By Matt Jenkins
---- — 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.”
D.J. Lemieux (126 pounds) won three matches and finished seventh for the Prep while Lou Bornstein (113) and Peter Locke (160) also competed in All-States.
Butterbrodt and Jean-Jacques will compete in the New England Tournament on Friday in Providence, R.I. and Costa feels his team’s regular season schedule prepared the St. John’s wrestlers for the postseason.
“We knew that with our schedule we were prepared for the grind,” Costa said. “We wrestle the toughest schedule in the state. Every Saturday we wrestled the best teams in New England, so they were prepared for the physical strain this postseason would bring upon them. I am proud of our two champs as well as the other three that wrestled in all three tournaments.”
Two wrestlers from Marblehead/Swampscott competed at All-States and one may be in position to move on to the New England Tournament this week.
Sean Taylor, a senior from Marblehead, won four matches to place seventh at heavyweight, which was good for the alternate spot for New Englands. According to Marblehead/Swampscott head coach Mike Stamison, it is believed one of the qualifiers is expected to miss the tournament, which would open the door for Taylor to compete in Providence, R.I.
Jake Powell, a senior from Swampscott, also performed well at All-States, winning three matches and placing eighth at 126 pounds.