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February 12, 2014

A regular season to remember

Triton has concluded its regular season on the mat, but what the program has demonstrated over the course of three months is undeniable.

Triton began the year with many unanswered questions. It had a roster with room to spare and a plethora of young, inexperienced talent, leading many to question what the Vikings were capable of. Was this a team that could not only compete in the CAL, but also grow as a program in the process? Or, was this a team down in both numbers and popularity that was destined to fall further as the season progressed?

With a 4-4 beginning to its season, the latter appeared likely, but what followed was a series of shattered records, personal achievements and 17 wins in the season’s last 19 contests.

The Vikings’ run began at the Lowell Holiday Tournament, where a school-record three Vikings placed in the prestigious tournament. From there, Triton won first place at the Brookline Warrior Duals Tournament, and just like that, a 4-4 record on Jan. 4 was improved to an 11-4 record in just one week.

Triton finished third in the league this season, just a half-point behind second-place Masconomet in the standings. While there was no CAL crown to be worn in Byfield, it was not a tournament rid of achievement for the Vikings. Cody Nixon set a personal milestone in his third and final match of the league tournament by beating his Lynnfield/North Reading opponent 2-0.

“I knew that was going to be my 100th win,” Nixon said after his big win. “I went out there and I took him down in the first period. From there, what was in my head was that I wasn’t going to lose the match and I didn’t.”

Then, Luke Boyle reached an individual achievement while rewriting program history in the process. At the MIAA State Dual Meet Tournament, Boyle became Triton’s all-time wins leader with 146, breaking a 10-year-old record.

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