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February 26, 2014

A CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVE

Triton's Boyle reflects on winning the state championship

BYFIELD — It took Mark Boyle only 2 minutes and 32 seconds to become a champion.

This past weekend at the Division III State Championships, Boyle had one of the most dominant tournament performances in Massachusetts wrestling history. Boyle pinned each of his four opponents in under a minute to capture the state championship, setting a new state record for total mat time in the process.

After breezing through his first three opponents in the 182-pound division, Boyle saved the best for last. Facing No. 3-seeded Johnny Colon from Mt. Greylock, Boyle executed a perfect hip toss to score the pin and win the state championship match in a mere 18 seconds.

“It was one of the best moments of my life,” Boyle said. “It was something that I’ll always remember.”

Boyle said he came into the match knowing exactly what he was going to do, and for him it wasn’t a question of how he would win but how long it would take. The win doubled as the 150th of his career, and after the match was over he said he hugged his coach, teammates and family.

“It’s hard to put into words,” said Triton coach Shawn McElligott. “To see the culmination of what he’s done in four years, people might have more wins, but in four years to have 150 wins is incredible.”

The state championship is effectively the icing on what was already a well-decorated cake. Boyle has already earned just about every honor that can be bestowed on a high school wrestler: He has won three Cape Ann League championships, was named CAL Wrestler of the Year and won the Division III North sectional tournament prior to placing first at States.

It wasn’t always this way, however. McElligott said that Boyle was more or less an average wrestler his freshman year and didn’t really start to take off until he was a sophomore.

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