Mount Anthony perfect at Duals

BENNINGTON — The Mount Anthony wrestling team has the state championships looming at the end of February, so Saturday's Mount Anthony Duals was a good tuneup against a plethora of strong teams throughout New England.

MAU won all four of its duals on the afternoon — beating South Windsor (Conn.), 68-12, Cumberland (R.I.), 57-17, Coventry (R.I.), 49-18, and Nashua North (N.H.) 77-0.

Seven Patriots finished undefeated on the day, including Keenan Taylor, Keegan Coon, Adam Osha, Chris Mayer, Sam Wilkins, Colin Crowley and Calvin Hayford. Crowley won his 100th career match in a pin against Nashua North.

"It was important for him to do it at home, so I asked [the] Nashua [coach] to wrestle an extra round to get it here," said MAU coach Brian Coon. "Colin is hitting his stride right now, really coming on and he'll give the Milton kid [Nick Johnson] a run for his money [at states]."

Crowley hit the milestone in his final match at home.

"I'm really glad to do it at home, it's my last home match and it's a nice way to go out," Crowley said. "There's been a lot of hard work in the [wrestling] room. Coach Coon had 99 wins, and I told him that I tied him, but he has the one I don't, a New England title."

Five other wrestlers were 3-1 on the afternoon, including Julian Granger, Noah Call, Gage McLaughlin, Tyler Burgess and Steven Brillon.

Two of those losses came back-to-back when Mount Anthony faced Coventry. Call started the match at 132 pounds against Seth Brown, a returning New England place-winner. Call trailed 3-0 after two periods and finally earned a point on an escape with nine seconds left, but it was too little, too late, as Brown picked up the decision.

In the next match, McLaughlin faced another returning New England place-winner in Seth Caltagairone at 138 pounds. The match didn't disappoint for excitement as both wrestlers gave everything over six minutes.

McLaughlin took a 2-1 lead after the first period, but allowed an escape and takedown in the second to trail by two heading to the third. McLaughlin tied the match in the final 30 seconds, earning a point on both a technical violation and a locked hands call. On the restart, Caltagairone allowed McLaughlin the go-ahead point, but the Coventry wrestler — ranked No. 4 in New England this season — scored a takedown to win the match 6-5.

"When those two guys get beat in the first two matches, we're in for a battle," Coon said.

Keegan Coon got half the deficit back with a 6-4 win at 145 pounds, but the match turned for the Patriots as Burgess won by pin in 4:29 and Osha turned his opponent for a pin with 0.3 seconds left. That took the score from 6-3 Coventry to 15-6 MAU and set up five straight individual wins for the Patriots.

"We were scraping by with [decisions]," Coon said. "When you're barely winning matches, you're letting the other team stay in it. We knew every match would be contested, I knew it would be close."

Brillon won 5-1 at 170 before a trio of pins — Mayer stuck his opponent in 1:46, Wilkins pinned in 30 seconds and Crowley won his 99th match with a pin in 26 seconds. Hayford won by forfeit to finish the run at 42-6.

"Steven had a nice win, the kid he wrestled is pretty good and Steven really took it to him," Coon said.

Brodie Krawczyk (2-2) lost at 113 before Granger won 7-0 at 120 and Taylor rolled to a 14-3 major decision at 126.

Coon was happy to see his team be successful as they only have the MVL Jamboree left on the schedule before states in three weeks.

"When you get to New Englands, most of the matches are going six minutes, so if you don't have [good conditioning] at the end, you might not get through those rounds," Coon said.


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