Congratulations to the St. John's Prep winter sports teams who are wrapping up an incredible winter season. The Prep's wrestling team claimed its second consecutive all-state championship and third straight division 1 state championship last week and the alpine skiing team followed up with its second straight state championship on Wednesday, March 1.
The wrestling team is also D1 North champions for the fourth year in a row. St. John's will now defend its New England Championship crown this upcoming weekend. Individually, the Eagles' wrestlers have cleaned up this season with three sectional champions (Alex Schaeublin '23, Elias Hajali '23, Rawson Iwanicki '23), two D1 state champions (Schaeublin, Iwanicki), and two all-state champions (Schaeublin, Iwanicki).
The alpine skiing program has now won two state titles in the last two seasons—its first time going back-to-back, and fourth overall. Behind strong performances from Josh Haarmann '25 in the giant slalom and slalom events, and Henry Coote '24 and Owen McLain '26 in the slalom. Sam Charrette '25 had a big giant slalom run for the Prep as well as Cole Hosmer '24.
On the track, the Eagles had an incredible end to the 2022–2023 indoor season as the Prep's track & field team, placed second at the 2023 D1 MIAA State Championships at the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center. The 4x200 relay team of Chris McDonough '23 (Catholic Conference MVP), Brady Pallotta '23, Brendan Burke '24, and Cooper Johnson '23 won with a blazing time of 1:32.86. Drew McStay '23 won in the high jump with a leap of 6'2". Callum Brown '23 was third with jump of 6'. The duo of Nathan Lopez '23 (Catholic Conference Most Outstanding Runner) and Paul Lovett '23 placed third and fourth in the two-mile with times of 9:14.72 and 9:34.60, respectively. McDonough also took fourth in the one-mile (4:20.61).
At the Meet of Champions, Lopez broke a 40-year-old record in the two-mile run with a time of 9:01.32, which placed him in second. McDonough placed fourth the 55m (6.50), Brown placed seventh in the high jump (6'2"), and the 4x400 relay team of Jeff Groth '23, Daniel Padley '25, Dylan Aliberti '24, and Aithan Bezanson '24 placed fourth with a time of 3:31.74. In the 4x200, McDonough, Pallotta, Burke, and Johnson placed third with a time of 1:31.
The squad has three individuals and two relays headed to the New Balance Nationals, March 10–12: Lopez (mile and two-mile), McStay (high jump), McDonough (60m), 4x200 relay, and the shuttle hurdles relay team of Aliberti, Brown, Bezanson, and Andrew Vigneaux '24.
The fencing team placed third at the state championships last week with standout performances from a number of student-athletes. In the foil, Aiden Miller '24, James Solopoulos '26, Kyle Nichols '25, and Liam Backman '26 combined for 26-16. In the epee, Mike Flynn '24, Manu Challagulla '25, Kevin Bleta '23, and Alan Xu '26 went 26-16. And in the sabre, Jack Jaworski '23 (captain), David Jim '24, Adam Slivka '23, and Sean Drzewiczewski '24 went 29-13 to round out the fantastic day!
Congratulations to all the Eagles who have competed and continue to compete this year!