Pat Lacroix’s junior season at Central Catholic is one that many wrestlers would die for.
He won the Division 2 North crown at 120 pounds, finished second at the Division 2 state meet, came in fourth at New England and compiled a sterling 51-5 record, which set a school record for wins in one season.
It was the best campaign of any of the Lacroix brothers, besting anything his older brothers, Tom and Chris, had accomplished at Central. Tom came closest, wrestling to 47-5 and finishing fifth in New England his senior year.
Clearly, it was a season to be proud of for the Salem resident, right? Not exactly.
“It was a great season, but I was expecting to win everything,” said Lacroix, who entered the season with an impressive career record of 126-27. “I’m proud of what I did, but I was disappointed, too.”
Up a weight class to 126, Lacroix is hoping to fulfill his goals this year.
“I’m definitely hoping to win it all this year — state, all-state and New England,” he said. “I’m also shooting for the school record in wins. I need 52 this year to pass Ryan O’Boyle And Joey Fendone (both at 177).
“I feel stronger at this weight class and I feel good about the way I’m wrestling.”
Lacroix, who finished second at the highly regarded Lowell Holiday Tournament last week, certainly has plenty of experience. He’s been wrestling since he was 6-years-old and he’s been training with top-notch competition for years, including Central teammate and two-time New England champ O’Boyle the last two years.
“That definitely helped me a lot,” said Lacroix, who often works out now with highly touted freshman Brandon Desfosses. “He showed me how to scrap and scramble and get out of bad positions.