Patriots plaster Terriers
BENNINGTON — Before Tuesday night's match with West Springfield, the Mount Anthony wrestling team practiced.
That doesn't happen the day of a meet, but Coach Scott Legacy and the rest of the Patriots staff decided that a drill practice, working on some of the fundamentals, was necessary.
Getting some extra work in paid dividends against the Terriers, as MAU won 12 of the 14 bouts, eight by fall in a 64-6 rout at Kates Gym.
"We had a drill practice, believe it or not," Legacy said. "We worked on the fundamentals and basics we used tonight and I saw a lot of position was better and the movement on bottom was better. I told some of the kids we should practice before every [match]. I see a team getting better right now."
Starting at 113 pounds, Ashdin Schaefer was dominant in a pin over Anders Hawes in 48 seconds. The next two weight classes, Keenan Taylor at 120 and Calvin Call at 126 also scored falls to make it 18-0 after the first three matches.
Taylor led 5-0 after the first period and got another takedown early in the second before his pin at 2:59, while Call won his in 1:39.
Zaid Mohsin topped Gage McLaughlin at 132 pounds, 9-4, to get West Side on the board, but Mount Anthony continued its run after that.
Tyler Raetz won his match in a first-period pin at 138 pounds, sticking Noah Paske in 1:53.
Freshman Chris Mayer fought into the third period, finally scoring the fall of Billy McQuade in 5:22. After the first period was scoreless, Mayer started down in the second and earned an escape point and a penalty point as McQuade was called for locked hands. After a restart, Mayer earned a takedown but gave up a reversal soon after to take a 4-2 lead to the third period.
In the third, starting on top, Mayer worked to turn McQuade, first earning some back points, then sticking his opponent to make it 30-3.
"I went and did what I knew how to do and tried to do it," Mayer said. "We work on tight waist and ankle and pinning the guy, getting him to his side."
Legacy said he was pleased with the work of his 145-pound freshman.
"Chris is a slow starter, we need to get him over that hump," Legacy said. "But he's so well conditioned, he picks it up at the end. He's very talented and when he puts it together, he'll be a force to be reckoned with."
Austin Condo was aggressive from the opening whistle at 152, scoring a fall at 1:17 after getting three takedowns within the first minute of the match. At 160, Tyler Burgess jumped the MAU lead to 42-3 after a pin in 1:33.
"Some guys got right after it," Legacy said.
Austin Prendergast, at 170, tech falled his opponent, 17-2, early in the third period, while AJ Wright ended up with a 13-3 major decision at 182 after taking an 8-1 lead into the third period.
Dakota King took an 11-1 lead in his match before scoring a fall at 2:27 at 195.
"Dakota had a half- [nelson] and a body scissor, putting pressure on the ribs and stuff like that," Legacy said. "Dakota works the legs a lot and it's a strength when he does it. A lot of bigger guys don't do it, so guys don't see it a lot."
At 220, Sebastian Rocher dropped a 5-4 decision to Brandt O'Hara, where O'Hara scored an escape late in the third to prevail. But at heavyweight, Calvin Hayford won his match 6-5 over Jeff Vample. After a scoreless first, Hayford scored a takedown and Vample a pair of escapes to head into the third tied at 2-2. Hayford's reversal made it 4-2, but Vample escaped and earned a penalty point to tie it at 4-4. A late takedown won it for Hayford, who had to avoid a late escape to win.
"Calvin executed when he wanted to," Legacy said.
Tyson Sauer finished the dual at 106 with a 14-2 major decision.
"I see a turn in the team, we're starting to get better," Legacy said.
The Patriots travel to Keene, N.H. for a dual against North Andover, Nashoba and Brookline, all Massachusetts teams, this Saturday before their annual matchup with Danbury on Monday.
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