Mike Gillmeister, February 16, 2013 6:08 p.m.
Special to The Republican
Some people say wrestling meets are won in the consolation rounds and that couldn’t have been anymore correct for the Dean Tech Eagles, who won the Division III Western Massachusetts Sectional Meet at Monument Mountain Regional High School in Great Barrington on Saturday with a score of 172.50, while Hampshire came in second with 149 points and Mount Greylock came in third with 144.
Dean Tech clinched the win in the 152-pound consolation finals when Justin Perez won third place after Mount Greylock’s David Obrien couldn’t finish the match because of injury.
“It’s crazy,” Perez said of the victory. “We won two matches in this weight class last year and this year I take third? It feels amazing.”
That question was asked before the sophomore was informed that his victory clinched the first ever WMass wrestling title for the city of Holyoke. He couldn’t articulate a reaction to that one. Dean Tech coach Joe Griffin had a little bit more to say about the victory.
“I’m honestly the proudest coach in the world right now,” he said. “Every kid helped out, every kid from our first-year varsity kids to our seniors. Proud doesn’t do [the feeling] justice, it really doesn’t.”