Mount Anthony hosting annual tournament Saturday

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BENNINGTON — Wrestlers from 16 teams, representing four different states, will descend on Bennington Saturday as Mount Anthony hosts its annual tournament at Kates Gym.

2020 marks the 32nd year of the tournament, which began in 1988.

The tournament is more Vermont-centric than usual, with teams including Averill Park, N.Y., Pinkerton Academy in New Hampshire and Lyman, Conn., all not participating this year.

"Some of the schools that usually come to this tournament aren't because we started so late this year," said MAU coach Brian Coon. "Most years, the tournament is on the first Saturday of the year, but this time, it's the week after, so some of the other teams couldn't come."

Vermont teams involved include Burr and Burton, Colchester, Fair Haven, Mount Anthony A and B, Mount Abraham, Otter Valley, Rutland, Springfield, St. Johnsbury and Vergennes.

The Gilbert School and Torrington are coming in from Connecticut, Southwick from Massachusetts and a pair of New York schools in LaSalle and Salem-Cambridge.

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"We have 120 kids competing [today]," Coon said. "It's about the same size at the state tournament, which is pretty impressive."

The LaSalle Cadets have former Hoosick Falls wrestler and sectional champion Zach Taber as its head coach.

For Mount Anthony, three Patriots will be in the 126-pound class, including Sam Blackman, Connor Bell and Christian Burdick.

If there's enough wrestlers for the weight class, there will be a 99-pound class competing, but if not, they will move up to 106 pounds.

Devon Hurley will not compete at 113 pounds, as he is dealing with a minor injury.

The event will begin at 9:45 a.m., with the finals scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.


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