GREAT BARRINGTON -- Ray Miro didn't expect his Mount Greylock wrestling team to be in contention for the Berkshire Holiday Classic team championship Saturday.
"I didn't even think we had a chance to win, because we were missing a couple of people," the Mounties coach said. "Usually, I take out a paper and keep scores. I didn't even think about it all day until [assistant coach] John Carvalho comes up to me and says, ‘We're 4 points ahead and it's coming down to heavyweight.'
"I said, ‘There's got to be something screwed up.' "
There wasn't. The Mounties took home the championship at Monument Mountain, holding off the host Spartans by 4 points (159 1/2-155 1/2). Three Greylock wrestlers -- Jude Rorke (106 pounds), Travis Hilchey (112) and David O'Brien (160) -- were individual champions, and Cayman Mead reached the championship match at 152.
Mead didn't make the weight he was supposed to reach, and was moved up a class by Miro at the beginning of the tournament.
"He's a good wrestler," the coach said. "I still think the lesson was learned, at least part of it."
Monument Mountain's Stephen Cormier (138) and Sebastian Zapata (145) won individual titles, with Eli Jones (106), Jonah Christianson (182) and Jacob Hines (285) reaching championship matches. Other county individual champions were Mount Everett's Anthony Lupiani (98), Bradley Lupiani (126) and Mathew Lane (285) and Taconic's David Jones (220).
Sabis took third as a team with 139 points, which for Miro, confirms his belief that Western Massachusetts is up for grabs when it comes to a team championship.
"I think you throw us, Sabis, Monument in a hole and mix it around," he said. "We ended up on top, but it could have been any of the three of us. Sabis, they have a pretty good team. I thought they were the best of the three of us. Maybe I just didn't see it."
Taconic tied for fourth with Rensselaer (N.Y.) with 112 points. Mount Everett was eighth with 83 points.
For the Eagles, Patrick Fosby, Peter Regan and Nick Turnbough finished fourth at 113, 138 and 182, respectively.
"The guys wrestled well. [Matt] Lane is in his first year [of wrestling]. He wrestled really, really well for a young guy in a tough weight class," coach Dan Lanoue said. "Bradley [Lupiani] had a tough finals match and won 6-2. Overall, everybody wrestled well."
Other top Taconic finishers included Isiah Williams at 120, who was third; Nick Bailey fourth at 126; Nathan Papilo, fourth at 132; Dylan Sickell, second at 145; and Josh Broskey, second at 195.
"I was really happy with everyone who wrestled today," said Taconic coach Matt Chamberlain. "Even the guys that didn't place did well today."