SALEM — It was a rare and rewarding double-triple.
Teammates, practice partners and friends Christian Monserrat and Paul Sughrue of Methuen completed a satisfying union yesterday at Salem High School as they each became three-time All-State champions.
Both were winners in commanding fashion as Monserrat rolled past Central Catholic’s Pat Lacroix at 126 pounds, 7-1, while Sughrue won the 132-pound crown over Johnny Do of Framingham, 7-2.
Monserrat was tabbed as MVP of the lower weight classes.
“It was really tough,” Monserrat said of his 11-match journey to the three-peat. “My whole body is sore, I was cutting weight, wrestling every day, but you’ve got to have the right mindset to do this.
“I’ve been wrestling since I was in kindergarten and there’s been pressure on me from my family, friends and coaches to become the best that I can be. I won’t stop working till I’m the best I can be.”
Sughrue has been a partner on that journey.
“We practice together every day. He pushes me and I push him,” Sughrue said. “He helps me with my speed, my strength … it’s good to have a partner like him plus we’re best friends.”
Sughrue also had the extra drive, friendly as it was, of bettering older brother John’s mark of two state titles.
“I wanted to sort of challenge him, brother to brother, but he’s helped me get better my whole life. He’ll practice with me any time I wanted to go and he made me better, so I’d like to thank him for that.”
Local Eagles soar to titles
Once Ian Butterbrodt got control of Ban Tavitian’s arms, it was all over.
The St. John’s Prep 220-pounder from North Andover tied up his Central opponent’s right arm in the second period and rode that to a pair of 3-point near falls, then shackled Tavitian’s left arm for another 3-pointer en route to a 15-2 victory.