Mount Anthony in hunt after Day 1 at Lowell

LOWELL, Mass. — After Day 1 of the Lowell Holidays wrestling tournament, the Mount Anthony team leads the way in a close race for the top of the team scores.

Nine Mount Anthony wrestles remained in the championship bracket including: Keenan Taylor, Noah Call, Gage McLaughlin, Keegan Coon, Tyler Burgess, Adam Osha, Chris Mayer, Sam Wilkins, Colin Crowley and Calvin Hayford.

Burgess was seeded No. 1 coming back from injury, and he made fairly short work of his first two matches, pinning both opponents in a combined time of 4:54 at 152 pounds.

Crowley, seeded No. 5 at 220 was as efficient as his teammate, scoring a pair of pins in a combined 2:44. At 160, Adam Osha, seeded eighth in his weight class, won his first match of the day by 19-2 tech fall and then the second by fall in 2:58 to advance in the tournament.

At heavyweight, No. 2 seed Calvin Hayford finished off his opening opponent in 27 seconds before grinding out a 3-0 win in the Round of 32. Sam Wilkins, seeded No. 4 at 195, did the same, pinning his first opponent in 56 seconds before working through a 5-1 decision to advance to the Round of 16.

No. 2 Keenan Taylor added a fall and a decision at 126 to move on to the Round of 16, while No. 3 Noah Call, at 132, won his only match by fall in 4 minutes, 59 seconds.

Gage McLaughlin, seeded No. 7 at 138 pounds, won both his matches, one by fall in 32 seconds and the other by a 10-2 major decision, scoring the final takedown with three seconds left to earn the bonus points.

The victory was the 100th of McLaughlin's career.

Chris Mayer, at 182, is 2-0 with a decision and a pin to his credit.

Julian Granger reached the Round of 16 before losing by pin and getting knocked into the wrestlebacks at 106 pounds. Also trying to come back is Keegan Coon at 145. After losing in sudden victory, Coon pinned his first opponent in the consolation bracket.

Brodie Krawczyk went 1-2 in the tournament at 113 pounds, while Steven Brillon was 0-2 at 170.

Wrestling continues tomorrow starting at 8:30 a.m.


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