McDonogh senior Mitch Bode earned his 100th career win with Wednesday night’s 135-pound, 12-4, major decision over Alex Malinowski of Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference rival Boys Latin during the Eagles’ 56-11 dual meet victory over the visiting Lakers.
Bode, 18, earned his fourth career win over Malinowski, whom he pinned on the way to a third-place finish at the MIAA tournament when they were freshman.
The win ran Bode’s record to 20-10 for the season, and, 100-60 overall, this, despite having overcome and endured some adversity stemming from injuries over the course of his four-year varsity career.
“Since my freshman year, I have always looked forward to getting my 100th win. To be a part of the 100 win club at McDonogh is a great accomplishment of mine, I am very honored,” said Bode, a 140-pound runner-up at MIAAs last year when he placed third at private school states.
“As I look at the board in our wrestling room of the 100 win club, you see people like The Holmes Brothers, Travis, Bryn, and Curtis,” said Bode. “You see Shane Milam, Alex Pagnotta, Eric Filipowicz, and Joe Breen. Knowing that my name will be up there at the end of the year brings great joy to me.”
Bode’s journey, however, began with a broken ankle prior to his freshman season which required surgery and “Left me with eight screws and three rods in my right ankle.”
As a sophomore, Bode separated his left shoulder and missed two weeks. Bode’s right arm also was broken during the private schools tournament of his 10th grade year. As a junior, a bout with bronchitis caused him to miss December’s Beast Of The East tournament
“This was not easy to come by due to numerous injuries I have suffered since my freshman year, which has left me out of many tournaments. This year I missed our opening tournament due to a concussion, which killed me,” said Bode, who missed the host Eagles’ Ray Oliver Tournament after having placed second as a junior.
“Not being able to wrestle in the Ray Oliver Tournament my senior year was not something I was happy about. I struggled in the beginning of the season a little bit, but I really believe I have turned a corner in the past couple weeks,” said Bode. “Being able to work with Coach [Pete] Welch and Coach [Joe] Bakewell to get things on track has really helped me. They are amazing coaches, and I could not have gotten this far with out them.”
Bode is gearing up for the Eagles’ dual meet with visiting Archbishop Curley on Thursday, and for another at rival Mount St. Joseph on Saturday.
“I am blessed to have the support from my teammates, and my family,” said Bode. “My team and I are getting prepared for the end of the season to really shine and show the people what McDonogh wrestling is all about.”