WILLIAMSTOWN — Dalton Peck couldn't have found himself in a tighter spot.
Peck, the Wahconah football player who wrestles with Taconic, is in his first year as a wrestler and was giving up 75 pounds in a winner-take-all heavyweight bout against Mount Greylock.
Peck earned two points on an escape in the third overtime to beat Nick Belouin 4-3 and give the Braves a 39-36 win over the Mounties in the first league dual meet of the season.
"I've never been in overtime. This is my first year wrestling," said Peck, shortly after the post-match handshakes.
The Braves scored 21 points in some of the lighter weights before the Mounties came roaring back. And when Hunter Abriel pinned Teyler Hiestand in 3 minutes, 54, seconds, the Mounties had come all the way back to tie the score at 36-36.
And when Peck earned his 3-point decision over Belouin, Taconic coach Jeremy Tetreault could breathe a sigh of relief.
"I didn't have my 160-pounder, so there was a hole there. The only way we could fill that is if we bumped other guys up," said the Taconic coach. "I had to kind of weigh the decisions through what the lightweights did. We did pretty good through the lightweights, so I decided to stay pat."
For the Mounties, it was a mixed bag night. Head coach Ray Miro said he was pleased with how his team came back. It started with Talen Bolte winning by forfeit at 160 and Devin Pelletier pinning Taconic's Tanner Hastings in 2:43. But the Greylock coach said there is still much to improve upon.
"It was a great match for Berkshire County. We just didn't perform the way I thought we could have," Miro said. "We had to step up.
"Our guys need to take practices a little more seriously. That's all."
A key match for Greylock came at 182 pounds where the Mounties' Dakota Lane dropped an 8-6 decision to Austin Houghtaling. A pin for the Taconic wrestler there would have required the Mounties to win the three final matches by pin.
Belouin led 2-0 after the first period in the heavyweight bout. Peck earned those two points back in the second, and that's how they went into overtime. Two overtime periods put no scoring on the board.
Peck got two points for an escape and for locking hands, while Belouin got one point back. The Taconic wrestler held off the hard-charging Mountie to claim the decision and get the win for the Braves.
"I could just hear my coaches yelling: 'Keep it going. Keep running,' " Peck said. "In practice, we practice that runaround.
"I didn't know what he had up his sleeve, never underestimate him."
106 pounds — Zack Mathes (T) pins Darren Pelletier 1:15.
113 — Adam Cohen (MG) pins Ari Burke 0:58.
120 — Robert Sutter (MG) pins Sam Miller 1:14.
126 — Thomas Rindfuss (T) pins Cam Honiker 2:30.
132 — Zabian Powell (T) pins Dillon Whitley 4:33.
138 — Mason Papirio (T) pins Keigan Case 1:38.
145 — Nick Bailey (T) def. Cayman Mead 4-3.
152 — Isiah Williams (T) pins Owen Brandriss 1:53.
160 —Talen Bolte (MG) wins by forfeit.
170 — Devin Pelletier (MG) pins Tanner Hastings 2:43.
182 — Austin Houghtaling (T) def. Dakota Lane 8-6.
195 — Alex Griffis (MG) pins Tyler Klose 2:21.
220 — Hunter Abriel (MG) pins Teyler Hiestand 3:54.
285 — Austin Peck (T) def. Nick Belouin 4-3, 3 OT.