MAU wrestlers win N.E. title

MAU wrestlers win N.E. title

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MAU wrestlers win N.E. title

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Mount Anthony Union High School placed three wrestlers in the finals and crowned two champions to capture its seventh New England title in Providence, R.I., on Saturday.

The Patriots amassed 109 team points for a 39.5-point margin of victory over five-time defending regional champion Timberlane (N.H.).

“There was something special about this group from the beginning,” said MAU head coach Scott Legacy, whose Patriots finished third in New England last season with the same number of tournament entrants (13). “They have a lot of team unity, a special bond, and they’ve just gelled.”

MAU’s Jesse Webb won the 285 weight class, pinning Amed Hourani of Fairfield Warde (Conn.) in 4:54. Webb earned pins in three of his four matches — including one in 14 seconds — on the way to his first regional title.

Mount Anthony 132-pounder Miguel Calixto hung on to defeat Massachusetts state finalist Johnny Do, 8-6.

MAU’s Troy Gassaway finished second at 113, as Maine state champion Connor Sheehan of Fryeburg came back to win, 3-1, in their finals match.

Coach Legacy said Calixto and Gassaway earned difficult draws in the tournament, which does not seed wrestlers or award points for byes.

“Those two guys had tough roads, but I told them it might be better for them,” Legacy said. “It helped them keep their level of focus.”

Austin Price of MAU finished fourth at 182, after being pinned by Shawn Donahue of Braintree (Mass.) in the final second of the first period in the consolation finals.

Other Vermont placewinners were Harwood’s Kyle Streeter (fourth at 220), Champlain Valley’s Connor Brown (fifth at 160) and Nolan Viens of Bellows Falls/Hartford (fifth at 145).

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