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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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Baseball in the Berkshires Opens New Exhibit Friday in Pittsfield

PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- "Take Me out to the Ballgame! The Road to October," presented by Baseball in the Berkshires: A County's Common Bond, features baseball players with roots in Berkshire County who have experienced the Major League Baseball’s postseason.
 
There are 38 MLB players who were born or settled in Berkshire County. Come find out how many made it to the post season during the opening reception Friday, Oct. 4, from 5 to 8 p.m., during First Fridays Artswalk. There will also be a tools-of-the trade workshop beginning at 5, including the history of the baseball and the history of baseball gloves.
 
This exhibit is presented by Baseball in the Berkshires and will feature many of the artifacts in the organization’s collection. Baseball in the Berkshires: A County’s Common Bond is a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring the residents and friends of Berkshire County together to assist in telling the story of Baseball in the Berkshires. The organization delivers programming that will highlight the cultural and historical part of Baseball in the Berkshires while also offering educational programming to all age groups.
 
Grampie’s Dog House will be selling hot dogs. Popcorn and other baseball-themed refreshments will also be served during the opening reception. The Road to October will be on display through Friday, Nov. 22. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. 
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