BENNINGTON -- In the first contested match of the night, Mount Anthony's 113-pounder, Tyler Raetz, trailed 9-4 after the first period.
But the sophomore didn't put his head down and continued to battle, eventually tying the match against a stalling Austin Shorey with 18 seconds left to reach overtime. Then, with the momentum, Raetz scored a takedown with eight seconds left to win.
"He has an engine that doesnt quit, he battled back," said MAU coach Scott Legacy. "[Shorey] was obviously stalling. It was a good win coming back, and it got the crowd fired up."
The opening bout set up the night for the Patriots, as five wrestlers scored pins in a 57-10 victory over Noble, Maine, on Friday night.
"Tyler Raetz was crazy, going 100 mph but he never gives up," Legacy said. "If he had settled down from the beginning, he wouldnt have dug that [first-period] hole to begin with."
Raetz's win was one of six for the Patriots to start the match. Troy Gassaway dominated at 120 for a tech fall to make it 14-0, then Mount Anthony scored three straight first-period falls at 126, 132 and 138 pounds.
Taber Watson was first, taking advantage of a mistake to win in 1:33. Then Dylan LaFountain fired out of the gate immediately for a pin in 24 seconds, which was followed up by Bailey Willard's pin in 57 seconds.
At 145, Darren Ruiz-Sauer outwrestled his opponent, Chris Ziadeh, for two periods, but fell apart in the third as Ziadeh scored a reversal and a 3-point near fall at the buzzer to eke out a 7-6 decision.
"Darren outwrestled his guy the whole match, but made a techinical mistake. He went to the well once too many times," Legacy said.
Jacob Woodside dominated his opponent, PJ Walker, at 160 pounds. He led 7-2 after the first period and 14-3 after the second, seemingly scoring takedowns at will. After a near-fall made it 16-3, he finally notched the fall with 36 seconds left. The four heavyweights -- Austin Price (182), Tyler Mattison (195), Jack Luciano (220) and Jesse Webb (285) -- all scored convincing victories in the season's first dual meet. Mattison pinned his opponent in 2:59, using an aggressive move to turn him on his back, while Webb used a solid single-leg takedown for a quick 34-second pin.
"Jake looked good today, he picked up his aggressiveness, and he's wrestling well," Legacy said. "Tyler is at a different level of confidence, he's bigger, faster, stronger. Jack has better positioning, he didn't get caught, and looked good at the end of the match."
Other winners for the Knights were Otto Keisker, an 11-3 major decision over Vince Pagan at 152 and Joe Grenier, a 8-2 winner at 170 over Damon Young.
"[Otto is a] very tough kid, stubborn and improved from a week ago," said Noble coach Kip DeVoll. "If he didn't, he wouldnt have beat that kid."
"We're a young team and we've been successful in Maine," DeVoll said. "We want to see what's going on in New England. The kids were excited, I think they learned some stuff, that they need to take their level up to compete with the Timberlanes and Mount Anthonys."