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February 25, 2014

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Unstoppable

Triton senior Mark Boyle had as dominant a performance at this weekend’s Division III State Championship Tournament as any wrestler in recent memory. Boyle pinned all four of his opponents in under a minute, and in the finals he hit Mt. Greylock’s Johnny Colon with a hip toss and pinned him in 18 seconds to claim the Division III State Championship.

“People win state titles, but they don’t pin four guys, you just don’t see that,” said Triton coach Sean McElligott. “Ten years from now, people might remember the state champs, but they’ll remember the guy who pinned their way through a state championship. Four wins, it’s just incredible.”

In total, Boyle recorded four pins in two minutes and 32 seconds, which is a new state record. Boyle, his brother John Boyle and teammate Jake Durkin will all compete in Friday’s All-State Tournament at the Tsongas Center in Lowell.

No leg to stand on

One Triton wrestler who won’t be competing at All-States is the third Boyle brother, as Luke Boyle will be forced to sit out the rest of the season after suffering a strained MCL.

The injury did not stop Boyle, however, from winning four of his matches at this weekend’s Division III Tournament to claim fourth place in the 145-pound weight category. Boyle strategically forfeited his first match against the tournament’s top seed, and then subsequently beat each of his next four opponents on the injured leg before losing to his final opponent in the bronze medal match.

Darsney headedto Nationals

After placing third in the high jump at Saturday’s All-State Indoor Track meet, Triton senior Kerstin Darsney is headed for Nationals.

Darsney is currently tied as the No. 3 high jumper in the country with a personal best of 5 feet, 8 inches, and this week she will compete at the MSTCA Pentathalon and at the New England Championships, both of which will be held at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, before traveling to the Armory in New York City for the National Championship meet on March 14.

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