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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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Massdevelopment Announces Funding For Fifth Round of Site Readiness Program

BOSTON, Mass. — The Baker-Polito Administration and MassDevelopment announced the availability of $3 million in funding through the fifth round of the Site Readiness Program.
 
The Site Readiness Program provides resources to cities, towns, and other entities to help overcome obstacles to developing otherwise prime sites. Municipalities, nonprofit economic development entities, and private-sector businesses can apply for grants to finance land acquisition, feasibility studies, master planning, environmental permitting, site improvements, and other related work.
 
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The Site Readiness Program, administered by MassDevelopment, aims to boost the Commonwealth’s inventory of large, development-ready sites, accelerate private-sector investment in industrial and commercial projects, and support the conversion of abandoned sites and facilities into clean, actively used, tax-generating properties. Through its first four rounds of grants, the Site Readiness Program has awarded approximately $10.4 million to 48 projects in almost every region, furthering the development potential for nearly 3,600 acres across the Commonwealth.
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