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.
Led by a pair of local stars, the Masconomet girls hockey team is headed to the postseason. After being named Northeastern Hockey League All-Stars, Lily Dow of Triton and Jensena Moner of Georgetown will take the ice tonight in Masco’s tournament opener against Austin Prep at 5 p.m. at the Stoneham Arena.
Masconomet finished the year on a four-game unbeaten streak to wrap up the regular season with a 8-8-4 record. The Chieftains should hope that momentum carries over into the tournament, considering that the last time Masco played Austin Prep on Dec. 30, the Chieftains got whacked 5-1.
Newburyport High School athletic director Bob Clarke wants to give everyone a head’s up that tickets for tonight’s Newburyport girls basketball tournament game will be higher than normal due to MIAA regulations. Tickets will be $7 for adults and $5 for students, so prepare accordingly.
Not clowning around
South Carolina defensive end prospect Jadaveon Clowney turned heads at the NFL Scouting Combine yesterday when he recorded a jaw-dropping 4.53 40-yard dash time. To put things into perspective, Baylor’s Lache Seastrunk, one of the nation’s most explosive running backs, ran a 4.51, and USC’s Marquise Lee, one of the nation’s top wide receivers, recorded a 4.52.
People already knew Clowney was a special talent, but the fact that he can now boast to be as fast as some of the fastest players in college football is going to make him that much harder for NFL teams to pass up in April.
No. 1 at last
For the first time since 2007, the Florida men’s basketball team is the No. 1 in the country. After Syracuse lost two games over the past week, the Gators (25-2) climbed back to the top spot, holding off a still-undefeated Wichita State team (29-0) and a talented Arizona squad (25-2).
Florida is currently riding a 19-game winning streak, most recently beating a Marshall Henderson-led Ole Miss team 75-71 on the road. Florida’s last loss came back on Dec. 2, when the Gators were beaten by UConn 65-64 on a last second buzzer-beater by National Player of the Year candidate Shabazz Napier.