Brothers power Springfield Central to wrestling crown

The devastation that Jonathan and Richard Viruet caused on the wrestling mat during the Division 1 state championship on Wednesday night was nothing compared to what the two brothers have done to their Springfield home.

With their mother, Janet, often screaming nearby, Jonathan, a sophomore at Springfield Central, and Richard, a junior, have stormed through the house like a two-man tornado, fighting to tear each other apart, but instead smashing into furniture, at one point snapping the wood frame of their family sofa in two.

They were ready for this.


At Newton South High School Wednesday, the Viruet brothers put on two of the most dominating performances of the evening, with Richard pinning Chelmsford’s James Clasen in 3:47 in the 152-pound final, and Jonathan upsetting Barnstable’s Will Henson with a 4-0 sweep in the 160-pound final. Behind the Viruets, Springfield Central cruised to a team victory with 160½ points.

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“They just live and breathe wrestling,” said coach Darby McLaughlin. “That’s a huge part of it. Some kids wrestle. There are other kids that are wrestlers. There’s a difference.”

Richard’s match came first, as the No. 1 seed began the match being forced off the mat by Clasen. Sensing something was off, Jonathan moved over to Richard’s corner and screamed some advice, “Wake up, man.”

“I was like oh, I didn’t realize it was the state championship,” Richard said afterward. “I thought it was going to be an easier match than it was.”

He stormed into aggressor-mode and began attacking Clasen at every free moment. In the fourth minute of the third period, Richard took Clasen down and earned a victory by pin.


Pumped after his brother’s win, Jonathan put on a clinic in clean wrestling in a performance described as perfect by his coach. Viruet was cautious, taking points where he could.

Led by Ben Defronzo in the 106-pound class, Lincoln-Sudbury took second with 127 points. Chelmsford finished third with 104½.

Franklin’s Ben Zogby (38-0) picked up his 100th career victory (100-17) with a 4-2 win in a 113-pound final against Lowell’s Devon Thompson.

Methuen had a pair of wrestlers earn their third state title as Christian Monserrat cruised in the 120-pound final, giving the All-American a 50-0 record this winter, and Paul Sughrue won at 132 pounds to improve to 287-15 in his career.

Other winners included Billerica’s Nick Derosa (120) and Leo Trindade (195), New Bedford’s Paolo Tavares (138), Chelmsford’s Scott Mcquiade (145) and Ben Melisi (170), Bridgwater-Raynham’s Aaron Conrad (182), and St. John’s Prep’s Ian Butterbrodt (220).