GREAT BARRINGTON — Going into the 152-pound match between Monument Mountain and Mount Greylock on Wednesday evening, Monument senior Eli Jones sat on his team's sidelines and hoped that teammate Nate Cormier would not get pinned by Greylock's Cayman Mead.
Wasn't Jones pleasantly surprised, then, when Cormier rolled out of a bad position to get on top of Mead for the pin just 23 seconds into the second period.
Cormier's win over Mead sent the momentum squarely into Monument's corner, and the windfall from the decision allowed the Spartans to go on and post a 44-25 win over their Berkshire County rival.
"It was huge," Jones said of the result. "I mean, you know, starting that match out I was hoping Nate wouldn't get pinned, so to see him get the pin, that got everyone pumped up."
It was one of several key decisions that swung in Monument's favor during the match. After Greylock had picked up a 39-36 win over the Spartans earlier in the season, Monument came out on the fortunate end Wednesday to deny longtime Greylock coach Ray Miro a final win in Great Barrington. Miro is set to retire at the end of the season.
"I pretty much knew this was going to be the result," Miro said of the final score. "Too many injuries this year. It's the nature of the beast, and we had a couple of kids that didn't step up and wrestle how they could have. There was a couple matches there we needed to win and didn't.
"Cormier is tough, Cayman is tough, but Cayman allowed the hands to lock up. He's a senior, if he can't protect against that he has to own it. We'll get back to it tomorrow and work on it. It's not the end of the world."
Monument won nine of the 13 contested matches in the dual. Greylock picked up one forfeit win at 285.
Monument started off on the right foot in the match, with Max Buffoni topping Darren Pelletier at 106 and Jones getting a win over Jack Rosier at 113. Both came by fall.
Greylock responded with a win at 120, with Adam Cohen topping Ian Haddsel by fall. Cohen had been slid up from 113 to 120 by Miro, who was looking to gain an edge early to keep the score close.
That move also saw Robert Sutter move up to 126 to face Dorian Page, but instead of Sutter being able to score a critical win, Page took a 7-2 decision that put Monument up 15-6 in the match.
"Going into the match, that's why we bumped our 113 and 120 up," Miro said. "We had to win 120 and 126, and we didn't win 126. It just snowballed that way. We just — they wrestled better than we did. I can shake it this way and shake it that way, but they were better than us."
Greylock did take the match at 132, with Dillon Whitley topping Alex Leonard in overtime, but then Monument strung together three critical wins for the match — Katahdin Jenen at 138, Hayden Gerow at 145 and Cormier at 152.
"[At] 138, with Katahdin Jenen, that was his first time making 138 and second week in the varsity lineup," Monument coach Simon Jones said. "We knew he was matched up against another first-year guy and had a chance to win that match. He did a good job, I thought that was a big match."
Greylock snapped the Monument streak at 160 with another win from Devin Pelletier, but then Sean Schaeffer and Steve Wool won the next two matches to effectively seal the match. Greylock's Alex Griffis (195) and Monument's John Field (220) won the final two matches of the night.
For coach Jones, it was his first and only win over Miro after he took over the Monument program this winter. He noted that it was a good feeling to beat a man he has looked up to.
"Obviously, we are coming in to win every match, but this one was big for us," Jones said. "We wanted to get this one. It was special. It was my first and obviously only win against Ray Miro, being my first year. It was exciting."
The win makes Monument 3-2 in the league going into its final dual against Taconic — already the league champions — next week, while Greylock is 2-3 heading into next week's dual against Mount Everett.
Miro said after the match that he was content finishing second in the county under the assumption that Monument would fall to Taconic next week. Before he could finish his thought, though, Miro corrected himself.
"They could give Taconic a good go. I thought they could earlier. We'll have to see. Forget what I said about them, because who knows [what will happen]."
106 — Max Buffoni (MM) def. Darren Pelletier, fall at 1:45.
113 — Eli Jones (MM) def. Jack Rosier, fall at :39.
120 — Adam Cohen (MG) def. Ian Haddsel, fall at :51.
126 — Dorian Page (MM) def. Robert Sutter, dec. 7-2.
132 — Dillon Whitley (MG) def. Alex Leonard, dec. 4-2 in overtime
138 — Katahndin Jenen (MM) def. Kegan Case, dec. 9-8.
145 — Hayden Gerow (MM) def. Adam Petricca, fall at 5:35.
152 — Nate Cormier (MM) def. Cayman Mead, fall at 2:23.
160 — Devin Pelletier (MG) def. Jose Sagastume, fall at :50.
170 — Sean Schaeffer (MM) def. Conner Kogut, fall at 3:42.
182 — Steven Wool (MM) def. Brock Strong, maj. dec 14-1.
195 — Alex Griffis (MG) def. Bart Christiano, dec. 13-4.
220 — John Field (MM) def. Maurice Nemtzow, dec. 6-1.
285 — Hunter Gabriel (MG) win by forfeit.