Mounties fall to Wayland in semis
Mount Greylock's grapplers will have to regroup for Friday's state individual meet.
Berkshire Eagle Staff
Thursday February 18, 2010
MARLBOROUGH -- For the second year in a row, Wayland has ended Mount Greylock's run in the MIAA Division III state wrestling dual tournament.
The No. 2 seed dropped the Mounties 49-7 in a semifinal match Wednesday, before nipping Pembroke 28-27 for the state championship later in the night.
The Western Mass. champion Mounties' dual season comes to an end at 27-3-1.
"I think we dropped off a little at a very bad time," Greylock coach Ray Miro said. "It's tough this time of year, especially with some younger kids. It should be easier next year."
While the Mounties have showcased plenty of skills this season, the next one is one they haven't had to flash often -- their ability to rebound.
"They better come back quick," Mount Greylock coach Ray Miro said. "They have to wrestle on Friday. We have eight kids going to Western Mass. and two more that are alternates. We had a great weekend last weekend."
While the score was lopsided, Miro didn't believe the differential between the teams was that great. The Mounties lost six matches by five points or less. Dylan Walker was winning his match before eventually falling 5-3 in overtime at 140 pounds, while Zach Bantle lost by two points to one of Wayland's strongest wrestlers, and one of the best in the state at 171 pounds. Zach Larabee also lost his match by two points at 135 pounds.
"The thing is we lost a lot of close matches," Miro said. "We lost one in
overtime, lost a bunch by two or three. They just didn't fall our way. I think we're a year away. That's how I feel."
Greylock's only two wins came from seniors Eli Coniglio, who earned a major decision at 152 pounds, and John Carvalho, who took a decision at 160 pounds.
While those Mounties won't be back, nearly every other wrestler was. Miro, meanwhile, had his team watch the finals in an effort to get a taste for a state finals atmosphere.
"I want the kids to know what it's like," Miro said. "I want them to know what it's going to take."