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February 17, 2014

Brothers in arms

Triton's Boyle brothers are among six to qualify for states

BYFIELD – Ever since they first stepped on the mat four years ago, Mark, Luke and John Boyle have systematically rewritten the Triton wrestling record books, and now all three are headed to States.

This weekend, six members of the Triton wrestling team qualified for States by placing within the top four in their respective weight classes at Saturday’s Division III North Sectional meet in Danvers.

Mark Boyle was the team’s top performer, winning all three of his matches at 182 pounds to win the Sectional Championship. Luke went 2-1 to place second at 145 pounds, as did teammate Jake Durkin at 132 pounds, and John went 3-1 to place third at 152 pounds.

Brody Johnson (113 pounds) and Cody Nixon (138 pounds) also placed fourth in their weight classes to qualify for the Division III State meet, which will be held next weekend at Foxboro High School.

Also competing at sectionals was Charlie Frauenfelder (220 pounds) and Alec Moffat (285 pounds), who each placed fifth; Tom Howell (160 pounds), who placed sixth, and Josh Misiano (126 pounds) and Sam Haley (170 pounds).

“It’s a testament to how hard these kids are working,” said head coach Shawn McElligott.

Mark, a senior, and Luke, a junior, have both been on the Triton wrestling team for four years now. Luke made the team as an eighth-grader, as did John, now a sophomore in his third year with the program, and when all is said and done there is a good chance that all three will be among the top wrestlers to ever compete at Triton.

This season, Mark and Luke both won first place in their weight class at Cape Ann League meet to become three-time CAL Champions, and Mark was honored as the 2014 CAL Wrestler of the Year. Then last weekend at the MIAA State Dual Meet Tournament, Luke set a new school record for most career wins with 146, surpassing the total set by his mentor and assistant coach Brandon Hayes a decade ago.

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