Patriots third at season-opening event; Taylor earns 100th win
MAU earned victories over Burnt Hills (54-25), Ravena (74-12), Greenville (69-18), Indian River (40-36) and Queensbury (57-21), but fell to Section 11's Massapequa (42-33) and Section 9's Minisink Valley (45-18) to end up the tournament in third.
The heavyweights ruled the weekend for the Patriots, with Sam Wilkins, Colin Crowley and Calvin Hayford all going 7-0.
Hayford, at 285 pounds, was named as the Most Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament for the heavyweights, had five pins, all of them coming in the first period. He also eked out a 2-1 win over Minisink Valley's Andrew Fenner.
Crowley was nearly as dominant at 220 pounds, with five pins as well. He beat Minisink Valley's Adam Fenner, 7-5, in their matchup on Saturday.
Wilkins, at 195 pounds, was undefeated with three pins and earned a pair of decision wins against Minisink Valley and Queensbury.
At 126 pounds, Keenan Taylor was 6-1, including his 100th career win — doing that in a 12-second pin. Taylor had five pins and a major decision on the weekend, all five of his falls coming in the first period.
Steven Brillon was 6-1 in his first tournament at 152 and 160 pounds, with four pins, three in the first period. He also scored a pair of decision wins on the day.
Three more Patriots were 5-2 including senior Gage McLaughlin, Keegan Coon and Adam Osha. McLaughlin, at 138 pounds, had three pins, all in the opening period. He also added a decision win during the Indian River dual.
Coon, at 145 pounds, had a pair of pins and a major decision, while Osha had all five wins by fall at 170 pounds. Three of the five pins were in the first period.
Chris Mayer was 4-3 at 182 pounds with two pins, as was Adam Frost at 132 pounds. Frost had three pins during the weekend.
The Patriots were a bit undermanned, with Tyler Burgess and Noah Call out of the lineup.
Filling in at 152 pounds was Logan Sprague, who went 3-3 with a pin.
In their first varsity tournaments, Julian Granger was 3-4 at 106 pounds, while Brodie Krawczyk was 1-6 at 113.
MAU hosts Noble, Maine, on Friday for the first home match of the year, then travel to Berlin (Conn.) over the weekend for a tournament.
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