Host MAU cruises at Duals
BENNINGTON -- The Mount Anthony Duals has a history of bringing into Bennington some of the best wrestling the rest of New England has to offer.
Teams from Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Rhode Island were represented, with each team competing in four dual meets.
And with the domination Mount Anthony showed on Saturday, repeating as New England champs might not be a farfetched conculsion.
In MAU's four duals, they beat Nashua North (NH) 63-10, Natick (Mass.) 66-3, South Windsor (Conn.) 71-9 and Cumberland (RI) 67-3 -- only losing seven matches the entire day.
"I thought we wrestled extremely well, better than Friday [against Bishop Hendricken (RI).]," said Mount Anthony coach Scott Legacy. "I think we got caught up in the senior night festivities. It's kind of shocked to admit that for how seasoned we are but it's a good learning experience."
A plethora of Patriots were perfect on the day, including Troy Gassaway at 120 pounds, Austin Price at 182 and Jesse Webb at 285.
Each won all four of their matches to remain unbeaten on the year. All of Webb's pins were in the first period. Price had four pins, three in the first 2 minutes and Gassaway had three pins and a major decision for his victories. Webb and Gassaway are both 47-0.
"My goal is to be undefeated, I don't want to lose, I want to win states and New Englands," said Price, who improved to 45-0 this season. "I want to go out intense. In the first period, i'm using their energy against them."
Another wrestler who impressed on Saturday was senior Bailey Willard. In his final MAU duals, Willard was aggressive from the opening whistle and pinned all four of his opponents less than a minute into the match.
"He didn't look robotical at all, everything was fluid," Legacy said. "His head is on right, and he's getting hot at the right time of the year. Of course in a tournament, you have to win them all [matches] anyhow."
At 145, Darren Ruiz-Sauer had his first perfect day at a tournament, going 4-0 with two pins, a tech fall and an 8-3 decision.
"Darren had a good day, his head is clear," Legacy said. "He put [Friday] night behind him. I was happy with how he wrestled."
At 113, Tyler Raetz was 4-0 against some of the stiffest competition at the Duals. In the first match against Nashua North, he beat Lowell Holiday champ Marcel LaPlant 4-2, then scored a 12-8 win over Natick's Kevin Thomas, a fourth-place finisher at Lowell in December.
"Tyler is putting it together, he beat a quality wrestler from Bishop Hendricken [on Friday]," Legacy said.
Other undefeated wrestlers included Calvin Call at 106 pounds (3 pins), Damon Young at 170 (2 pins) and Jack Luciano at 220 (3 pins).
Rachel Hale was 2-2 at 126, Dylan LaFountain 3-1 at 132, Noble Shaler 2-2 at 152, Jacob Woodside was 3-1 at 160 and Tyler Mattison was 3-1 at 195, losing only to Nashua North's Joe Chimelski, an opponent who was third at New Englands a season ago.
"I expect most of the guys to win 95 percent of the time," Price said. "We wrestled really well and it showed in the score."
The Patriots travel to Rutland for a tri-meet on Wednesday, then come back to Kates Gym for the MAU Jamboree next weekend.
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