break,” O’Connor said. “I have to be more mat wise. But it’s who I am.”

O’Connor finished his career as the third-winningest wrestler in Jersey Shore history. And while his career may not have finished quite like he would have liked, he knows he did all he could to get to where he is.

“I left it all out on the mat and that’s all I can ask for,” O’Connor said. “It’s not the result I wanted, but I’m not going to hang my head at all.”

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