Typical of a Division 1 State Wrestling Tournament, St. John’s Prep coach Manny Costa had a lot on his plate Saturday.
The Eagles, a powerhouse program in Massachusetts, always have a handful of wrestlers that carry on deep into their respective weight class brackets. Costa was feeling a little more uneasy than normal this time around, however.
Both of Costa’s sons — senior Jared Costa at 145 pounds and sophomore Hunter Costa at 126 pounds — advanced to the finals, as did junior Ian Butterbrodt at 220 pounds.
“It was an unbelievably stressful day, having two (sons) in the finals to begin with. I didn’t get much sleep that night,” Costa said.
Jared Costa came through with an impressive victory, scoring a third-period pin after trailing by a point.
Hunter Costa fought hard, but fell 9-5 to Barnstable’s Mike Botello.
“Both of them were born and raised with St. John’s Prep wrestling. They know the legacy with state champions that we have been fortunate to have. They have read that board,” said Costa, the veteran St. John’s coach. “For Jared, it was almost a major relief to be able to fulfill that and his brother definitely wants to.”
Jared Costa may have been trailing heading into the third period, but his father still felt confident.
“His favorite spot is to be on top anyway and the Lincoln-Sudbury kid (Alec Melamut) chose to be down. Jared locked him up in a spladle. It was an unbelievable feeling, watching all the years of hard work come to fruition,” Manny Costa said. “The clock was ticking away, but he’s usually pretty patient on top and waits for an opening to pounce on it. I knew he’d have several shots to get back in those two minutes.”
Butterbrodt, meanwhile, didn’t need any late-match heroics to capture his second consecutive state title. He completely dismantled the competition, winning by scores of 16-0 and 15-0 in the first two rounds and by pin in the semifinals and finals.