Patriots sweep quad-meet

BENNINGTON — The Mount Anthony wrestling team got some of its first taste of what the rest of Vermont has to offer this season on Wednesday night.

In a quad-meet format, Mount Anthony won all three — 75-6 over Burr and Burton, 62-5 over Springfield, and 75-0 over Rutland.

While the team scores were not competitive, the individual matches were.

MAU's Adam Osha was the busiest Patriot on the evening, wrestling three times. He won all three as well — a pin in 4:59 over BBA's Cole O'Connor, a pin in 1:14 over Springfield's Peter Berlanbach and in the most exciting match of the night, a 7-3 decision over Rutland's Dakota Peters.

"They know the top guys, so they've been preparing all week," said Mount Anthony coach Brian Coon

Peters and Osha came in as the top two ranked at 160 pounds in the latest Vermont Wrestler rankings, and the match played out that way.

After a scoreless opening period, Peters chose to start in the down position in the second and gained the advantage with an escape and a takedown to take a 3-1 lead into the third.

Osha started down in the third and escaped to cut the lead to 3-2, then fought for and scored on a double-leg takedown with about 30 seconds left to get the lead. He then added back points as the time ticked away to score the 7-3 victory.

"One of the biggest things is believing in the training, he knows he's in better shape," Coon said.

Mount Anthony won all five contested matches against the Bulldogs. Brodie Krawczyk scored a pin in 1:59 over Ben James at 113 pounds, while at 138 Gage McLaughlin pinned Joe McNealus. Keegan Coon pinned Bailey Pinsonnault in 2:10 at 145.

At 160, Osha pinned O'Connor, who came into the night with a 29-6 record. At 170, Nick Williams and Steven Brillon had the closest match. After a scoreless opening period, Brillon earned the first point with an escape, but Williams got a takedown to take a 2-1 lead. Brillon reversed to give him a 3-2 lead into the third. After a penalty point gave Brillon a 4-2 lead, he was able to hold on for the decision win.

"He's wrestling lighter than 170 pounds, so he's going through some struggles," Coon said.

During the Springfield match, there were a number of matches between ranked wrestlers.

Chris Mayer topped Matt Lachapelle 9-2 at 182 pounds in a battle between No. 1 and No. 3 in the Vermont Wrestler rankings, while Sam Wilkins beat Mason Olney in 2:45 in a 1-vs-5 matchup.

"Chris knows that [Lachapelle] is one of the kids he's going to have to beat to become a state champion," Coon said. "That weight is tough."

Colin Crowley, at No. 2 at 220, took an early lead against No. 3 John Stafford Jr before sticking the Cosmos' senior in 2:55.

At heavyweight, No. 3 Calvin Hayford made short work of No. 4 Jayson Webster with a pin in 57 seconds.

Other wins for the Patriots came from Adam Osha, Steven Brillon, Noah Call, Keegan Coon and Tyler Burgess.

Mount Anthony has a busy weekend ahead with matches against Bishop Hendricken (R.I.) on Friday and the Mount Anthony dual tournament on Saturday.


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