NORTH CLARENDON >> The Mount Anthony wrestling is set to make coach Scott Legacy a winner again in his final season leading the Patriots.
MAU has 13 in the semifinals and leads the team score with 120 points heading into today's semifinal.
The rest of the top five after the quarterfinal and second consolation rounds are CVU in second with 63 points, Essex with 59, Mount Mansfield with 55.5 and St. Johnsbury with 53.
"We've handled the pressure really well so far, we're where we need to be and where we think we might have been," Legacy said.
There were a pair of major career milestones on Day 1. At 138 pounds, Tyler Raetz won his 200th career match over Middlebury's Joe Whitley. Early on, Raetz got back points and a takedown to take a 6-0 lead after one. In the second, Raetz tried to tilt his opponent from the top and got more back points before sticking Whitley at 3:47.
At 195, Dakota King won his 100th career match to reach the semifinals against Jared Feikl of Otter Valley. King got a takedown and back points early to take a 4-1 lead into the second period. Starting down, he got a reversal to go up 6-1 and then another takedown seconds later before putting Feikl on his back at 2:59.
"Sometimes when they know they are close to a milestone, they think about that more than the match," Legacy said. "I told both of them to calm down and wrestle their match. For Tyler, that's 50 wins a year for four years on varsity and for Dakota, he got more than half of his wins this year. To accomplish it as a backup speaks volumes of our tradition."
Semifinalists for the Patriots include Tyson Sauer, Ashdin Schaefer, Keenan Taylor, Calvin Call, Raetz, Chris Mayer, Zach Sauer, Tyler Burgess, Austin Pendergast, AJ Wright, King, Sebastian Rocher and Calvin Hayford.
Everyone was undefeated on Day 1, except for Gage McLaughlin at 132 pounds, who lost 6-2 in the quarterfinal to Kyle Goodell from St. Johnsbury. In that match, McLaughlin trailed 4-2, tried to tie the match with a takedown, but couldn't get it.
McLaughlin remains alive in the wrestlebacks.
Mayer, at 145 pounds, is 2-0 and into the semifinal. Mayer, the fourth seed, began the day with a pin over BBA's Bella Bortlein in 59 seconds, then topped Bellows Falls' Charles Dolloph in 3:07 to move on. Mayer will battle the No. 1 seed, St. Johnsbury's Johnny Perreault in today's semifinal.
"[Dolloph] was dangerous and we talked about less is more in the first period, pick up the pace as you go," Legacy said. "By the three minute mark, it was a different match."
Sauer, who wrestled most of the year on the MAU B before moving up a couple of weeks ago, won his opening match over St. Johnsbury's Asher Chapman, 9-1. Sauer took the advantage early, getting ahead 5-0 after the opening period and rolling to a 9-1 victory.
"Zach looked nervous in the beginning, but he didn't expect to be here," said Legacy, who said Sauer won a wrestle-off a couple weeks ago to gain the varsity spot. "He can enjoy the ride, he's getting better all the time.
Consolation rounds begin at 9:30 a.m. at Mill River, while the semifinals begin at 10:45 a.m.