By Patrick Newell
Sun Sports Editor
NEW BERLIN – Even when he was winning his first Section IV title a year ago as a sophomore, Unadilla Valley wrestler Tyler Peet did not have that one moment to define his wrestling career.
He had such a moment in the Section IV 135-pound Division I finals last week against Johnson City’s Josh Halladay. In the matches leading up to his showdown with the Wildcat grappler, Peet wrestled beautifully and to his level as the number one seed in the weight class. There, he found an opponent in Halladay who was tough to take down, and was taking the match to the favored Peet. Halladay reversed Peet at the start of the second period, and the UV grappler couldn’t shake loose.
Again, to start the third period, Peet was not able to wriggle from the grasps of his worthy JC opponent. “The first two periods, I don’t know what I was thinking,” Peet said. “I had seen him wrestle before and I knew he was a tough rider. I just couldn’t get the escape.”