BENNINGTON — The Mount Anthony wrestling team tuned up for the Methuen (Mass.) tournament this weekend with two victories against Vermont competition.
In the first match, MAU beat Bellows Falls, 78-3, and then blanked Burr and Burton Academy, 78-0.
"What I saw that I like, they didn't take them for granted," said MAU coach Scott Legacy. "They got out and got after it. My biggest worry is to be in a match where you're heavily favored, you start taking kids for granted, you get sloppy and don't do what you have to do."
Against Bellows Falls, Mount Anthony won most of the matches via forfeit, but Tyson Sauer, Dakota King and Tyler Raetz picked up victories.
In the second match of the night against Burr and Burton, each weight class was contested. Legacy filled in the varsity roster with a handful of guys from the MAU B, including Zach Sauer at 145, Bryce Bush at 220 and Zac Oldham at 285.
Sauer pinned his opponent, Bella Bortlein, in 20 seconds, while Bush pinned his, Nate Williams, in 25 seconds.
"They are seniors, Bryce is in his first year wrestling and he works hard every day," Legacy said. "Zac is behind a good heavyweight, Zach is nip and tuck for the varsity spot at 145. It's takes a lot for a senior to stay on a team to be second string, but we also realize without them, we wouldn't be where we're at."
Oldham's match was one of two on the night to go the full six minutes, a 3-0 decision over Remy Albert. After a scoreless opening period, Oldham escaped for a point in the second and then earned two penalty points with Albert locking his hands.
"Zac had a big kid on top, he needed to take points when they were there and let the match develop," Legacy said. "He got a couple of locked hands called, he did things we practice to have that happen. The other two [Bush and Sauer] went out and did their business."
Austin Condo, at 152 pounds, also had a match go the full six minutes, a 9-3 decision over Nick Williams. Condo took a 2-0 lead to the third period, earned a penalty point and a reversal to win the match.
"Austin's been a big part of the varsity team this year, he's caught some tough breaks," Legacy said. "He's a good athlete and he controlled the tempo of the match."
Ten of the matches lasted less than a minute, including Tyson Sauer (33 seconds), Ashdin Schaefer (:10), Keenan Taylor (:36), Calvin Call (:47), Gage McLaughlin (:17), Tyler Burgess (:14), Austin Prendergast (:16), AJ Wright (:41), Bush and Sauer. Tyler Raetz won by fall at 2:30, while Dakota King won with a pin at 4:52.