WILLIAMSTOWN -- Having lost plenty of experienced wrestlers to graduation last year, Mount Greylock coach Ray Miro knew some of his leaders of the younger Mounties would have to be young themselves.
"We've got our big four in Travis Hilchey, Mitch Graves, David O'Brien and Ross [Jackson]," Miro said Wednesday. "They have to lead those other guys, and David's only a freshman ... and Travis is only a sophomore."
Age was not a factor Wednesday night at home for Greylock. O'Brien won by pin at 152 pounds, and Hilchey also earned a pinfall win at 126 as the county-leading Mounties held off Monument Mountain 46-26.
Greylock (15-3, 3-0 county) won all contested matches between 106 and 132 pounds, with Hilchey, O'Brien, Devon Pelletier (120), Johnny Colon (170) and Jackson (195) also earning pinfall victories.
Jackson wrestled up a class, as Miro stretched his lineup to compete with the Spartans (6-5, 2-1). Monument was missing 145-pounder Alex Dupont, who was held out for undisclosed reasons.
"The score looks large, [but] there's matches that could have gone the other way ... plus they had [Dupont] out," Miro said. "I had to look at how we matched up best with them. It worked out."
Jackson had Greylock's fastest fall, pinning Jacob Heinz in 1 minute, 34 seconds. Nothing in the dual surprised him; he knew that, after a dual loss to Franklin Tech over the weekend, the Mounties needed the win.
"I think everybody was still scared over that
The Spartans got pinfall wins in the higher weight classes from Mark Leon-Duque (160), Terrence Powell (182) and Robert Yvon (220). Yvon's pin of Greylock's Hunter Abriel in 1 minute was the night's fastest fall.
It was 138-pound Sebastian Zapata, though, who won the match of the night for Monument. In the third overtime period, Zapata got a reversal to finally outpoint CJ Lillie 6-4.
Zapata claimed it was the longest and hardest match he's ever had.
"I was trying just to get out," he said. "I was pretty tired, but I didn't want to lose. I wanted to go and go and go. I saw him in a weak position and I took advantage of it."
Individual wins like Zapata's -- as well as decision losses, rather than pinfall defeats, in the lighter weight classes -- had Monument coach Gordie Soule feeling good despite the dual loss. That much was evident in the praise and applause coming from Soule and his assistant coaches immediately after matches their wrestlers had just lost.
Soule's team is young, too. Only one senior, 120-pound Nate Bradbury, was in the Spartan lineup.
"Matches I thought were great for us were [like] 106," Soule said. "That was a loss for us, but [Eli Jones] didn't get pinned. At 145, Mike [Molina] wrestles one of their best wrestlers and doesn't get pinned.
"It shows how far we've come. In the four years I've been coaching, we've never come into this gym with a statistical chance of winning. We felt like we had a chance [Wednesday]. I'm very, very happy with today."
Mount Greylock 46,
Monument Mountain 26
106: Jude Rorke (MG) dec. Eli Jones, 9-3
113: Allison Crews (MG) wins by forfeit
120: Devon Pelletier (MG) pins Nate Bradbury 5:05
126: Travis Hilchey (MG) pins Robert Kahlstrom 1:43
132: Cayman Mead (MG) dec. Jordan Stuber 9-2
138: Sebastian Zapata (MM) dec. CJ Lillie 6-4, 3 OT
145: Mitch Graves (MG) maj. dec. Mike Molina 14-4
152: David O'Brien (MG) pins Craig Cooley 3:56
160: Mark Leon-Duque (MM) pins Maurice Nemtzow 2:36
170: Johnny Colon (MG) pins Stetson Moore 4:30
182: Terrence Powell (MM) pins Junior Lopes 3:40
195: Ross Jackson (MG) pins Jacob Heinz 1:34
220: Robert Yvon (MM) pins Hunter Abriel 1:00
285: Jonah Christiansen (MM) wins by forfeit
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