The St. John’s Prep wrestling team finally has its title.
“After eight second (place finishes) and two thirds, we have finally broken through and won a state title,” St. John’s Prep coach Manny Costa said. “I am so proud of our team.”
The Eagles defeated Braintree 67-12 in the semifinals, then edged Shawsheen, 36-25, in the final to capture the Division 1 Dual Meet State Title.
St. John’s also finishes the dual meet season with a state-record 38 wins (38-3).
The Eagles trailed Shawsheen 25-22 with three matches remaining.
Jon Polansky pulled the team even with an 8-3 win at 195 pounds, then Ian Butterbrodt won 16-0 at 220 pounds to give St. John’s a 30-25 lead. Corey Jean-Jacques put it away at 285 pounds by recording a pin in 44 seconds.
Lou Bornstein (113 pounds) and Jared Costa (138) also had pins for the Eagles. Bornstein pinned his opponent in 1:06, while Costa did the job in 2:47.
St. John’s also got wins in the final from D.J. Lemieux (126, 16-6), James Smith (145, 5-4) and Ben DiNatale (152, 10-3).
Beverly wins one, drops two: The Panthers concluded the regular season by losing to Lynnfield/North Reading (52-13) and Pentucket (42-27) and defeating Lexington (51-14). Senior Luke McDonald went 3-0 at 152 pounds while junior Tom Wilbur also won three matches at 160.
Joe Kozlowski (132), Brendan McGee (170) and Peter Reusch (182) each won two matches for Beverly (16-9).
ST. JOHN’S PREP 3, XAVERIAN 2:In winning their eighth straight game, the Eagles (13-2) captured the Catholic Conference title for the first time since 1994, when they shared it with Catholic Memorial. It’s their first outright crown since the mid-1980s.
Paul Crehan scored the game-winning goal for St. John’s with 7:42 to play, marking the seventh time this season a member of the team’s fourth line has scored the game-winner. James Currier and Tyler Bird also had goals; Jack McCarthy, Brian Pinho and Justin Longo dished out assists; and senior goaltender Billy Price of Danvers had 23 saves in the win.
“It was an important win for our program,” said head coach Kristian Hanson, whose Eagles (7-1 Catholic Conference) have won 11 of their last 12 contests. “Xaverian was very physical and played very well; it was 1-1 going into the third period. But we played much better in the third and managed to pull out the win.”
Peabody 2, Winthrop 1: Senior defenseman Chris Minter had a goal and an assist, with his goal being the game-winning tally to snap a tie game in the third period, as the host Tanners (4-9-2) kept their tournament hopes alive with an upset win. Senior goaltender Joe Powers came up big in goal, stopping 32 shots. Mike Vadala also buried the biscuit for the hosts while linemate Matt McIsaac had two assists and Cam Smullen had one helper.
SALEM 6, EVERETT 2: Spencer Bergholtz had a hat trick for the Witches (4-8-3), who won their second straight for the first time in more than two seasons. Linemate Sam Petri added a goal and two assists in the win while Killian Fitzpatrick stepped into the top line and had two assists. Alex Gianelli finished with a goal and an assist; Adam Ngo also scored; and Brett Harring stopped 21 shots for the win.
SWAMPSCOTT 1, LYNN 0: Robert Serino’s rebound goal with just 15 seconds to play gave the Big Blue (11-4) a dramatic victory on the road at the Connery Rink. Chris Carman and Nunzio Morretti assisted on the play while freshman Tristan Bradley had 19 saves for Swampscott, which stopped a two-game losing streak.
MARBLEHEAD 8, REVERE 0: All three Koopman brothers — junior captain Tom (2) and freshman twins Matt and Kyle — had goals as the Headers (12-3) rolled to victory at Salem State. Senior captain Ian Maag also hit the back of the net twice and added two assists while Trip Franzese and Tim Kalinowski also scored in the win. Ty Bates and Tom Koopman also had two helpers while Myles Barry turned aside nine shots for his second shutout of the year and his team’s fifth.
Lowell Catholic 5, Bishop Fenwick 1: Junior Brian Corcoran had the lone tally for Fenwick (3-13), with his second goal of the season coming off a Chris Napolitano assist. The Crusaders outshot Lowell Catholic, 31-13.
Beverly 142, Mascon 133.25: The Panthers finish their season at a perfect 8-0 and clinch their third straight NEC/CAL title. The win is also Beverly’s 28th consecutive regular season win, dating back to 2010. Sophomore Heather Gomes was first in the all-around (37.3) and had her highest score of the meet on vault (9.4). Adrianna Beatrice and Masco’s Jess DeMarco tied for second in the all-around with a 36.25.
Masco third at CAL Meet: Freshman Carlyn Soares was first in the 500 free (5:22) and broke the Cape Ann League record in the 100 breast stroke with a time of 1:09.17, which was previously held by Suzie Herrick (H-W). Freshman Michael Bartley finished second in the 100 free (52.13), which qualified him for states and sectionals.
Also at the CAL meet, Ipswich placed fifth overall with 200 points. Amelia Young finished second in diving and also qualified for states, Ali Bouvier won a medal in 100 fly, Jackie Bouvier medaled in the 200 free and Joey Spinale was a medal recipient in the 100 backstroke.
Fenwick places third at CCL Meet: The Crusaders finished in third place with 298 points at the Catholic Central League meet over the weekend. Carson Christuk placed first and broke the meet record in both the 200 IM (2:04.19) and 500 Free (5:09.09). The 200 medley relay team of Bridgette Townsend, Jimmy Gautheir, Christuk and Matt O’Brien also had a first place finish (1:54.55).
Pingree 53, Dexter 41: Of the 12 events at the meet, Pingree captured nine first place and eight second place finishes on Friday night. Kyle Skelton swam a personal best in the 200 free (2:18) and was first in the 100 breast, Erin Cunningham had double wins in the 200 IM and 100 back, while Nick Sweetser also swam a personal best in the 500 free (6:20.53) for the Highlanders (7-5). Veronica Monteiro finished first in the diving (147.375).
Masconomet 2, Everett 0: Senior captains Alex Jones finished with 23 saves for her third shutout of the season as the Chieftains improved to 9-3-1. Senior Kendra Dow and sophomore Jensena Moner had goals in the second and third period, respectively, with assists going to Katie Terban, Meghan Hubbard and Dana Valletti.
Gardner 5, Marblehead 2: Hadley Woodfin netted both goals for the Lady Headers, but dropped a tough one at home. Rachel McKay, Brittany Smith, Abby Dimare and Halle McKay assisted on the goals, while goalies Aly Hopkins and Sabrina Doughman combined for 20 saves in net.
Pingree 49, Dana Hall 31: Junior guard Haley Sabino led the way for the Highlanders (10-6) with 12 points. Alex Kruck and Katlyn Oliver added 10 a piece as Pingree pulled down 14 offensive rebounds and 24 defensive rebounds as a team.
Piazza qualifies for states: Danvers’ Drew Piazza competed for a final chance to qualifiy for the states. In the process, Piazza recorded a new school record in the 600 (1:24.46), which was previously held by Colin Lynch from 2006. Piazza has already qualified in the 1000 and can no add the 600 to his list.
Western New England 62, Endicott 52: The Gulls went cold in the second half, allowing Western New England to go on a game-changing 13-3 run. Junior Jen White had 15 points to lead Endicott (12-9 overall, 8-6 Commonwealth Coast Conference). Sophomore Kayleen Whall chipped in with 11 points and five rebounds, and senior guard Jen McBrien recorded eight assists.
Gordon 44, Eastern Nazarene 43: The Fighting Scots picked up their first CCC win (3-18 overall, 1-13) with a narrow victory over Eastern Nazarene. Lauren Kranyak scored 19 points, pulled down nine rebounds, and came up with three steals in the win, while Brooke Kratche had a double-double with 15 points and 10 boards.
Endicott 70, Western New England 64: John Henault dropped 20 points and Lance Greene filled the stat sheet with 13 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals as the Gulls improved to 9-12 (4-10 CCC). Matt Kneece came off the bench to score 13 points and grab six rebounds, and Lachlan McGee added 12 points for the Gulls.
Gordon 56, Eastern Nazarene 49: Senior David Dempsey had 13 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks and his brother, sophomore Jason Dempsey, added 13 points and two blocks to help the Fighting Scots hold on for a win. Gordon, which improved to 15-6 (10-4 CCC), also got nine points, six rebounds and four assists from sophomore guard Taylor Bajema, plus eight points and nine boards from sophomore center Hans Miersma.
Fitchburg State 5, Salem State 1: Salem State’s sophomore Kristofer Faric tied the score at one a piece in the second period, before Fitchburg scored its four unanswered goals. The Vikings drop to 10-9-1 on the season.
Endicott 3, Elms College 2: Trailing 2-1, Endicott came back with 27-25 and 16-14 wins to steal a victory. The Gulls won the first set, 25-21, before dropping the next two with identical 19-25 scores. Travis Netherton recorded 13 kills for Endicott (3-3, 1-0), and Tyler Bacon registered 38 assists and 12 digs.