Patriots use quick start to take down Noble

BENNINGTON — So far early in the season, the Mount Anthony wrestling team has relied on its heavyweights as a guiding force.

So it was fitting, perhaps, that Friday night's home opener against Noble (Maine) started at 182 pounds.

Mount Anthony's big guys started out with four straight victories and surged to a 57-18 victory at Kates Gym.

"That was an ideal spot to start knowing that our bigger guys are so strong and we could get some separation," said MAU coach Brian Coon. "A lot of times, if you can jump on a team, it can discourage the [next guys] in the lineup."

Chris Mayer started the evening for the Patriots, quickly scoring a takedown and earning the first victory with a pin in 1 minute, 40 seconds.

Sam Wilkins was up next at 195 and he dominated, scoring eight points in the first 56 seconds before a fall to make it 12-0.

Colin Crowley got a victory by forfeit at 220 before Calvin Hayford came up at 285. Facing a freshman in P.J. Exel, Hayford exploded out of the blocks, taking Exel down immediately and sticking him on his back for a fall in 11 seconds.

"That's the way [the heavyweights] practice, they don't take their time, they are going after it," Coon said. "They bring it every day and they deserve those spots."

That win gave Mount Anthony a 24-0 lead before anyone had time to blink.

"When we drew [to start the match at 182], I told them beforehand that we had a chance to break their spirits before their [top] guys had a chance to step on the mat," Coon said.

After a double forfeit at 106, Brodie Krawczyk had his first home match for the Patriots at 113. Krawczyk gave up takedown and near-fall points early before scoring a reversal to end the first period down 5-2.

Noble's Cody Hussey took down to start the second, quickly escaping for another point before another takedown and more near-fall points gave him a 11-3 lead heading into the third.

Starting neutral, Hussey got the advantage and pinned Krawczyk in 4:10 to put Noble on the board, 24-6.

Noble pulled within 24-12 after a Mount Anthony forfeit at 120 pounds, but the balance was restored at 126 pounds with Keenan Taylor.

Taylor jumped out of the blocks with a takedown and near-fall, then turned his opponent for a fall in 1:16.

At 132 pounds, Adam Frost's match was the only one to go the distance, ending in Frost's favor, 15-9 over Sam Martel.

Frost took the advantage early and grabbed a 6-2 lead, then got two more points with a guillotine and a reversal early in the second, giving him a 11-2 lead heading to the third. Martel made a comeback in the third, scoring a pair of reversals and a three-point near fall, but the early cushion was enough.

"That's the Adam we were looking for last weekend," Coon said. "He came out, wrestled relaxed, and we knew he could do that for us."

The pins racked up through the Mount Anthony middleweights. Gage McLaughlin scored a fall at 1:31 in the 138-pound match, while Keegan Coon worked a turn for most of the match before a fall at 2:45.

At 152 pounds, Steven Brillon, who has been moved up to varsity as the starter deals with injuries, was extremely methodical and showed his ride-out ability. He took the lead in the first period with a takedown, then rode out his opponent for nearly the entire second period. In the third, starting in the down position, Brillon reversed to double the lead and then finally stuck it at 5:38.

"He's long and strong and another guy who has paid his dues," Coon said. "He was stuck behind good wrestlers last year and he stuck with it and now he's seeing the rewards."

At 160, Adam Osha, in his first match at home for the Patriots, struck early and often, taking an 11-4 lead before a pin in 3:18 to give MAU its final points of the night.

At 170, freshman Dakota Blair was pinned in the second period.

MAU has a tough schedule as 2017 comes to a close, they travel today to the Berlin (Conn.) tournament, then go to Springfield Central (Mass.) on Wednesday before a dual on Friday at Kates Gym against St. Johnsbury.


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