SALEM NEWS WRESTLER OF THE YEAR
St. John's Prep, Sophomore
The St. John’s Prep wrestling team set a state record for victories in a season with 38. And no one had a better individual season for the Eagles and head coach Manny Costa than sophomore Ian Butterbrodt.
The 6-foot Butterbrodt was undefeated in the state of Massachusetts and won all 57 matches he wrestled before losing in the finals of the New England meet.
Butterbrodt, who relies on his technique first and foremost, won the Division 1 North Sectional, the Division 1 State meet and All States wrestling at 220 pounds. The fact that he’s only a sophomore usually wrestling against upper classmen makes it that much more impressive.
Butterbrodt went 43-5 as a freshman. He attributes his phenomenal success this year to three main things.
“Going to Doughboys Wrestling Club in Lowell, Manny (Costa) running a good practice and having a great partner to wrestle in the room with," he said.
His partner was heavyweight Corey Jean-Jacques who was 55-4 this winter. Tough wrestling day in and day out helped Butterbrodt solidify himself as one of the truly elite grapplers in the state of Massachusetts.
Butterbrodt hopes to continue to improve on the mat and hopes to one day attend Harvard. The two-time Catholic Conference all star holds a 4.43 GPA.
Finished his senior campaign with a record of 43-13 overall … Was the first grappler on his team to go too New England’s … A three time Salem News all-star … Had his best performance of the season when he defeated the Connecticut State Champion … Considers his father to be his biggest inspiration and source of motivation … Was a team captain.
Was the Cape Ann League/Northeastern Conference champion for his weight class … Competed in all-states … Holds a 3.04 GPA and hopes to attend a four-year college … Was named the Masconomet Athlete of the Month in February … Finished with 39 wins, 34 pins and was seventh in the state for his weight class.
Finished second at states in his weight class and recorded his 100th career win this season … A team captain … Finished the regular season at 31-2 and was the sectional champion in his weight class … Was named the NEC Wrestler of the Year … Is currently deciding between Ithaca College and Ursinus College … Finished eighth at all-states.
A two time Northeastern Conference all-star … Holds a 3.31 GPA … Took first place at the Milford Invitational Tournament … Had a record of 25-11 with 18 pins … Finished in fourth place at the Division 2 North Sectionals and finished eighth at Division 2 states … Is undecided on where to attend college but hopes to major in education … Considers his family and the city of Beverly to be his biggest influences … A team captain.
St. John’s Prep Senior
Was the All-State champion at heavyweight … Finished the season with a record of 55-4 which made him 138-22 overall in his career … A team captain … Will do a post graduate year at Avon Old Farms School … Defeated last season’s Division 1 State Champion for his best individual performance … Also key member of the Eagles D1 Super Bowl championship football team ... Won the Woburn Invitational and was named a Catholic Conference all-star.
Wrapped up his senior season with a record of 33-9 overall … Was named the Beverly team Most Valuable Player … A Northeastern Conference all-star … Is unsure about his plans after graduation … Was seventh at the state tournament.
St. John’s Prep Senior
A team captain he helped lead St. John’s Prep to its first dual meet championship … Will attend and wrestle at Wesleyan University … Reached the Division 1 state finals … Had a record of 51-7 overall and was first in the state dual meet … Carries a 4.5 GPA and is in the top 10 of his class … A three-time Catholic Conference all star.
Had his best performance this season for the Tanners in the Northeastern Conference/Cape Ann League meet where he was the champion in his weight class ... Was a team captain ... Will attend North Shore Community College after graduating from Peabody ... His grandmother, who was fighting cancer, was his biggest influence because he wanted to make her proud ... Finished the season 15-3.
Finished the winter with a 32-9 mark ... Was convinced to wrestle when he was younger by his father, who continues to be Behen’s biggest influence ... Was fifth at Division 3 states ... Holds a 3.3 GPA ... Was a Northeastern Conference All Star ... Is a team captain ... Was third overall at the D3 North sectional meet.
Was the team MVP for the Georgtown/Ipswich squad ... Considers his brother his biggest influence for wrestling with him at home and giving important tips ... Was 36-12 on the season ... Holds a 3.8 and hopes to wrestle in college one day ... Finished fourth at Division 3 sectionals ... Was second at the Cape Ann League/Northeastern Conference Tournament.
Is a team captain for the Danvers/Hamilton-Wenham co-op ... Was seventh overall in his weight class at all states ... Won the Division 3 North Sectional tournament ... Holds a 3.0 PA and hopes to attend college after graduating high school ... Finished the season with a record of 33-9.
Salem High School
Was named as a Northeastern Conference all-star … Was the Salem team MVP … Hopes to go to college and earn a degree in business … Wrestled his best in the Division 2 State Tournament where he placed fourth overall … Was given the Salem High Hall of Fame Award … Finished third in the Division 2 North Sectional.
St. John’s Prep: Lou Bornstein, Sr., 113; Peter Locke, Sr., 160; Hunter Costa, Fr.; Jared Costa, Jr., 138.
Masconomet: Aaron Zackon, Sr., 138; Mike Bakanowsky, Sr., 195.
Danvers/H-W: Chris Davis, So., 113; Jackson Leete, 8th, 106.
Peabody: Brandan Rapoza, Jr., 220; Tom Towey, Sr., 152.
Marblehead/Swampscott: Joe Mitlin, Sr., 160; Maleek Newsome, Jr., 170.
Beverly: Tom Wilbur, Jr., 160; Peter Reush, Sr., 182; Joe Kozlowski, Jr., 132.
Salem: Tahmid Raji, Sr., 120
Ipswich/Georgetown: Mike Gallanar, Jr., 126; Dave Ingraham, Sr., 132.