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.