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February 25, 2013

Butterbrodt, Jean-Jacques earn All-State titles

St. John’s Prep wrestlers Ian Butterbrodt and Corey Jean-Jacques joined some elite company this weekend at the All-State wrestling championships.

Butterbrodt and Jean-Jacques became the ninth and 10th wrestlers in Eagles’ history to win an All-State title.

Each wrestler won four matches to grab the title and Butterbrodt, a sophomore who wrestles in the 220-pound weight class, was named the Outstanding Wrestler for the tournament after outscoring his opponents 59-2.

Jean-Jacques, a senior, finished third at 285 pounds in the Division 1 tournament earlier in the week, but bounced back for the victory this weekend.

Butterbrodt handled Bridgewater-Raynham’s William Fuller (13-0), Luis Mateo of Greater Lawrence (16-0), and Winchester’s T.J. Boudreau (15-0) to reach the finals. At that point, Butterbrodt defeated Central Catholic’s Ben Tavidian (15-2) for the championship.

“Ian has dominated the season; he’s 54-0 on the season,” St. John’s Prep coach Manny Costa said. “Ian racked up back points the entire postseason.”

Butterbrodt also became the second St. John’s Prep wrestler to earn the Outstanding Wrestler honor at the All-State tournament, joining former Eagles’ star wrestler Mike Pedro.

Jean-Jacques road to the title was a little more difficult, but equally impressive. Wins over Salem’s Andrew Romeo (6-1) and Pembroke’s Kevin Beane preceded a victory over Springfield Central’s Stephan Moldanaro, which came by injury default.

In the final, Jean-Jacques got revenge for one of his three losses this season. He defeated Chicopee’s Donovan Lozado, 2-1, for the title and improved to 55-3 this year. Lozado had beaten Jean-Jacques in the Division 1 semifinals on Wednesday.

“I told him to battle back for third (at states) and we would beat Lozado in the (All-State) finals,” Costa said. “He took third on Wednesday and got the job done against Lozado in the rematch to become the best heavyweight in the state.”

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