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Concord Monitor 2018 Winter Sports Awards: Alex Buteau, Wrestling

  • Concord High’s Alex Buteau acknowledges the crowd after winning 3-2 against Timberlane’s Ryan Cole in overtime. Later in the season, he’d win a state title. ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff



Monitor staff
Friday, April 20, 2018

Coming into the 2017-18 wrestling season, Concord High senior Alex Buteau had some unfinished business to handle.

Last winter, Buteau placed just sixth in the Crimson Tide’s own tournament, the Capital Area Classic. He lost in the semifinals at the Division I championships and had to settle for third. And he lost in triple overtime in the third/fourth-place match at the Meet of Champions, just missing out on a trip to New Englands (the top three finishers at the MOC qualify).

It took plenty of work, but Buteau handled all that business.

Not only was he sixth in the Cap City as a junior, he hadn’t even placed as a freshman or sophomore. But all that changed in late January when Buteau beat Manchester Memorial’s Alex Ashooh in the 220-pound final to claim a Cap City crown. Buteau won it in impressive fashion, too, as he exploded at the opening whistle of the third period to escape, gain control and quickly pin Ashooh.

“Winning at this tournament in my senior year,” Buteau said afterward, “it’s special.”

The special wins kept coming in February. Buteau pinned his first two opponents at the D-I meet before facing Pinkerton Academy’s Robert Fahey in the final. The two were scoreless after the first period before Buteau took a 1-0 lead in the second with an escape. The Concord senior needed to ride Fahey for the entire third to hold that lead, a very tough task, but Buteau was up to the challenge and claimed the D-I title.

“That’s all I could dream about since my freshman year, winning D-I, and I finally got it,” Buteau said at the time.

A week later at the MOC, Buteau once again pinned his first two opponents and once again Fahey was waiting in the final. It turned out to be another one-point decision for Buteau, 3-2.

That was the fourth meeting of the year between Buteau and Fahey, and the series between those two reflected Buteau’s entire season. He lost to Fahey in the first match, getting pinned in early December at Salem’s Blue Devil Classic. But he turned things around and claimed a 3-1 decision when they met in a dual meet on Jan. 10, and then won the two matches that mattered most in the D-I and MOC finals.