NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

January 1, 2014

Icing on the cake for Triton wrestlers

By Tim Lima
Sports Reporter

---- — BYFIELD — Triton High School wrestling capped off a history-making weekend at the Lowell Holiday Tournament with a speedy, dominating win against Peabody yesterday.

A quick meet lasting no longer than 20 minutes was just what the doctor ordered for an exhausted Vikings team that faced Peabody, the morning after concluding the annual tournament.

“We came out this morning and it was tough because we wrestled seven, eight, nine matches in the past couple days,” senior captain Mark Boyle said.

“The kids who lost early in the tournament also came out today and wrestled hard. We scored 60 points today and I don’t think we have ever scored that many points since I have been here.”

The Vikings would actually end up with 66 points, a very impressive number that you can go years without seeing.

To put it in perspective, no team competing in the Cape Ann League this year has scored over 60 points until today. The most points Triton had scored as a team heading into their meet against Peabody was 41.

Eleven Vikings would win on the day including the weekend’s three stars.

Boyle was one of the three Triton wrestlers to place at the Lowell Holiday Tournament that consisted of hundreds of wrestlers from 74 different teams around New England. Boyle was in the 185-pound weight class with 54 other wrestlers, finishing with a 4-2 record.

“Obviously it was quite the accomplishment to have three kids from Triton place at a tournament with 74 teams competing,” Boyle said.

“Last year I got 5th and I was the only kid to place, so it’s good to see my brother and (Jake Durkin) come in and place with me. I wanted to do better this year, but I lost to a No. 1 seed and a No. 2 seed. Everyone can improve, though, and get better, but this was a good start.”

Mark’s younger brother, Luke, also placed 5th, something he credits to a proper mindset and desire.

“Two years ago, I made it to the same spot, but I never moved on to place,” Luke said. “This year, I was in that spot again and I thought to myself, ‘I can’t let this happen again.’ It is all about mindset and wanting to go out there. You don’t really care about who the kid you’re facing is, you just want to beat him. It’s about having confidence.”

Luke finished the weekend with a 6-2 record in the 145-pound weight class consisting of 64 wrestlers. He finished ahead of 59 of them.

Jake Durkin also placed fifth at the tournament, knocking off a Division 3 champion from New Hampshire in the process.

Durkin wrestled in a 145-pound weight class consisting of 56 competitors.

Following that performance, he rose to the occasion this morning to beat his opponent by fall in just 16 seconds.

“Mark Boyle, Luke Boyle and Jake Durkin are exhausted and they really put forth a great effort today,” said Triton head coach Shawn McElligott.

“I was very pleased to end the 2013 year with a great win.”

For McElligott, the recent success in 2013 is an indication that 2014 may be a year destined for special things.

“For those kids to perform at that high of a level was pretty impressive,” McElligott said.

“How we did at that tournament is likely how we are going to do at states or at New England’s.

“We thought we were going to do well going in, but it was one thing to think about it — they actually went out and performed. We are getting some guys back and doing some great things, so I am very happy.”

Triton 66, Peabody 12 138 lbs.: Cody Nixon won by fall in :23 145 lbs.: Jake Durkin won by fall in :16 152 lbs.: Luke Boyle won by fall in :47 160 lbs.: John Boyle won by fall in 1:40 170 lbs.: Tom Howell won by fall in 1:19 182 lbs.: Mark Boyle won by fall in 1:49 220 lbs: Alec Moffat won by fall in :53 106 lbs: Gabriel Walker won by fall in :28 (first varsity win) 113 lbs.: Brody Johnson won by fall in :53 126 lbs.: Josh Misiano won by fall in :34 132 lbs.: Lewi L'Heureux won by fall in 1:17 Triton is now 4-2 on the year and will face Malden Catholic on Saturday.