30! State championship streak reaches new milestone
Seven Mount Anthony wrestlers won individual state championships as the Patriots rolled to its 30th consecutive Vermont state championship at Otter Valley Union High School on Saturday night.
The Patriots clinched the 30th straight crown during the semifinal on the strength of nine finalists. They racked up 274.5 points, outdistancing a strong Essex team who finished second with 168 points.
St. Johnsbury finished third as a team with 120.5 points, while Mount Abraham was a very stout fourth with 105.5 points. Spaulding led a very tight second half of the top 10 with 69 points in fifth, followed by Champlain Valley, Milton, Mount Mansfield, Fair Haven and Rutland finishing out the top 10.
Individual champions for the Patriots were Keenan Taylor at 126 pounds, Noah Call at 132 pounds, Gage McLaughlin at 138 pounds, Keegan Coon at 145, Tyler Burgess at 152, Sam Wilkins at 195 and Calvin Hayford at 285 pounds.
Chris Mayer (182 pounds) and Colin Crowley (220 pounds) were runner-up for the Patriots and two others — Adam Osha at 160 and Julian Granger at 120 — each placed third overall to qualify for next week's New England tournament.
Stephen Brillon (170) and Brodie Krawczyk (113) were fourth and sixth, respectively.
Essex had four state champions, a terrific showing for the Hornets. Ben Stewart won the 106-pound title with a pin, while Noah Bonning finished first at 120 with a fall as well. Jack Carney scored two near-fall points in the final seconds of the 170-pound final for a 9-7 victory over Colby Giroux of Mount Mansfield and James Danis topped MAU's Chris Mayer 3-2 at 182 pounds.
Other non-Mount Anthony champions included St. Johnsbury's Hunter Verge at 113 pounds, who kept his undefeated season going with a pin of Lucas Saunders. Rutland's Dakota Peters upset No. 1 seed Seth Carney at 160 pounds for a 9-6 win in the opening finals match of the evening and Milton's Nick Johnson, a New England champion last year, kept his perfect season alive with a pin of Crowley in the championship match.
For more on the state championship, see Monday's Bennington Banner.
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