All-State champ wraps up great high school career

Published March 13, 2020

STATE CHAMP Sean Herbert earned a bronze medal at the 2020 New England High School Wrestling Championship. (Steve Karampalas photo)

By JENNIFER GENTILE

MELROSE—Melrose High senior Sean Herbert is wrapping up his high school wrestling career on his highest of notes: a bronze medal in the New England Finals. On Sunday, March 8 at Methuen High, Herbert became the state bronze medalist in the 152 lb weight class after an 8-2 victory over Cole Shaughnessy. It represents the highest victory mark for the senior captain wrestler.

What’s more, he earned his 200th win on Sunday, which puts him in a rare class of Melrose High wrestlers. Herbert’s career record is now 205-18.

Herbert first hit the scene as a state champion 8th grader out of Saugus. When he transferred to Melrose, the league was on notice that they would have to get through him if they wanted postseason glory. Herbert quickly made his mark in Div. 3, earning two state championships before his senior year and two team state titles. This season, he captured his first All-State title alongside teammate Hunter Adrian.

State championships come pretty easy to Herbert, who has earned four as a member of the Melrose High wrestling team (2017, 2020) and the Melrose Red Raider football team (2017, 2020), making Herbert a bit of a lucky charm. He had a very strong football season this year but it was wrestling that saw him in his truest form. On March 1, he became All-State champ in the 152 which punched his ticket to New England’s. Overall, his high school numbers have been wildly impressive.

Stats:

*Lowell  Holiday Champ

*5 times Sectional Champ

*4 time Div. 3 State Champ

*All-State Champ, 2020

*New England Bronze Medalist

*5 Time All-State Placer

As he prepares for graduation, Herbert has expressed gratitude to his coaches, family and friends for a heck of a ride. “I’d like to thank all my coaches over the years, Mom and Dad and the people who stood behind me and supported me through it all.”