Patriots 4-1 at Mount Anthony Duals
BENNINGTON — After a loss in its opening dual of the Mount Anthony tournament to Cumberland, the No. 1 team in Rhode Island, the Patriots came back and won four straight duals to go 4-1 on Saturday.
Mount Anthony lost to Cumberland, 33-30, before beating the Fair Haven-Rutland-Springfield co-op, 71-12. After that, they topped Bishop Hendricken's B squad 74-4.
The last two matches involved MAU against Bishop Hendricken's A squad, a match that was postponed from Friday night due to inclement weather, and a dual against Essex.
The Patriots came out on top in both — 45-36 against Hendricken and 38-27 against the Hornets.
Starting at 126 pounds against Hendricken, Connor Bell was pinned, but the next four matches went Mount Anthony's way, started by an 11-5 decision at 132 from Kyle Hurley and pins from Keegan Coon at 138 pounds, Aaron Johnson at 145 pounds and Stephen Brillon at 152 to take a 21-6 lead.
Johnson's pin was particularly impressive as he was in a tied match at 7-7 in the third period before sticking his opponent.
Bobby Simmons was pinned at 160 as Hendricken cut the lead to 21-12, but three more wins, all pins — from Adam Frost (170), Sebastian Peltier (182) and Sam Wilkins (195) gave MAU a 39-12 lead with five matches left.
Hendricken was not willing to give up without a fight and the next three matches at 220, 285 and 106 were all Hawks win by pin, the last one cutting the lead to 39-30.
MAU clinched the dual at 113 pounds, when Devon Hurley scored a first-period pin to win it.
One somewhat stunning result that came out of the Essex-MAU dual was at 182 pounds. Sam Wilkins, a three-time state champ and two-time New England placefinisher, lost 5-2 to James Danis, himself a state champion and Lowell Holidays winner.
Mount Anthony goes to the SVL Jamboree next Saturday and the state tournament will be held at Mount Anthony on Feb. 28 and 29.
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