Even before it had sunk in that one of their wrestlers had just been crowned as a state champions for the fourth time, the Peru faithful quickly turned their attention back to the mat.
There was Patrick "Pappy" Hogan, who had finished in sixth and fourth place at the state tournament the last two years, now looking to stand at the top of the podium.
Across from him was Ryan Osleeb, a wrestler whose last year was almost a mirror reflection of Hogan's.
Both were in the state championship match at 130-lbs. Both visited Harvard, Brown and American College on the same weekend. Both had signed to wrestler for Harvard.
Now, they met on the mat to decide the NYSPHSAA championship.
At the start, Hogan shot in several times, but was unable to come away with any points in a 0-0 period.
"I knew his best position was on his feet, so I really tried to get on him early in the match," Hogan said. "I knew I was going to escape from him in the second, so that wasn't a problem."
Hogan was indeed able to get the first point of the match on an escape in the second period and again tried for several takedowns, each one closer than the last and each one blocked by Osleeb.
"He did some funky stuff and I just couldn't finish on him," Hogan said.
"It was working," coach Mike Hogan said about the gameplan of his son and team captain. "The kid has some great defense on the legs and he did some stuff that was unique and hard to train for. He had some counters that not every kid has. That stopped him from getting about three takedowns because that kid was a terrific athlete."
In the third period, Hogan started in the top position and was able to ride out the first minute plus.
"I was nervous that I was going to get hit for stalling again because I had a warning and they were calling it pretty quick," he said. "I probably got into a position I shouldn't have and that's when he escaped."
Now tied at 1-1, Hogan saw his chance and went for it with about 20 seconds remaining in the period.
Again, Osleeb blocked, setting up the fateful, final 10 seconds.
"He had just put out a real lot of energy trying to get a takedown right at the end of the match and the kid countered just enough to get into a better position," coach Hogan said. "If he got the takedown with 20 seconds to go, the match probably is over."
However, it was the counter by Osleeb that proved to be the winning move.
"He shot in and I knew it was a good one," Pappy said. "I went to swing my leg back and his knee was there. I tried to swivel my hips and keep away from him but he had my knee locked out and managed to reach around behind."
Once again, Osleeb held onto a leg, this time taking Hogan to the mat to earn two points with four seconds remaining, securing the state title.
"It was a great match," coach Hogan said, then reflecting as a proud coach and father.
"I'm just so proud of him, He's been a great competitor and has been to the semifinals three times," he said. "I know there's a difference between being a state champ and a runner up. I wanted him to get this. I wanted him to feel what that was like."
"It's been great," the young Hogan said about his high school career. "I really love Peru and my teammates. I didn't quite make it to where I wanted."
Hogan also said that this match would fuel him for the next four years in the Harvard training room.
"For the next four years, it's going to be in the back of my mind that he beat me here today so I will be working that much harder in practice," Hogan said.
"Those are two great competitors and I am sure they are going to become friends at Harvard," coach Hogan added.