The Salem News
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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.
He became the first two-time champ for St. John’s since Ryan Malo in 2007.
Butterbrodt and Jared Costa make it 26 state champions for St. John’s Prep, 24 under Manny Costa.
Butterbrodt increased his record to 55-0 this year, and he’ll try to win back-to-back All-State titles next week.
“He’s been dominant all year. He worked hard in the offseason and he placed at nationals, so he’s nationally ranked,” Costa said. “He goes to work when he goes on the mat. He likes to build points, he’s a very methodical wrestler.”
In addition to Butterbrodt and Jared and Hunter Costa, Fred Colberg, Michael Dik and Ben Kincaid will also be advancing to All-States. Colberg placed fifth at 152 pounds while Dik (120 pounds) and Kincaid (160) each placed sixth.
As a team, St. John’s finished second behind Springfield Central.
Danvers places sixth in Div. 3: Chris Behen (138 pounds) and Sam Anderson (152) each finished second to highlight the Falcons’ weekend at the Division 3 state championship. Michael Neff (113) took third for Danvers and Chris Davis added a fifth at 120 pounds.
Beverly’s Wilbur takes second: Tom Wilbur won three matches at 170 pounds but lost to North Andover’s Brad Drover in the final. Wilbur will advance to the All-States.
Pingree excels at EILs: Senior Erin Cunninghan set a new Pingree record in the 50 free with a time of 25.12 to held the Highlanders finish third at the EIL Championships at Wellesley on Saturday. The boys were fourth and Pingree came away with 14 total best times.Cunningham was also second in the 100 back (1:02.67) while Allie Attarian was third in the 100 breast (1:17.69) and those two teams with June Kiely and Alexa Harrison for third in the 200 medley relay. Senior Solina Powell was fourth in the 100 breast (1:23.19), Sam Consitt was fourth in the boys 50 free (25.98) and Kiely was fifth in both the 200-IM and 100 free.
MEN’S COLLEGE LACROSSE
Endicott 15, Stevens 11: The Gulls (1-0) returned to revamped North Field for the first time in 11 years and knocked off the preseason No. 13 team in America. Colin Bannon’s five goals led the way for the hosts while Nick Pinciaro and Jeremy Morgan scored three and goalie Cameron Bell came up with 18 saves.
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Salem State 54, MCLA 53: Hamed Akanni scored 15 points the spark Salem State (16-8), which held on in the final minutes to win their last regular season game at home. Ryan Salvador had 11 for the Vikings while Jon Perez and Nick Grassa added eight each.
Endicott 69, Western New England 60: The Gulls (17-8) wrapped up the regular season with a road win spearheaded by Kahmal Walker’s 20 points. Andre Markis scored 16, Jon Henault added 14 and Lachlan Magee chipped in 10.
Eastern Nazarene 75, Gordon 66: Jason Dempsey had a team-high 13 points but Gordon (14-10) fell in their CCC final and slipped to the No. 3 seed in this week’s conference tournament. Hans Miersma added 12 points and Alex Carnes scored 10.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Salem State 74, MCLA 68: Peabody native Ginny Fleming racked up 24 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in a dominant effort to lead Salem State (12-13) to victory. Rachael Carter also enjoyed a monster outing with 24 points of her own and Ashley White scored 12.
Endciott 68, Western New England 60: Kelsey Cuddy scored 14 points to pace Endciott (19-6) in their last tune-up before the CCC playoffs. Samantha Crough and Julie Manning each scored 13 for the Gulls and Jen White grabbed 10 rebounds.
Eastern Nazarene 63, Gordon 57: Brooke Kratche finished the year with a 22 point, 10 rebound double-double as Gordon wrapped up their season 5-20. Lauren Kranyak also scored 15 for the Scots.
Salem State 2, Fitchburg State 1: Chad Goodwin’s game-winning goal with 4:03 left lifted the Vikings (13-9-2 overall) into a first-place tie with Plymouth State with one MASCAC game remaining. John Needham’s shorthanded goal in the first put Salem State on top before FSU tied it in the third. Goalie Ryan Sutliffe made 25 saves.