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March 24, 2014

2013-14 Salem News Wrestling All-Stars


The Salem News

---- — 2013-14 WRESTLER OF THE YEAR

IAN BUTTERBRODT

St. John’s Prep Junior

For two years running, St. John’s Prep 220-pounder Ian Butterbrodt has been dominating the state of Massachusetts.

And after defeating Exeter, RI’s Carl Neff 6-5, Butterbrodt became the top 220-pound wrestler in all of New England.

After falling in the New England finals to Andrew Cavanna for his first loss last season, Butterbrodt downed Cavanna 8-0 in the first round of New England’s before going on to be crowned the champion this year.

“Ian dominated the defending champion in the quarterfinals,” said Prep head coach Manny Costa. “After the match I explained that he needed to remain mentally focused. You prepare a year to avenge a loss and you expect to be in a final then you still have to wrestle two more state champions to be champion.”

Butterbrodt set a new Mass state record going 63-0 with 41 pins. He was the Division 1 North champion, state champion and was the seventh New England champion in school history. He is also the fifth Eagle to go undefeated on the season.

“I’m proud of his (Butterbrodt’s) effort all season,” said Costa. “He worked hard all off season training and competing to be champion.”

In the last two seasons Butterbrodt is 120-1 and is a team captain. He holds a 4.38 GPA and credits coach Costa for helping him become the wrestler that he is today.

CHRIS BEHEN

Danvers Junior

138

A team captain for Masco ... Was named the NEC Wrestler of the Year ... Holds a 3.3 GPA and plans on attending a four-year college ... Took second in the Division 3 North sectional ... Had his best performance at Div. 3 states where he took second overall ... Was one of two wrestlers to reach All States in Danvers program history where he took fourth place.

JARED COSTA

St. John’s Prep Senior

145

Finished his senior campaign with a 58-3 record including 38 pins ... Was 183-27 in his career ... Holds a 3.7 GPA and will attend Anderson University in South Carolina ... Was a Division 1 state champion this season ... A two-year captain ... Was the Div. 1 North sectional champ two years running and a four-time Catholic Conference All Star.

JOSEPH KOZLOWSKI

Beverly Senior

145

A two-time NEC all star ... Holds a 3.4 GPA ... Will attend Endicott College beginning this fall where he’ll play football for coach JB Wells ... Finished his senior season with a record of 27-11 ... Took second place at the CAL/NEC meet ... Was a team captain.

CHASE JEFFERYS

Masconomet Senior

126

The Chieftains’ senior captain broke the school record for most pins with 35 and most points scored ... Had 41 wins ... Qualified for All States despite wrestling with a broken hand ... Committed to Norwich to wrestle, join the Marine Corp ROTC and major in criminal justice ... Holds a 3.4 GPA ... Named an All-American and placed in every tournament.

CONSTANTINE GALANIS

Ipswich Junior

138

Finished this winter with a 43-14 record and is 119-36 in his career ... Was a CAL/NEC All Star and won the coaches award for his team ... Was voted the outstanding wrestler in the Division 3 North tournament ... Was fifth at the Div. 3 State tournament and sixth at All States ... Holds a 3.76 GPA ... Qualified for New Englands ... Is a cerebral wrestler who learns from his mistakes ... Hopes to major in business or engineering.

SAM ANDERSON

Danvers Senior

152

Was the Division 3 North sectional champion in his weight class this past winter ... Joined Behen as Danvers’ first two wrestlers to ever reach All States ... Holds a 3.0 GPA ... Took home second place overall at the Division 3 state tournament ... Wrestled to a fifth place finish at All States.

HUNTER COSTA

St. John’s Prep Sophomore

126

A Catholic Conference all star ... Finished the season with a 53-7 overall record ... Won the Division 1 North sectional and took second overall at the Div. 1 state championships ... Holds a 4.2 GPA ... Hopes to one day be better than his brother Jared who is also his biggest athletic influence.

TYLER CAMERON

Masconomet Senior

135

A team captain ... Holds a 4.1 GPA and plans on attending a business school ... Took first place at the Pentucket Holiday Tournament ... Finished the season with a 47-6 record ... Was fourth at the Wilmington Tournament and was a Cape Ann League finalist ... Made it to the Division 2 North finals and the Div. 2 state semifinals ... Was the Masco Student Athlete of the Month for December.

JOEY BYORS

Salem Junior

Finished his junior campaign with 19 wins and just seven losses ... Placed second overall at the Division 2 North sectionals ... Is a team captain for the Witches ... Was fourth place in the Pentucket Holiday Tournament and second place at the CAL/NEC meet ... Considers his mother and grandfather to be his biggest athletic influences.

STEPHEN HOPKINS

Swampscott Freshman

106

Was named to the Northeastern Conference All Star ... Had his best performance against Beverly’s John Jones earning a 14-1 decision ... Placed second at the CAL/NEC League Meet ... Was 21-14 on the season ... Took home fourth place at the Division 3 North Sectional.

BRANDON RAPOZA

Peabody Senior

220/Heavyweight

Finished the season at 27-5 wrestling in two different weight classes ... Had his best performance at the NEC/CAL tournament taking first ... Plans on attending Salem State in the fall ... A quick finisher who rarely lets matches go into the third period ... Favorite part about wrestling is being in complete control of the outcome.

ALI ATALLAH

Marblehead Senior

182

Wrestled his way to a second place finish in the Division 3 North sectional ... Wrapped up his senior season with 24 wins and 11 losses ... Is considering joining the Western New England University wrestling team ... Was an NEC all star ... A team captain ... Credits his coaches for always having his best interests in mind helping him succeed.

THOMAS WILBUR

Beverly Senior

170

A two-time NEC all star ... Holds a 3.5 GPA ... Finished in eighth place at the Lowell Holiday Tournament ... Was the NEC/CAL Tournament champion ... Finished in second place at the Division 2 North sectional and the Div. 2 state tournament ... Finished the season with a 33-7 record ... Credits his father Dave for always being there for support.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

BEVERLY: Jonah Feingold, Sr., 120; Ahmad Alshrafi, So., 113; John Jones, Fr., 106.

DANVERS: Michael Neff, So., 113; Chris Davis, Jr., 120; Quinton Holland, Fr., 145.

MASCO: Kevin Gregorio, Sr., 152; Dan Gregorio, So., 145; Johnny Walker, So., 113.

IPSWICH/GEORGETOWN: Matt Carey, Jr., 170; Derek Chamberlain Sr., 195.

SJP: Malcolm Mitchell, Fr., 106; Michael Dik, Jr., 120; Fred Colberg, Sr., 152.

SALEM: Caleb Brown, 152, Jr.