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.