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Burke, Powell Take Gold to Highlight Strong Games for Berkshire Wrestlers

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BOSTON -- Dylan Burke and Zabion Powell took home gold medals from the Bay State Games wrestling competition on Saturday at UMass-Boston.
 
Burke, wrestling at 195 pounds, showed his toughness finishing the tournament with a broken nose according to his high school coach, Taconic's Jeremy Tetreault.
 
"He had a tough two-point win over the New Hampshire state champ," Tetreault said.
 
And at 148 pounds, Powell "dominated the college competition at his first open tournament."
 
Eleven grapplers from the Berkshire Wrestling Club, coached by Dwayne Miller, competed in the Bay State Games festival.
 
Seven of the 11 placed third or higher in their respective weight classes.
 
At 132, Joe Podolak placed third. Mike Puskey took the bronze at 170, taking all four of his wins by pins and losing in the semi-finals by just one point. Logan Mead also took a tough one-point loss in the semis at 220 but came back to win the third-place match.
 
The club brought home fourth-place finishes from Alex Hall at 106 and London Martin at 145. Martin's tournament included a pin over the No. 1 seed in his class.
 
Other Berkshire Wrestling Club competitors included David Babineau at 126, Ryan Scott and Louis Rhodes at 138 and Jesse Kordana in the open division at 178.
 
It was a busy week for Berkshire County athletes at the Bay State Games.
 
In addition to the boys lacrosse team's gold medal earlier in the week, the West girls soccer team, which included Drury's Kayla McGrath, earned a bronze, as did girls basketball, which included Drury's Brooke DiGennaro.
 
Mount Greylock's Thomas Martin and Derek Paris, Lenox's Jett Steinman and Hoosac Valley's Henry Sniezek competed on the West baseball team.

 

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Berkshire Adult Baseball League Finals Start Saturday

The final round matchups are set in the Berkshire Adult Baseball League, where BBA will take on Lenox in the 20-year-old division and the Adams Aces against the Moneymakers in the 35-year-old division.
 
The best-of-three series begin on Saturday morning at Lenox's War Memorial Field (for the 20s) and the Dalton Legion Field (for the 35s) at 10 a.m.
 
On Sunday, the venues change, and the teams will play at least one game -- two if necessary -- starting at 10. The 20-year-old final will be in Dalton while the 35s will be at Hoosac Valley High School.
 
Lenox earned its berth in the final with a 2-1 series win over the defending champion Cornerstone 90s last weekend.
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