Mounties win County, focus sights on WMass.
By Neil Benjamin Jr.
North Adams Transcript
Another year, another Mount Greylock Berkshire County wrestling championship.
Heading into Wednesday's showdown with Mount Everett, the Mounties held a one-match lead in the league. With a convincing 52-16 win, Greylock (22-2-1) earned its 12th title in 13 years. The only year the Mounties didn't win it outright they split it with Everett.
The Mounties, though, don't seem all too excited with the win. This Saturday, the Western Massachusetts Division II team tournament takes place at Taconic High School and Greylock has its focus on a victory.
"We've always looked forward to this weekend," captain Eli Coniglio said. "All of the teams in Berkshire County will be there, and we know we can beat them, so we have that going for us."
Coach Ray Miro said his team wrestled very well on Wednesday. Dylan Hilchey, Zach Larabee, Dylan Walker, John Carvalho, Zach Bantle, Anthony Carvalho, Jake Whalen and Alex Mitchell all notched victories for the Mounties. Sean Derby-Kilfoyle and Eli Coniglio were winners by default.
"They showed what they've been working on all year," Miro said. "I'm proud of how these kids came together this season."
Larabee, who finished first in the Mountie Invitational this past weekend, pinned Matt Fosby in 2:53. The junior missed all of last season due to an injury and faced some stiff competition early in this season. Miro said he was "rusty," but has pulled it together to become one of the top
grapplers in Western Mass.
"He's such a hard-worker. I'm glad it has fallen into place for him, because he puts everything he has into his wrestling," Miro said.
Sean Derby-Kilfoyle, a senior captain who lost a heartbreaker in the closing seconds of the Mountie Invitational, also said the focus all season has been on Western Mass.
He seemed confident that the Mounties would come out on top.
"There is no reason we shouldn't win," he said. "We have a great group here and we've only gotten better over the year. I think we will win."
Miro summed up the Mounties' season so far, but had some criticism for his team
"This was one of those goals we had from the beginning; we really wanted to accomplish it," Miro said. "Now it's up to them. If we don't become better on our feet we're going to have trouble. They also need to get better from the mat. They need to move more, and I've been stressing that all season."