Wrestling: Best in county at Western Mass. team meet
By Matthew Sprague, Berkshire Eagle Staff
Saturday February 5, 2011
Defending champ Mount Greylock is the top seed in the draw, while host Taconic
is ranked sixth.
Just because his Mount Greylock wrestling team is the top seed in the Western Massachusetts Division III draw doesn’t mean Ray Miro automatically expects a third straight sectional championship.
He’s seen the draw and won’t rule out anyone in the top half of the 18-team field.
"In all honesty ... 1 through 8, any of them can win," he said. "There is no team that’s decidedly a whole lot better than anyone else, and that includes us."
The best teams will separate themselves from the rest in dual matches today at Taconic High School. Four mats will be used for the day-long event, starting at 9 a.m. The host Braves -- county co-champions with Greylock -- are the No. 6 seed and will start with a dual against Belchertown. The Mounties will wrestle either Frontier or Gateway in the first round.
Monument Mountain and Mount Everett are unseeded. The Spartans, who go in expecting to weigh in at every class but 103 pounds, meet No. 4 Franklin Tech. Everett gets No. 3 Hampshire.
The individual meet is still a week away, but Berkshire County may not have a tougher individual on the mat today than Greylock 130-pounder Josh Hadley. He’s 32-3 this season, with 22 wins by pinfall. The website MassWrestling.com ranks him seventh among 130-pounders in the state.
"He’s probably our hottest wrestler," Miro said. "He comes out very tough, mentally and physically. It’s one of those things; he always seems ready to wrestle."
Other 20-pin wrestlers for Greylock this season are 140-pound Zach Larabee (33-5) and 160-pound Ross Jackson (28-6).
But this is the team meet. It’s not just about what Hadley, Larabee or Jackson can do.
"For us to have a shot, we’re going to need ... pins, and the four weight classes down low are going to have to try and give us something," Miro said. "They’ve risen up. They did it a week or so ago against Taconic."