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MAU wrestling rolls to tournament title; BBA girls basketball win fourth straight

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MAU wrestling rolls to tournament title; BBA girls basketball win fourth straight

BBA girls basketball wins fourth straight
12/21/2014 09:24 PM EST
BERLIN, Conn. >> The Mount Anthony Union High School wrestling team placed nine wrestlers in the final and had five champions as the Patriots claimed the C.J. McCormick tournament title. MAU had 270.5 team points, while New Milford was second with 210. Windham, Nashoba and host Berlin rounded out the top 5. 
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MAU wrestling nabs major win over Noble
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MAU track fields a young team for indoor season
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