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December 26, 2012

St. John's Prep's Costa records win No. 500

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“I take more pride in the colleges that my wrestlers have attended than the wins and losses. Wins and losses are not important, it is preparing young adults for life,” Costa said. “It is the job of a coach to mentor them and prepare them for the future challenges. We are to lead by example and show them the way and be there for them when needed. The Prep provides a great opportunity and my wrestlers have more than taken advantage of that over the years.”

In addition to the 21 state champions and 33 Academic All-Americans, Costa has coached 27 Division 1 North sectional champions and eight All-State champions. St. John’s has won 17 Catholic Conference titles, including 14 in a row currently, and the Prep program has produced 28 100-match winners during Costa’s reign.

Costa was inducted into the Massachusetts state Hall of Fame in 2010 and the New England Hall of Fame in 2011.

Costa is especially thankful for the dedication of the assistant coaches he has had over the years -- J.C. Honer, Kevin Cote, Dave Blais, and Steve Campbell.

He also wanted to thank Brother Drinnan and Fred Glatz for hiring him 23 years ago with no head coaching experience, as well as current St. John’s Prep Athletic Director Jim O’Leary, and Ann Edgerton and Jameson Pelkey.

Costa also feels the program has benefited greatly from the contributions of trainers B.C. Corbett and Matt Lovett.

“Thank you to every wrestler that has been part of St. John’s Prep wrestling. It is them who won each of the meets over the years,” Costa said. “As I have constantly told them, I am 0-0 at the Prep. I never wrestled for the school. All I have done is driven the vans to meets or hopped on the bus assuring that they were at the meets ready to wrestle. I have been fortunate enough to have the best seat in the house.”

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