The Catholic Memorial wrestling team stormed into St. John’s Prep’s Memorial Gymnasium on Wednesday night with a vengeance, taking the first two matches against St. John’s Prep with quick pins. But as the meet went on and the weight class increased, the veteran Eagles mounted their comeback. With his team trailing, 22-6, St. John’s Prep senior Jared Costa took to the mat and pinned Dylan Wolusky in 48 seconds. The Eagles (28-1) rode that momentum to win the next three matches and six of the final eight to beat CM, 41-25. The win clinched at least a share of the Catholic Conference championship for St. John’s, and the Eagles can take the title outright with a win over Malden Catholic next Wednesday. “It’s a great test for us,” said Prep coach Manny Costa, also Jared’s father. “We knew [Catholic Memorial] was going to be real tough this year. They wanted to win the conference just like we did. To beat them is a great win for us.” Junior Ian Butterbrodt clinched the dual meet for the Eagles at 220 pounds, needing just 18 seconds to pin Vinny Fiore. “Ian’s nationally ranked, so we knew with the 4-point lead, he was going to put the match away,” Costa said. “That’s the guy you want on the mat to clinch.” Michael Dik (120 pounds), Solomon White (170 pounds), and Jay Carnevale (285 pounds) also pinned their opponents to earn 6 points each for the Prep. Senior Fred Colberg won a major decision at 152 pounds and Ben DiNatale won by decision in a heated match at 160 pounds, bolstering the Eagles’ comeback. In the first two matches of the night, junior Mike Aquino and senior Brian Ferrera pinned at 106 and 113 pounds, respectively, to put the Knights (17-1) ahead, 12-0. Mark Gutierrez (126 pounds), Peter Gutierrez (132 pounds), and Pat Ferzoco (138 pounds) all won their respective bouts to give CM a 22-6 lead, but Knights coach Alex Strum knew his team needed pins, not wins by decision. "We knew how tough they were up top, so we needed to make hay while the sun shined down there and they took a couple points away, which was a little deflating,” Strum said. “We wrestled hard, [but] they wrestled smarter.’’
St. John’s Prep 41, Catholic Memorial 25
Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, at Danvers
Updated: Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, 1:08 p.m.