Wood hits century mark

  • Franklin Tech’s Brody Wood (left) poses with Burt Burger following his 100th career victory on Saturday. Contributed photo

  • Franklin Tech wrestler Brody Wood (top) is on his way toward pinning South Hadley’s Eli Pietrzykowski for his 100th career victory Saturday at the Burt Burger Invitational Wrestling Tournament at Chicopee. Wood went on to win the 170-pound championship. Contributed Photo

  • Franklin Tech’s Brody Wood (right) is congratulated after pinning South Hadley’s Eli Pietrzykowski for his 100th career victory Saturday at the Burt Burger Invitational Wrestling Tournament at Chicopee. Wood went on to win the 170-pound championship. Contributed Photo

Staff Writer
Published: 1/20/2019 10:58:58 PM

How do you put a nice little bow on a day in which you earn your 100th career varsity wrestling victory? You go out and win the tournament you’re competing in.

Franklin County Technical School’s Brody Wood did just that as he started out his day at the Burt Burger Invitational Wrestling Tournament Saturday at Chicopee High School by picking up his milestone win, and he ended it by winning the 170-pound weight class at the tournament.

Wood began his day by pinning South Hadley’s Eli Pietrzykowski in the first period to earn his 100th career win and etch his name in the 100-win banner hanging in the Franklin Tech gymnasium. He followed that up with a pin over Austin Seifert of East Longmeadow High School to move to the finals, where he beat Korey Holmes from Xaverian, 7-5, to win the tournament. Franklin Tech coach Joe Gamache said that Wood has strived to improve since he started with the team as a freshman.

“He’s a kid who certainly put in a lot of work to improve over his four years,” Gamache began. “He has wrestled in the offseason and gone to camps. Freshman year, he was behind some good kids and didn’t get a lot of matches. The bulk of his matches have come the last two years.”

After the match, Wood was called to the center of the mat where Burt Burger (who is from Chicopee and was enshrined by the Mass. Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame) shook his hand and gave Wood a medal that Burger won during his wrestling days at Springfield College.

Walker Picard also went 3-0 on the day and won the championship at 220 pounds. Picard pinned Aidan McShefferey from Xaverian in the first period to win the title. Wood and Picard’s crowns helped the Eagles finish seventh overall in the 15-team field.

Ayden Stacy and Kyle Brunelle each went 3-1 on the day at their respective weights for the Eagles, who will look to wrap up the Suburban North title Wednesday night at 7 at Frontier.

Mohawk results

Mohawk Trail went 0-3 at the Holyoke Duals over the weekend.

The Warriors, who had only a handful of wrestlers, lost to Minnechaug (60-0), Frontier (48-6) and Holyoke (30-6).

Quinton Romer went 2-1 at 160 pounds as he earned one win by pin and another by decision. Nate Wooldridge (132) and Dylan Wooldridge (170) each added one win via pin on the weekend.

No Frontier results were provided.


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