PROVIDENCE, R.I. >> If the Mount Anthony wrestling team is going to win its fourth straight New England tournament, the Patriots are going to have to do it in the consolation rounds.
"We're going to talk about it tonight, we've had a year [before] where we only had one finalist and eight guys placed third or fourth," said MAU coach Scott Legacy. "It's about feeding off each other and getting hot at the right time. We're going to have to do it going through the back door."
The Patriots are in second place after Day 1, behind only Bishop Hendricken and just ahead of Danbury. Three Mount Anthony competitors have reached the quarterfinals, including Ashdin Schaefer at 113 pounds and Tyler Raetz at 138, while six others are alive in the consolation rounds.
Schaefer rolled in his Round of 16 match, topping New Hampshire's Jac St. Jean, 16-2.
At 138, Raetz took a 2-0 lead before giving up a reversal in the second period to tie the match. In the third, Raetz scored a late takedown for the 5-2 win over New Hampshire's Nathaniel Lindsay to move on to today's quarterfinals.
Dakota King became the third Patriot to advance to today's quarterfinals with an 8-2 win over Harding's (CT) Xavier Bass. Bass tried to throw King early, but the senior caught Bass and took him to his back for a 5-1 lead after the first period. King rode out Bass in the second period and finished him off with another takedown in the third period.
"Dakota did what we asked him to do, he came to wrestle, but he's up against it tomorrow," Legacy said. "He won the first match to make it [to Day 2]."
King said he worked to defend against Bass' shots and throws.
"He was leaving his arms high and I didn't want to get caught," King said.
Zach Sauer, Tyler Burgess, Sebastian Rocher and Calvin Hayford all fell in opening round matches, Rocher losing a 6-4 decision at 220 pounds to Xaverian's (MA) Dan Gioioso and Hayford getting pinned in the second period against Trumbell's (CT) Desmond Washington.
Sauer fell in his consolation match, while Burgess scored a win over Jack Carney from Essex. The match was 0-0 through two periods and Burgess chosen to go down in the third. He escaped with 1:07 left in the third to take a lead, then he was warned for stalling before holding off the Vermont champ, 1-0 to remain alive in the tournament.
Rocher was also eliminated after a pinfall loss in the consolation round at 220 pounds.
Hayford was knocked out of the tournament after an 8-4 loss in the consolation.
In the Round of 16, freshman Tyson Sauer went to overtime scoreless with Timberlane's (NH) Taylor Donovan before Donovan scored a takedown and three back points in sudden victory to win 5-0 at 106 pounds.
In the consolation, he fell 5-2 and was knocked out of his first-ever New England tournament.
Freshman Keenan Taylor had a similar defeat in the Round of 16 match at 120. Tied at 4-4 after the first period, Taylor scored a reversal midway through the second to take a 6-4 lead. But in the third, his opponent, Quabbin's (MA) Conor Thompson, got an escape to make it 6-5, then a takedown with 48 seconds left to take the lead and three back points to finish off the 10-6 win.
In the consolation round, Taylor met Mount Abraham's Roman Mayer and scored a pinfall to move on in the wrestlebacks.
Senior Calvin Call, one of only three Patriots to compete in a New England tournament before this year, lost a crazy 13-11 decision to New Milford's (CT) Christopher Schultz. Call had the early advantage, leading 6-5 after two periods. In the third, Call extended his advantage to 9-5 before Schultz scored a reversal and three back points to retake the lead, 10-9. A Call takedown made it 11-10 for the MAU senior, but an escape tied the match at 11-11 and a takedown with 22 seconds left gave Schultz a 13-11 win.
He remains alive as well after a 7-3 decision in the consolations.
Austin Prendergast fell into the wrestlebacks after a 5-1 loss at 170 pounds against Winslow's (ME) Ryan Fredette. Prendergast trailed 2-1 after two periods and Fredette escaped to start the third. A takedown with 12 seconds left was the final margin.
Pendergast remains alive in the tournament after a 7-6 consolation win.
AJ Wright lost 4-0 to East Providence's Sam Lundsten. Wright gave up a takedown early and couldn't find an opening against Rhode Island's No. 2. Wright had a bye in the first consolation round to advance to today's action.
"We still have [a bunch] of guys still going and that's a big advantage for us, we still have life," King said.
The tournament continues today, with the finals scheduled for 6:30 p.m.