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March 3, 2014

Three wrestlers qualify for New Englands

Mark Boyle places 3rd at All-States

After winning the Division III State Championship, Triton’s Mark Boyle continued his dominant postseason run at this weekend’s All-State wrestling tournament, placing 3rd in the 182-pound weight division.

Boyle pinned both of his first two opponents before losing to eventual champion Nico Dionscotti of Lincoln Sudbury 6-4 in the All-State semifinals. He rebounded to beat Ian Steckel from Malden Catholic in the consolation semifinals 9-5, and then beat Nimat Umarov of West Springfield 3-1 to claim 3rd place.

“Mark just didn’t have enough against Nico; he wrestled very well,” said Triton coach Shawn McElligott. “I was very happy how he finished the day. He kept his composure and was able to beat a very tough Ian Steckel and finish the day beating Nimat again with a great takedown with 5 seconds left to take 3rd.”

Boyle will now advance to the New England Championships, and with four wins on the day, he improves to 47-4 on the year while tying his younger brother Luke for the program’s all-time career wins mark with 154 wins.

Wesolowski and Galanis qualify for New Englands

Pentucket’s Josh Wesolowski and Georgetown-Ipswich’s Constantine Galanis made history for their respective schools over the weekend by turning in the best showing at All-States from their respective schools in more than a decade.

Wesolowski’s 4th place finish at All-States was the best finish by a Pentucket wrestler at All-States since 1999, while Galanis’ 6th place finish marked the first time a Georgetown-Ipswich wrestler qualified for New Englands since the co-op’s formation in 2005. Prior to that, the last time a Georgetown wrestler reached New Englands was AJ Aulson in 1996, and the last time an Ipswich wrestler made it that far was Shawn Larochelle in 1988, back when there were only two divisions and no All-State tournament.

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