VIRGINIA BEACH – After losing his first match on Friday, Triton wrestler Mark Boyle won four straight matches at the NHSCA High School Senior National Championships on Saturday before being eliminated one round short of earning All-American status.
Boyle went 4-2 on the weekend to finish in the Top 12 of the tournament. Both of his losses came to competitors who went on to make All-American, and two of his wins came by way of pinfall.
Also competing at Nationals was Mark’s younger brother John Boyle, who competed in the sophomore division and went 1-2, beating Trevor Johnson of West Virginia 2-1 in the first round before losing to competitors from Virginia and Ohio in his next matches.
The weekend didn’t get off to a great start for Mark. Boyle lost his first match 12-10 to Johnny Beltran of California, who placed in the California All-State tournament and would later go on to become an All-American. With the loss, Boyle dropped to the consolation bracket, which meant he’d face a long road to get back to the medal rounds.
Boyle caught a break in his first match on Saturday, however, after Maryland’s Malik Smith forfeited their match due to injury. Boyle went on to beat his next opponent, pinning Christopher Amonett of Virginia at 1:00.
In the next round, Boyle faced off against Skyler Gonzalez, a fourth-place finisher at the California All-States. Boyle wound up winning the match 3-2 in ultimate overtime, the equivalent of quadruple overtime, after he was able to escape from a hold before the allotted 30 seconds were up.
“That was Mark’s best match of his life. I’ve never seen him wrestle like that,” said Mark Boyle Sr., Boyle’s father.
Shortly afterward, Boyle was matched up against Billy Raulston, who was the state champion of Tennessee. Boyle made short work of Raulston, taking a huge lead before pinning him outright at 0:51.